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Cavanagh and McKernan back to give Tyrone a welcome boost

 

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By John Campbell

The return to action of Colm Cavanagh and Michael McKernan has further strengthened the hand of Tyrone boss Mickey Harte ahead of the Ulster Championship.

Harte, who is expected to take in Saturday's Derry v Leitrim Division Four final at Croke Park, is currently mapping out his plans for the Ulster Championship preliminary round tie against the Oak Leaf men on May 12.

And with Kyle Coney, Darren McCurry and Conal McCann also having come off the bench against Galway on Sunday, Harte has rich resources at his disposal.

Cavanagh's re-appearance in the Tyrone jersey is seen as a significant boost ahead of the Championship. He may be wearing protective head gear because of an ear injury but the Moy clubman is capable of wielding a big influence within a Red Hands side that has been hitting the high spots.

Wins over Dublin and Galway may not have delivered a place in the league final but they sent out a strong message that when it comes to the All-Ireland series the Red Hands are unlikely to be found wanting.

On paper, Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly and Cathal McShane formed the full-forward line against Galway and the confident manner in which they compiled 2-11 between them will not have gone unnoticed by the defensive units in those sides deemed to have viable claims to the Sam Maguire Cup.

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