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Tyrone Call Up Nine Players For McKenna Cup

Monday 16.12.2013
Team Talk Mag
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Following a series of trials Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has added nine names to his panel for the defence of the McKenna Cup next month. With established names such as Sean Cavanagh, Conor Gormley and Stephen O’Neill all taking a well earned rest while others are on the injured list it’s a chance for the newcomers to stake a place in the squad ahead of the beginning of the National League campaign.

Two players make a return to the panel while County champions Clonoe have two included as well. Niall McKenna, who won All Ireland minor and Hogan Cup medals in 2008, is included again having played in the National League a couple of years ago while Peter Hughes is the second player to earn a recall. Hughes was instrumental in his club Eskra winning the Tyrone Intermediate championship this season for the first time in their history, a championship run that only ended a couple of weeks ago when they lost out to Monaghan champions Truagh in the Ulster Final.

PJ Lavery and Danny McNulty were key figures as Clonoe won the O’Neill Cup for the eighth time in their history this season, both players finding the net in their final win over Carrickmore. Lavery is a superb attacking wing back who used to play soccer for Dungannon Swifts while full forward McNulty was on the Tyrone minor side that won Ulster honours in 2012.

Shay McGuigan becomes the latest member of the famous Ardboe family to feature for Tyrone seniors, following in the footsteps of his father Frank as well as older siblings Frank, Brian and Tommy. Eglish’s Emmett McKenna joins a panel that includes his brother Ryan with Dungannon’s Patrick Quinn, Omagh’s Hugh Gallagher and Derrytresk’s Kevin Campbell all set to get an opportunity as well to show what they can do at this level.

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