Tyrone travel to Hyde Park Roscommon today knowing that they face a daunting challenge when they take on The Rossies. Mickey Harte has opted to reshuffle his defence and bring Cathal Mc Carron back in for his clubmate Ryan Mc Menamin. The extra height and physical strength of Mc Carron should help the Red Hands as they take on a big strong physical Roscommon side. The home team were well beaten first day out in the Connacht championship but have taken great confidence from their win over Armagh in the qualifiers. They will be buoyed up by this win and with Donie Shine the focal point in attack they will fancy their chances of taking another famous scalp.
Tyrone of course are no strangers to tricky challenges in the qualifiers and have come up against similar challenges in them before. With a fit Justin Mc Mahon back in harness the manager has increased options available to him and he may well need to make use of several of these options as he seeks to negotiate this difficult hurdle. It is almost unthinkable to contemplate Tyrone being out of the championship before the middle of July but defeat today would see just that. Hyde Park has never been a favourite venue for Tyrone teams and anything less than a fully committed performance could make for an edgy afternoon. It could well be quite a battle but with the experience of men like Joe Mc Mahon, Conor Gormley and Stevie O’Neill to call on we have to expect Tyrone to make it through to the next round of the qualifiers.