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Tyrone can draw on home comforts in Division One

By Declan Bogue

Published 13/09/2016

Welcome boost: Mickey Harte can plan for four home games
Welcome boost: Mickey Harte can plan for four home games

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has been handed a favourable run for the Red Hands' return to Division One of the National League in 2017.

The Belfast Telegraph can reveal the GAA draft fixtures, and the Ulster champions enjoy home advantage in four of their seven games as they seek to build on last year's Division Two success.

They open the season by hosting Roscommon, and thereafter have home games against Cavan, Monaghan and Mayo, while they face Dublin, Donegal and Kerry away.

Down open with Fermanagh at home, then face Clare (A), Meath (H), Derry (A), Kildare (H) and Galway (H), and finish with the long trip to Cork. Donegal begin by hosting Kerry, followed by Roscommon (A), Dublin (H), Cavan (A), Tyrone (H), Monaghan (H) and Mayo (A).

Damian Barton's Derry have Clare at home for the season opener, followed by Meath (A), Kildare (H), Down (H), Galway (A), Cork (H) and Fermanagh (A). Armagh begin life back down in Division Three desperately looking to get out. They open with a trip to Sligo, then face Laois (H), Longford (A), Offaly (H) and Louth (A), before finishing with two home games against Antrim and Tipperary.

Frank Fitzsimons and Gearoid Adams' Antrim host All-Ireland semi-finalists Tipperary first up, before facing Offaly (A), Sligo (H), Louth (A), Laois (H), Armagh (A) and Longford (H).

Fermanagh, Monaghan and Cavan weren't so lucky and have the majority of their games away. The Ernesiders take on Down (A), Galway (H), Cork (A), Kildare (A), Clare (H) and Meath (A), before their final game against Derry in Brewster Park.

Monaghan tackle Mayo (A), Cavan (H), Kerry (A), Tyrone (A), Roscommon (H) and Donegal (A), before hosting Dublin on the final day of the season.

Division One new boys Cavan, who are still seeking a manager, will face Dublin (H), Monaghan (A), Tyrone (A), Donegal (H), Mayo (A) and Kerry (H), before finishing away to Roscommon.

The Antrim hurling management team of Terence McNaughton, Dominic McKinley, Neal Pedan and Gary O'Kane have three of their five Division 2A games at home - against London, Kildare and Westmeath -with trips to Carlow and Armagh.

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