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Ulster Final: Harte puts himself in picture for Tyrone

A player with just 90 minutes of Ulster Championship action under his belt is set to make Tyrone’s starting line-up for the forthcoming provincial football final against Monaghan.

Peter Harte was introduced as a substitute in the Red Hands’ quarter-final victory over Antrim prior to earning a starting place in the semi-final victory over Down.

Now the 20-year-old Errigal Ciaran player, who first came to prominence at minor level, is in the frame to face a Monaghan side that is desperately anxious to break the stranglehold which Armagh and Tyrone have exerted on the Ulster title for the past decade.

Harte’s subtle touches against Antrim were followed by a more rounded display against Down when he started at wing-back before moving into the forward division after man of the match Martin Penrose dropped deep to form a crucial link between defence and attack.

Harte’s clever positional sense allied to an eye for scores now means that the Tyrone management have been presented with posers as the countdown begins in earnest to the final.

Davy Harte and Ryan McMenamin did not start against Down because of injuries although the former played for Errigal Ciaran in their Tyrone championship victory over Cookstown at the week-end — a match in which Peter Harte, incidentally, was particularly outstanding.

Such was Tyrone’s efficiency in the second-half against Down when they clinically suffocated their opponents’ efforts to re-establish a foothold in the contest after dominating the opening quarter that manager Mickey Harte may now be persuaded to retain his half-back line of Peter Harte, Conor Gormley and Philip Jordan.

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