Monaghan and Tyrone go head to head

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

Ulster champions Monaghan meet Tyrone in the provincial quarter-final on Sunday afternoon in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final, which Tyrone won by two points.

Tyrone have made three changes from the side that defeated Down after a replay. Conor Clarke is out after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury, and is replaced by championship debutant Conan

Grugan, while experienced duo Martin Penrose and Stephen O’Neill come in for Emmet McKenna and Kyle Coney.

Monaghan are without Conor McManus, and they have included Dick Clerkin, Pádraig Donaghy and Jack McCarron in their starting side. None of those three started Monaghan’s last competitive game, the Division II final against Donegal.

McManus is undoubtedly a big loss for Monaghan, the 2013 All Star ruled out having damaged ankle and knee ligaments in a match for his club Clonti bret a month ago. That said, McManus himself expects a very close game between two sides who he thinks have very little separating them.

“We know Tyrone well, not alone from the quarter-final last year but over the last four or five years or whatever, going back to Séamus McEnaney’s time,” he told this week.

“We’re fairly familiar with Tyrone and Tyrone, likewise with us. There’s going to be no hidden secrets between the two teams.”