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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6360 on: February 13, 2018, 12:07:48 PM »
Has this been switched to the Athletic Grounds from Celtic Park?  Tyrone GAA have this on twitter.

Yeah it's been moved to Armagh with a 6pm throw-in. They moved it from Derry because Derry are playing their refixed league game on Sunday.

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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6361 on: February 13, 2018, 02:17:43 PM »
Thanks

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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6362 on: February 16, 2018, 12:24:18 PM »
Dr McKenna Cup final: Colm Cavanagh returns for much-changed Tyrone

Donegal hope to end Tyrone's bid for a seventh consecutive McKenna Cup title

2018 Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Final
Venue: Athletic Grounds, Armagh Date: Saturday, 17 February Throw-in: 18:00 GMT

Coverage: Live video stream on the BBC Sport NI website
Colm Cavanagh is named in a Tyrone team for Saturday's Dr McKenna Cup final which shows 14 changes from last weekend's League win over Kildare.

Defender Cathal McCarron is the only player to retain a starting role.

Brendan Burns and Michael Cassidy are named in the defence with Errigal Ciaran's Ben McDonnell partnering Cavanagh at midfield.

Harry Loughran and Ronan McHugh are selected in an attack that does include Declan McClure and Ronan O'Neill.

The bench includes regular starters Niall Morgan, Mattie Donnelly, Peter Harte and Niall Sludden.

'No love lost between teams' - Doherty

Speaking in the run-up to the game, Donegal defender Eamonn Doherty has admitted there is "no love lost" with Tyrone ahead.

The two sides will meet in a rearranged match at the Athletic Grounds after the early stages of the tournament were disrupted by bad weather.

"It's neighbouring counties who have seen an awful lot of each other the last few years," said Doherty.

"There's no love lost between the two teams so both will be going for it hammer and tongs."

Donegal are still without a win from their opening three league matches while Tyrone registered their first victory with a battling one-point success against Kildare in round three.

"I don't think the mentality changes," added Doherty.

"There is a trophy on the line in the middle of the league but in hindsight it's a good thing because it could make it a more interesting game.

"Both teams will be that bit fitter after a few tough league games so the form is going to be a bit better."

Tryone beat Donegal by 1-21 to 1-12 in their Ulster semi-final last year

Donegal's three defeats in Division One have all been by narrow margins with a five-point loss to All-Ireland champions Dublin at Croke Park following one-point defeats by Galway and Kerry.

Tyrone, who began the league with losses against Dublin and Galway, will host their neighbours at Healy Park when they meet in round five of Division One.

"We have been playing well but playing well doesn't necessarily get you points on the board and that shows," admitted Doherty.

"It's against Tyrone so there's a bit of bragging rights coming up to a league game, on the third of March in Healy Park, and as well as that it's a morale booster going into the Kildare game next week.

"So it's a very important game, it's not just a McKenna Cup final."

Tyrone's magnificent seven

Tyrone have dominated the McKenna Cup in recent years and the Red Hands will be targeting a seventh consecutive title at the Athletic Grounds.

The reigning Ulster champions have moved off the foot of the Division One table following their narrow win at Newbridge and manager Mickey Harte hopes his side can take that momentum into Saturday's final.

"It's such a difference between having two league points and none," said Harte.

"We would have been bottom basement again if we had lost that game but now the way the results have gone, it kind of puts you as a mid-table team.

"We won't be flattered by that either because there's very good games coming up and anybody can beat anybody in Division One, apart I suppose Dublin - they seem to beat everybody - but everybody else would believe they have a chance against the others."

Donegal manager Declan Bonner must decide whether or not to hand a first start of the season to Michael Murphy, who came off the bench during the defeat by Dublin.

The two-time All Star winner could be set to renew his attacking partnership with Patrick McBrearty, who has been in sensational form for Donegal in the early part of 2018.

"It's exciting to see Michael getting back," said Doherty.

"He's a leader in the team and it's good to have him back training now as well because he just lifts the whole team and the standards that he sets brings the whole squad with him."

Tyrone: M O'Neill; A McCrory, C McCarron, B Burns; M Cassidy, R McNabb, K McGeary; C Cavanagh, B McDonnell; D McClure, H Loughran, C McCann; D McCurry, R McHugh, R O'Neill.

Replacements: N Morgan, M Donnelly, P Hampsey, P Harte, C McAliskey, HP McGeary, C McLaughlin, P McNulty, C McShane, C Meyler, N Sludden.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/northern-ireland/43049736
« Last Edit: February 16, 2018, 12:28:28 PM by never kickt a ball »

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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6363 on: February 16, 2018, 04:25:38 PM »
Game is being shown on the bbc website tomorrow night.
That was never a square ball!!

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« Reply #6364 on: February 17, 2018, 01:12:26 PM »
Game is being shown on the bbc website tomorrow night.
Link?
Is the ref going to finally blow his whistle?... No, he's going to blow his nose

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« Last Edit: February 17, 2018, 02:32:56 PM by BennyHarp »
That was never a square ball!!

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Is the ref going to finally blow his whistle?... No, he's going to blow his nose

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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6367 on: February 17, 2018, 06:14:29 PM »
Donegal 1-4 Tyrone 1-2 after 10 minutes

Crazy scoring.

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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6368 on: February 17, 2018, 06:16:45 PM »
No blankets in this game. Two association football like goals scored.

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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6369 on: February 17, 2018, 06:19:45 PM »
No blankets in this game. Two association football like goals scored.

Nevermind no blankets, there's hardly any defending at all.


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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6370 on: February 17, 2018, 06:20:57 PM »
Very enjoyable game

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« Reply #6371 on: February 17, 2018, 06:31:48 PM »
Pace of scoring has dropped considerably with a lot of scoreable wides on both sides.

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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6372 on: February 17, 2018, 06:35:49 PM »
Donegal went 15 minutes without getting a score there.

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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6373 on: February 17, 2018, 06:41:32 PM »
Players like Ronan O’Neill and Ronan McHugh need to be doing much more to put pressure on for a starting spot in NFL. Not good enough tonight. McCurry doimg much better.

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Re: McKenna Cup 2018
« Reply #6374 on: February 17, 2018, 06:43:07 PM »
Great coverage. The BBC is giving better service to the GAA than RTE.