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Malachy O'Rourke could have more tricks left to pull

By Declan Bogue

Monaghan have named the same XV to start the Ulster semi-final replay against Armagh, as they did last Thursday night.

However, while that may be the team selection as printed on the matchday programme, manager Malachy O'Rourke rarely starts his team as printed.

Prior to throw-in for the first installment, Jack McCarron and Padraig Donaghy came in as replacements for Chris McGuinness and Paudie McKenna in the half-forward line.

Both Donaghy and McCarron later were withdrawn and McGuinness and McKenna made appearances as substitutes.

Armagh have delayed naming their team for this weekend's clash, and could be in line to repeat a similar move to last weekend when they only revealed the team three quarters of an hour before throw-in.

Meanwhile, two black cards coming from the Tyrone v Monaghan Ulster quarter-final have been overturned in a landmark decision by the Central Hearings Committee.

The record books will record that Darren McCurry of Tyrone and Monaghan midfielder Darren Hughes have become the first men to be cleared of black card offences.

The motivation to clear their name would be rooted in the effect of accumulated black cards. Should a player receive three, he would be suspended for the subsequent game.

McCurry's black card came midway through the second half. He was overturned of possession and knocked to the ground and getting up, an opponent tripped over him.

Hughes' case could become a textbook example for further appeals. Sean Cavanagh was heading towards goal and Hughes came across to tackle, when Cavanagh clamped his arm and fell over, causing the appearance of Hughes dragging Cavanagh down.

Monaghan also have another black card lifted when Conor McManus was sent to be replaced in last Saturday's Ulster semi-final against Armagh with 25 minutes still remaining in the game.

His case was also heard and he has received a pardon. It is not known if Armagh's Kyle Carragher appealed his black card.

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