Tyrone make two changes ahead of Meath clash

Tyrone's Joe McMahon
Tyrone's Joe McMahon

Joe McMahon will make his first competitive start of the season for Tyrone against Meath in Saturday’s 2B SFC Qualifier clash at Healy Park.

Manager Mickey Harte has been forced into making another change through injury with goalkeeper Mickey O’Neill ruled out, allowing Niall Morgan to take over.

Derry are also in qualifier action on Saturday against Wexford.

Derry boss Brian McIver isn’t taking anything for granted saying: “Wexford are a very young side, very fit side, very mobile.

“They have a couple of outstanding players and not just this season - Ciaran Lyng and Ben Brosnan have been excellent footballers down the years.”

On Sunday, Armagh will face Galway with Fermanagh playing Roscommon in the qualifiers.

Aaron Findon has been recalled to the Armagh starting 15 but captain Ciaran McKeever misses out again as manager Kieran McGeeney makes only one change for the game.

Both players were absent for the 2-17 to 2-7 Round 1B victory over Wicklow two weeks ago, and although midfielder Findon has managed to overcome an ankle injury, McKeever is set to be sidelined once more with a calf problem. Findon’s return sees Tony Kernan drop to the bench.

Fermanagh beat Antrim last week in the qualifiers with Sean Quigley in the form of his life, hitting 0-14.

Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath will be hoping that Quigley will remain on song this weekend in Brewster Park, though he knows that the lethal forward will come in for special attention on Saturday.

“His accuracy and his coolness under pressure was very good. We all know how talented he is and he will realise when you score 14 points you’ve got to be ready for a bit more attention,” said McGrath.

McGrath will also be pleased that he can welcome Ryan McCluskey back into his panel. McCluskey was sent off against Monaghan and banned for the second Antrim instalment.