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Postponed McKenna Cup games will be played on Sunday

By John Campbell

The Ulster Council has moved quickly to reschedule the remainder of the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup competition following the postponement of four third round games last night because of unplayable pitches.

The Tyrone v Antrim, Derry v Queen's, Donegal v Fermanagh and Cavan v Monaghan games will now go ahead on Sunday and the semi-finals have been moved to next Wednesday.

The final is still set for Saturday, January 24 and obviously Council officials are keeping their fingers crossed that adverse weather does not prompt more postponements.

With the Allianz League due to get under way on January 31, the Council is anxious to have its early-season tournament wrapped up in advance of this date.

Meanwhile, last year's beaten McKenna Cup finalists Cavan have been dealt a blow now that experienced forward Eugene Keating has withdrawn from the panel.

It is understood that Keating has been recovering from injury lately but manager Terry Hyland now confirms that the strapping forward, who plays his club football with St Sylvester's in Dublin, will take no part in Cavan's 2015 itinerary.

"Eugene has dropped out for a year because of work commitments. It's very much for personal reasons, there's nothing else involved," states Hyland.

And Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is to introduce new protocols governing his players' involvement with the media.

The Red Hands, too, are likely to end their three and a half year boycott of RTE.

It was put in place after the John Murray radio show broadcast an insensitive sketch about manager Harte, just months after the murder of his daughter Michaela McAreavey on her honeymoon.

It is believed that designated players will now be selected to undertake media interviews on an ongoing basis.

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