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Errigal Ciaran's Ciaran McGinley answers Tyrone's call

By Declan Bogue

Published 26/07/2013

Dublin's Jack McCaffrey and Ciaran McGinley of Tyrone
Dublin's Jack McCaffrey and Ciaran McGinley of Tyrone

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte has made only one change to the Red Hands starting 15 as he prepares to break the Meath hoodoo this Saturday in Croke Park in the round four qualifier game.

Staying largely faithful to the team that took care of Kildare last weekend, Harte replaces Aidan McCrory with his Errigal Ciaran clubmate Ciaran McGinley in an intriguing switch.

McGinley is more renowned as a forward, and he could be in line for a direct switch with Joe McMahon, who is named once again as wing-forward but seems likely to reprise his role as sweeper directly in front of the full-back line.

The other positional switch involves Ryan McKenna going to corner-back from his usual wing-back berth.

There were doubts earlier in the week about Cathal McCarron's fitness but he has been cleared to play. Given that Tyrone will be concerned about the pace of Meath's former under-19 Irish sprint champion – attacker Eamon Wallace – they will be delighted to include McCarron in from the start. Goalkeeper Niall Morgan continues his rehab but it is looking ever-more likely that he may not play any more football in this calendar year, excluding club action. However, they already have an able deputy in Pascal McConnell, who was in goal for the 2005 and 2008 All-Ireland triumphs over Kerry. Justin McMahon is not named in the match day 26, but it would not be a surprise to see him included on Saturday. The Omagh St Enda's defender has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

Tyrone (v Meath): P McConnell; R McKenna, C Clarke, C McCarron, C McGinley, P Harte, C Gormley, S Cavanagh, C Cavanagh, Matthew Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, Joe McMahon, D McCurry, S O'Neill [Capt], M Penrose.

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