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Tyrone management duo facing selection headaches for Ulster final

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Big task: Feargal Logan relishes challenge of picking Tyrone side for final. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Big task: Feargal Logan relishes challenge of picking Tyrone side for final. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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Big task: Feargal Logan relishes challenge of picking Tyrone side for final. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The new Tyrone football management team of Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher may only have been in charge of operations for six matches up until now, yet they are already facing what they see as their biggest challenge.

The duo need no reminding that such is the competition for places right now that choosing their starting team for Saturday’s Ulster Senior Championship final against Monaghan will be a huge challenge.

Yet you won’t hear too many complaints. Having watched the side retain their place in Division One of the league by playing four games prior to beating Cavan and Donegal in the Ulster Championship, the management team believe that they now possess a detailed insight as to the depth of talent at their disposal.

It’s the performance of substitutes in the championship to date that has added an extra edge to the battle for starting places.

“I wouldn’t say selecting the team is an unpleasant problem,” smiles Logan,

“When you look at the way in which players like Conor McKenna, Mark Bradley, Tiernan McCann, Cathal McShane, Frank Burns and Paul Donaghy have played since coming in from the bench I think this reflects the options we have. We will certainly need them against Monaghan.”

Meanwhile, the Ulster Minor Football Championship will click into top gear on Wednesday when four quarter-final matches will be played (all 7.30pm).

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Tyrone will host Down at O’Neill’s Healy Park, Omagh while newly-crowned All-Ireland champions Derry have had to put their celebrations on hold as they will be meeting Armagh at Owenbeg.

The quick turnaround could benefit Derry who beat Kerry to claim the All-Ireland title.

Cavan will have home advantage against Fermanagh at Kingspan Breffni while Monaghan will take on Donegal at Clones.

This will be the first of three competitive matches for Monaghan at different levels within four days as they will meet Down in the U20 final on Friday night and, of course, Tyrone in the senior decider on Saturday.


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