Peter Harte has been cleared to play in Tyrone’s opening Super 8s game against Roscommon on Saturday after having one of his black card offences overturned.
Harte has been the topic of much discussion after receiving three black cards in this season’s Championship, with his dismissal the last day out against Cavan meaning that he must serve a one-match suspension. However, many believed that some of the offences committed by Harte never warranted a black card and that Tyrone would appeal one of them.
Tyrone manager, Mickey Harte made it clear that they would be appealing against the suspension and his persistence paid off on Thursday evening when his nephew’s black card against Longford was rescinded by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC).
News of Peter Harte’s return comes as a huge boost to Tyrone as they prepare to travel to Dr Hyde Park on Saturday in what is sure to be a red-hot atmosphere in the home of the Connacht Champions, Roscommon.
Tyrone go into the game as favourites having bounced back well from their Ulster SFC semi-final defeat to Donegal. They dispatched of Longford, Kildare and Cavan en route to qualify for the Super 8s and will be full of confidence that they can navigate their way through the group considering that they’ve already defeated Dublin this season and are due to welcome the All-Ireland Champions to Healy Park in the final round.
Roscommon, however, are currently riding the crest of a wave having put both Mayo and Galway to the sword en route to a third Connacht title of the decade. After suffering a couple of heavy quarter-final defeats in the past few years, the Rossies look primed and ready now to step it up and ask questions of the top-tier sides.