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Tyrone rocked by Coney injury KO

By John Campbell

In a week when it was confirmed that up and coming star forward Ronan O’Neill would undergo surgery for his cruciate ligament injury next Tuesday the news on the injury front for Tyrone does not get any better.

Kyle Coney who has been the star attacker for the O’Neill County during this year’s National League campaign has effectively been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

The Ardboe ace suffered a serious groin injury in the second half of his club’s opening league fixture on Sunday last against Greencastle.

Coney appeared to hurt himself quite badly when hitting a free kick off the ground and had to be helped from the field in considerable pain. An MRI scan on Tuesday revealed a very nasty injury which will require surgery as soon as possible and will mean the All-Ireland minor winner with The Red Hands in 2008 will play no further part this season for his club or county.

Coney had been in outstanding form with Tyrone throughout the league and had formed quite a partnership with Owen Mulligan and team captain Stephen O’Neill.

He was expected to figure prominently in Mickey Harte’s Championship side but will now, along with Ronan O’Neill, have to content himself with coming to terms with his injury and getting fully fit for the start of the 2013 season.

Meanwhile, two Tyrone clubs who incurred the wrath of the county’s Competitions Control Committee will meet in the All County League on Sunday knowing that before a ball is kicked the title is well beyond their compass.

Dromore and Carrickmore were hit with heavy sanctions following trouble that marred last year’s league final which was won by Dromore who had earlier won the championship title.

Part of their punishment was that neither club will this year be allowed to participate in the top four competition which climaxes the league. Sunday’s match will go on at Healy Park, Omagh and it is understood that the proceeds will go to charity in line with a CCC ruling.

Should either Dromore or Carrickmore or both finish in the top four, then they will be replaced by the team or teams immediately below them for the semi-finals.

Tyrone county star Martin Penrose may miss Sunday’s contest because of injury although the team can still rely on experienced players such as Conor Gormley and Caolan Daly.

Ronan McNabb, Cathal McCarron, Ryan McMenamin, Colm McCullagh, Eoin McCluskey and Niall Sludden are among Dromore’s leading lights.

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