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Harte in bold selection for Croke Park


By Declan Bogue

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte last night named the team that will start Sunday's All-Ireland final against Dublin at Croke Park.

With just one change from the Red Hands side that defeated Monaghan, Harte has gone for what looks like a daring selection, naming three players who will play on the inside line in Mark Bradley, Richard Donnelly and Connor McAliskey.

Conor Meyler has won his fitness race after bruising a knee bone against Donegal and takes his place on the bench, though he might be slotted in at the last minute in a man-marking job on Dublin's speedster Jack McCaffrey.

Kieran McGeary has won a starting slot, while Harte has held regular replacements Lee and Rory Brennan, Conal McCann, Harry Loughran, Declan McClure and Ronan O'Neill in reserve.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that alterations could be made before the ball is thrown up in Croke Park, but generally that has never been Harte's form, although Dublin make an average of three changes to every line-up they announce beforehand.

TYRONE TEAM: N Morgan; M McKernan, R McNamee, P Hampsey; T McCann, F Burns, P Harte; C Cavanagh, C McShane; M Donnelly (capt), N Sludden, K McGeary; M Bradley, R Donnelly, C McAliskey

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