Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Return of the Kilcoo trio is a huge boost for Down

Ulster goal: Shay McGuigan hopes to make his  championship debut for Tyrone against Down
Ulster goal: Shay McGuigan hopes to make his championship debut for Tyrone against Down

Down will have their trio of Kilcoo players back in time for Sunday's qualifier match against Leitrim, a source within the Mourne County has confirmed.

It had been reported that Jerome and Ryan Johnston – sons of selector Jerome – and Paul Devlin would still be on holiday in Spain while the round 1B qualifier match was being contested.

However, that is not expected to be the case now as the players are due to return tomorrow, ahead of Sunday's fixture.

Shay McGuigan is poised to become the fourth McGuigan brother to play Championship football for Tyrone as he is named to start at centre-forward in their round 1B qualifier tie against Louth in Healy Park this weekend.

Justin McNulty drops to the bench and Ronan McNamee takes up his position as full-back, while PJ Quinn of Moortown comes in at corner-back.

Quinn has not played for Tyrone since March 9 and that heavy league defeat away to Kerry.

In fact, it was his only competitive appearance for Tyrone this season.

Sean Cavanagh moves to midfield to join his brother Colm, with Emmet McKenna taking up the right half forward position. Stephen O'Neill continues at full-forward.

After having been called up this week to the senior panel, AFL target Conor McKenna has been named on the bench.

Monaghan have named the same team to start their Ulster semi-final against Armagh that began their quarter-final win over Tyrone.

With Feargal Flanagan and Martin Dunne suspended, Cavan have thrown up a surprise in naming Michael Lyng as centre-forward for the visit of Westmeath to Breffni Park this weekend.

Joshua Hayes and Robert Maloney-Derham come in to beef up the half-back line while captain Alan Clarke has been named to start at corner-back which could be a surprise, given his work as sweeper for the last couple of seasons.

David Givney has been named as full-forward, where he started against Armagh when it became apparent that Dunne would not be fit to start that game.

While Antrim hurlers are gearing up for the visit of Offaly to Ballycastle this weekend, they have named the two Johnston brothers, Ciaran and Conor, among the substitutes.

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