Sigerson Cup-winning skipper Conor Meyler returns to action for Tyrone
ST Mary’s University College Sigerson Cup-winning skipper Conor Meyler will hope to continue his sparkling form when he lines out for Tyrone against Cavan at Healy Park.
Omagh, St Enda’s clubman Meyler has been an ever-present for the Red Hands so far and he is named in the half-forward line alongside Niall Sludden and Peter Harte as Tyrone look to build on their draw against Dublin.
Allstar Mattie Donnelly returns to the panel after missing the game against the Dubs following a concussion against Roscommon – he has been left on the bench for Sunday’s Division One clash, despite being cleared to play.
Donnelly missed the thrilling draw at Croke Park after sustaining a blow to the head during the first round win over Roscommon.
Manager Mickey Harte makes two changes to the side that claimed a point at ‘Headquarters’.
Clonoe’s Mickey O’Neill replaces Niall Morgan in goal, while Mark Bradley, who received a straight red card against Dublin, is replaced at corner-forward by Ronan O’Neill.
Three-time All-Ireland winner Sean Cavanagh is still awaiting his first start of the season, having come in as a substitute against both Roscommon and Dublin.
Cavan and Tyrone both drew last time out, but the Breffnimen – managed by former Tyrone full-forward Mattie McGleenan – came out on top when the sides met in the opening Dr McKenna Cup game back in January.
Meanwhile, Derry manager Damian Barton has made two changes to his side for Sunday’s meeting with Division Two pacesetters Kildare at Celtic Park.
Conor McLarnon replaces Ben McKinless in goal and Ballinderry clubman Oisin Duffin is named at centre-half-back. Derry began their League campaign by salvaging a draw against Clare with a late equaliser but they were well beaten by Meath in Navan last time out.
Visitors Kildare have started their League campaign in impressive form. They began with a 10-point win against Meath and followed that by beating Cork by six points last time out.
In Division Three, Armagh include long-serving defender Brendan Donaghy in their starting line-up for the trip to Longford.
Clonmore clubman Donaghy replaces Aidan Forker, who was sent off in the Orchardmen’s home loss to Laois, and Maghery’s Ben Crealey returns at midfield alongside Stephen Sheridan.
Oisin O’Neill – man of the match in the Sigerson Cup final – switches to half-forward, with Stefan Campbell wearing the number 14 jersey and Ethan Rafferty missing out.
The Orchardmen have failed to capitalise on winning positions against Sligo and Laois so far this season and another defeat will leave Kieran McGeeney’s men in relegation trouble.
Tyrone (Division One v Cavan): M O’Neill; P Hampsey, R McNamee, C McCarron; T McCann, Justin McMahon, A McCrory; C Cavanagh, D McClure; C Meyler, N Sludden, P Harte; D McCurry, C McShane, R O’Neill
Substitutes: N Morgan, R Brennan, F Burns, S Cavanagh, M Donnelly, C McCann, HP McGeary, K McGeary, R McHugh, P McNulty, J Monroe, C McCullagh, M Cassidy, H Loughran
Derry (Division Two v Kildare): C McLarnon; N Keenan, C Nevin, P Hagan; N Forester, O Duffin, M McEvoy; J Kielt, C McAtamney; E Lynn, E McGuckin, C McWilliams; D Tallon, N Loughlin, B Heron
Substitutes: T Mallon, O Hegarty, C McGrogan, G O’Neill, C Mullan, M Craig, R Bell, M Warnock, N Toner, B Grant
Kildare (Division Two v Derry): M Donnellan; M O’Grady, D Hyland, O Lyons; J Byrne, E Doyle, K Cribbin; K Feely, T Moolick; F Conway, N Kelly, P Cribbin; N Flynn, D Flynn, B McCormack
Armagh (Division Three v Longford): M McNeice; M Shields, C Vernon, P Hughes; B Donaghy, N Rowland, A McKay; S Sheridan, B Crealey; R Grugan, O O’Neill, N Grimley; A Duffy, S Campbell, O Mac Íomhair