It was remarked on before the game that Tyrone manager Mickey Harte had an abundance of riches at his disposal if required on his bench for the game against Armagh. He eventually made five changes and the quality of his options and the depth of his squad were clearly illustrated when the five replacements were announced. Justin Mc Mahon was the first change as he replaced an out of sorts Ryan Mc Menamin late in the first half. The Dromore man appeared at times to be struggling with Stevie Mc Donnell and had just picked up a booking after a bit of a tangle with the Armagh captain. The Omagh St Endas man and former first choice full back settled into the game seamlessly and had a fine game at centre half.
The manager eventually withdrew his two corner forwards and replaced them with team captain Brian Dooher and the effervescent Martin Penrose while Errigal Ciaran pair Davy Harte and Enda Mc Ginley also got opportunities for some game time late in the match. Not a bad quintet to have at your disposal and remember Owen Mulligan, Dermot Carlin, Aidan Cassidy and Cathal Mc Carron who have all figured in this year’s championship campaign were not required. Judging by the quality of these replacements and the standard of play produced by Sean O’Neill and Martin Swift it would appear that the panel is looking stronger than ever.