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Cathal McCarron returns for Tyrone's Donegal match

By Declan Bogue

Tyrone have made one switch from the side that lost out in the closing moments to Cork in the last round of the National League, ahead of their visit to bitter rivals Donegal this Sunday.

Cathal McCarron, who was feeling the effects of a hamstring twinge against Dublin and so was rested for the visit of the Rebels, comes back into the defence in place of Dwayne Quinn.

Mickey Harte keeps faith with a defence-minded team that features Tiernan McCann, Mattie Donnelly and Ryan McKenna in the half-forward line, all whom have played in the half-back line at stages this season.

It is both an illustration of how the game has evolved from Donegal's all-out defence, and a logical route for Harte to go down. For the last number of seasons, Tyrone have been accused of being tactically naive when coming up against the biggest teams.

Since a heavy defeat on the opening night of the league to Monaghan, Tyrone have adopted this approach and it has brought them two draws against Dublin and Derry, a win over Mayo and narrow defeat last time out to Cork. Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke has opted for no changes whatsoever to the team.

TYRONE (v Donegal, NFL Div 1): N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; R McNabb, Justin McMahon, P Harte; C Cavanagh, P McNulty; T McCann, M Donnelly, R McKenna; D McCurry, S Cavanagh (Capt), C McAliskey

DERRY (v Kerry, NFL Div 1): T Mallon; O Duffy, N Holly, K Johnston; L McGoldrick, C McAtamney, M McIver; M Lynch (Capt), E Bradley; SL McGoldrick, D Heavron, E Lynn; B Heron, E McGuckin, J Kielt

MONAGHAN (v Kerry, NFL Div 1): R Beggan; C Boyle, V Corey, D Wylie; D Mone, F Kelly, K O'Connell; N McAdam, D Hughes; R Wylie, P Finlay, D Malone; T Kerr, K Hughes, C McManus

ANTRIM (v Laois, NHL Div 1B Play-off): C O'Connell; R McCambridge, A Graffin, O McFadden; N McManus (Capt), N McAuley, S McCrory; Ciaran Johnston, M Bradley; PJ O'Connell, P Shiels, E Campbell; C Clarke, C Carson, Conor Johnston.

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