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Tyrone bring back Hampsey and Morgan for big showdown with Mayo

By Declan Bogue

Tyrone have made two changes to the team that started in their only defeat of the Allianz League - against Donegal in Ballybofey last Saturday night - as they prepare for the visit of Mayo to Healy Park on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Niall Morgan once again rotates with Michael O'Neill for the custodian's position, while Padraig Hampsey slots back into defence and ousts Cathal McShane, who loses his starting slot in the shake-up.

Mickey Harte will also have the option of bringing back a number of under-21s into his squad after Feargal Logan's men were also well beaten in Ballybofey on Wednesday night. They include David Mulgrew and the highly-rated Lee Brennan.

In the meantime, the experiment of placing Sean Cavanagh and Matthew Donnelly in the full-forward line continues.

While Derry get ready to host Cork in a must-win game this weekend in Celtic Park, they will no doubt be keen to get some of their Slaughtneil contingent back into the line-up.

Derry's defence is only 'beaten' by Offaly's, by a matter of two points, as the leakiest in all four divisions. Last weekend was another poor performance as they shipped 5-15 to Galway.

They could bring back Chrissy and Karl McKaigue, along with Brendan Rogers, to steady the rearguard as they prepare for a Rebels team low on morale and with a number of injuries.

Reports from the Oak Leaf county also suggests Mark Lynch could be ready to play a role.

TYRONE (v Mayo): N Morgan; P Hampsey, R McNamee, C McCarron; R Brennan, Justin McMahon, T McCann; C Cavanagh, D McClure; K McGeary, N Sludden, P Harte; M Bradley, S Cavanagh, M Donnelly

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