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TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship Round 1

Saturday 14.07.2018
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


 

Tyrone V Wicklow

Sunday Clones

Tyrone manager Gerry Moane is expected to confirm several changes to his lineup as his side face Wicklow in the first round of the new look all Ireland intermediate championship at Clones on Sunday.

Upwards on seven players from the squad will be unavailable for a variety of reasons. Original dates for the series had Tyrone starting last weekend, having this weekend off before two further round robin games on the bounce. Those dates were not confirmed to the Red Hand county until May. A family wedding, work and travel were all pencilled in by the players.

Tyrone eased to a third Ulster title with a facile win over Down but have made no secret of the fact that they want to return to centre stage at Croke Park this Autumn. This weekend’s clash will offer them a real chance to kick start their campaign.

This is a new look format with four groups set to decide the quarter finalists with the top two in each group progressing. A win on Sunday would be the perfect start for Moane’s side although he has several players unavailable for what will be a real test against the national league division four winners.

The manager talked earlier this year about the need for a big squad and that will certainly be required in what will be a hectic few weeks of football. ” If we can win the group we will have a good quarter final draw” explained Moane “but there will be no easy games. We expect a tough opener at Clones.”

The return to full fitness of several key players who missed the league is a boost for Moane and Tyrone as they face into group two games against Wicklow and Offaly. A third game against Leitrim won’t go ahead with the Connacht side withdrawing at the eleventh hour.

With the game against Leitrim now off the agenda, club league fixtures have been fixed for Friday 20th and Saturday 21st. Manager Moane confirmed that he had confirmed to the fixtures committee that county players would be available to clubs for the Friday and Saturday. However he outlined plans to have his players back anf refocused on the Sunday for a tough outing against Offaly.

” It’s important the clubs get games played but we do need the girls back on the Sunday as we prepare for the final group game. We hope clubs will understand the importance of allowing us the Sunday again and get their games played on the Friday or Saturday.”

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