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Red Hands keen to get back on track after consecutive defeats

It's rare indeed for Tyrone to lose two competitive games on the trot but it's against this backcloth that Mickey Harte's side must seek redemption when they take on UUJ in Section C of the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup at Healy Park, Omagh tonight (7pm).

The Red Hands surrendered the O'Fiaich Cup to neighbours Armagh when they fell in last month's final and lost to Cavan in their opening Dr McKenna Cup tie last weekend.

Indeed, Tyrone have not been knocked out of this competition before the semi-final stage since 2008.

Connor McAliskey, the emerging Michael Cassidy and Rory Brennan will be among the absentees tonight while Mattie Donnelly is suspended.

UUJ manager Martin McHugh still believes that the university sides should not be in the McKenna Cup but this is unlikely to diminish his desire to make it an unwanted hat-trick of defeats for Tyrone.

Cavan, who brought Tyrone's 25-match unbeaten run in the McKenna Cup to an end last weekend, will be in fine fettle for their clash with Declan Bonner's Donegal U21 side tomorrow.

Cavan: J Farrelly; F Reilly, P Faulkner, K Brady; C Brady, M Reilly, G Smith;J McCutcheon, T Corr; J Dillon, T Mooney, K Clarke; S Tierney, N McKiernan, S Johnston

Donegal (probable): D Rodgers; D McMonagle, S McMenamin, C Morrison; E Ban Gallagher, N Friel, D O'Baolill; T McClenaghan, M Carroll; C Bonner, M Langan, N O'Donnell; C Doherty, G McBride, J Brennan.

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