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Tyrone set to fly out of the traps in bid for McKenna joy

By Declan Bogue

It's that time of year again when we are forced into giving predictions on games featuring squads that will only become apparent when teams line up for throwing the ball in. Why, it has to be another edition of the Dr McKenna Cup!

In Section A, Tyrone are back in their home ground of the Athletic Grounds in Armagh - oh, wait - after the results of a Healy Park pitch inspection meant they had to move their game against Antrim.

You would expect Tyrone to emerge victorious.

Elsewhere in the same group, Cavan - who are struggling to compile a panel at the last time of checking - have the Sigerson Cup champions St Mary's coming to Breffni Park with a real spring in their step.

Section B has the tastiest tie of the night, with Down hosting Armagh in a repeat of last year's Ulster Championship tie.

Damian McErlain finally gets his teeth into a senior match as he takes over in the Derry hotseat from Damian Barton, with Ulster University coming to Owenbeg in the other Section B game.

In Section C, Rory Gallagher's third coming as a Fermanagh man arrives in Brewster Park as he faces fellow county man and former team-mate Malachy O'Rourke, who begins his sixth season in charge of Monaghan.

The other game features Donegal's Declan Bonner taking over as manager for the second time with Queen's University heading for Ballybofey. All games throw-in at 8pm.

In last night's Conor McGurk Cup fixtures, it was a rough night for hurling as Down fell to QUB on a 2-11 to 1-3 scoreline, while Antrim had little trouble with UUJ, getting past with a 1-18 to 2-7 win.

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