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Can This Mickey Harte Selection Overcome The Challenge Of The Dubs?

Tyrone have named their side to take on defending All-Ireland champions Dublin on Saturday night in Healy Park, Omagh.

With a rare win over Jim Gavin’s men on the line, Mickey Harte has picked a strong spine in the side as the Red Hand county look to go one better than the draw they had in Croke Park at the same stage of the competition last year.

However, when the sides met in Croke Park in August, it was a much more humbling affair as the Dubs booked their spot in the All-Ireland final with a 2-17 to 0-11 win.

Eight of the team that started that day are selected for Saturday with big performances expected from the likes of Peter Harte, Matthew Donnelly and Tiernan McCann.

Tyrone opened their league campaign with a defeat against Division 1 new boys Galway. With the Dubs, Kerry and Mayo all getting two points on the board, Mickey Harte will be anxious to get off the mark sooner rather than later.

Having played in Division 2 as recently as 2016, Tyrone will see relegation as unthinkable.

With the dog-eat-dog world that is Division 1 football, players such as Richard Donnelly, Lee Brennan and Cathal McShane will all have pressure on their shoulders. That said, what better opportunity will these players have to show their worth and force their way into a championship selection?

TYRONE team to play Dublin in the Allianz National Football League: 

Niall Morgan;

Ciaran McLaughlin, Cathal McCarron, Hugh Pat McGeary;

Tiernan McCann, Padraig Hampsey, Peter Harte;

Mattie Donnelly, Declan McClure;

Richard Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Kieran McGeary;

Lee Brennan, Cathal McShane, Connor McAliskey.

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