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Harte refusing to panic despite loss of top stars for McKenna bid


John Campbell

By John Campbell

He may have had to digest some rather uncomfortable facts recently in relation to the composition of his squad but Tyrone boss Mickey Harte is far from reaching for the panic button.

With Connor McAliskey having stepped aside, Mattie Donnelly engaged in a lengthy rehabilitation process following injury and Cathal McShane thought to be on his way Down Under, Harte is denied a substantial raft of experience for the McKenna Cup at least.

When his side take on Cavan at Healy Park, Omagh tomorrow (2.00) it will include a number of new faces but there will still be a flavouring of familiar personnel.

Cavan are in a somewhat similar position to the Red Hands with influential trio Dara McVeety, Killian Clarke and Conor Moynagh having distanced themselves from Mickey Graham's squad leaving players such as Padraig Faulkner, Martin O'Reilly, Gearoid McKiernan and Ciaran Brady to provide a seasoned edge to the side.

And while Tyrone bid to make what they hope will prove a winning start in their bid to capture the McKenna Cup for the 12th time in Harte's term in charge, new Fermanagh boss Ryan McMenamin will be aiming to collect his first win at Antrim's expense at Ahoghill (2.00).

And Donegal boss Declan Bonner will be seeking an encouraging display from his side when they square up to Monaghan at Ballybofey (2.00).

Bonner is without some of his regulars from 2019 but believes that the introduction of several promising U20 players will boost his squad.

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