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O'Neill form leaves Harte with keeper headache

Published 25/06/2015

Mickey Harte faces a few selection decisions before Tyrone's showdown with Limerick
Mickey Harte faces a few selection decisions before Tyrone's showdown with Limerick

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has a big call to make tonight when he finalises his team to face Limerick in Sunday's All-Ireland Qualifier at Healy Park, Omagh.

The Red Hands boss must choose between a fit-again Niall Morgan and Clonoe clubman Mickey O'Neill for the goalkeeping position following the latter's impressive performance in the Ulster Championship preliminary round defeat to Donegal.

Morgan has been the regular incumbent for the past two years but injury ruled him out of contention for the Donegal game with O'Neill instead getting his chance.

The latter's commanding presence, accurate kick-outs and athleticism highlighted a successful debut and has now left Harte with a dilemma as he prepares to resurrect his team's championship campaign.

Lee Brennan's sparkling form for Trillick could also see him earn game-time against a Limerick side that will come to Healy Park determined to build on their display against Clare in the Munster Championship.

Brennan scored 1-10 for Killyclogher against Dungannon Clarkes in the senior club championship and his marksmanship could complement that of Darren McCurry in the Tyrone full-forward line.

McCurry scored the Red Hands' goal against Donegal and could bolster his career should his team progress in the qualifiers.

Tiernan McCann and Mark Bradley are two other players in line for action against Limerick while Ronan O'Neill is keen to reinvigorate his inter-county career.

The Tyrone squad have been together for the past three weeks during which Harte has conducted an intensive build-up.

Tyrone have charted significant progress through the qualifiers in the past but manager Harte is not looking beyond Limerick, particularly in light of some recent surprise results in the tournament.

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