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Sunday’s Team May Well Be More Than The Sum Of Its Parts.
It has often been said of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte that he tends to prefer experience over youth and to an extent that is true. However a quick look at the team he has named for Sunday would appear to suggest he is keen to test the mettle of some of these young guns. Originally four debutants were named but following Ronan Mc Namee’s injury that might well change. However it still has the appearance of an inexperienced and somewhat experimental side.
A closer look tells a different story when you realise that Justin Mc Mahon, Dermot Carlin and Peter Harte are all very experienced defenders and can be relied upon to slip into any position in the back six where there may be a problem. New full back Conor Clarke is as comfortable further out the field as he is on the edge of the square which will please the manager while Ronan Mc Nabb, Stephen Mc Nulty, Aidan Cassidy, Niall Mc Kenna and Colm Cassidy are versatile enough to play in several positions thus giving the manager even greater options. Indeed should things not be going well he can always turn to a hugely experienced and very talented bench where there are plenty of players who are well capable of coming on and changing the game as was seen against QUB last week.
So it may appear to be a bold call by the manager, but it is one he can feel confident about. The Tyrone team that takes to the field against Antrim might look light and lacking in experience in some positions but it is a team of potential and a signpost of what the future may hold.