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Red Hands primed to hurl out a message of defiance

By Staff Reporter

Tyrone will enter today's Ulster Shield hurling championship semi-final against Fermanagh at Clones (3.00pm) determined to make amends for their capitulation against Donegal in the Allianz League Division 3A final last weekend.

The Red Hands suffered an ignominious 4-25 to 1-11 mauling and see the Shield as an avenue of redemption.

They will confront a Fermanagh side which endured a disappointing itinerary in Division 3B winning just once.

Tyrone will look to the likes of Damien Casey, Conor Grugan, Ryan McKernan and Justin Kelly to spark their challenge while Fermanagh can lean on the talents of Sean Corrigan, John Duffy and Declan McGarry for inspiration.

In the other semi-final, Derry will also be keen to make up lost ground. They charted an unimpressive course through Division 2B winning just two of their five matches, and only managing to avoid relegation in the process.

Today they will face a steely Monaghan outfit at Healy Park, Omagh (3.00pm) where manager Collie McGurk will summon a big effort from his side. He is hoping that Oisin McCloskey, Ruairi Convery, Sean McCullagh, Ciaran Steele, Alan Grant and Kevin Hinphey can set the tone for a big performance.

Monaghan will look in particular to key finishers Brian McGuigan, Donal Meegan and Fergal Rafter to get them into the final.

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