Tyrone county stars have little time to reflect on All-Ireland semi-final defeat
THE Tyrone SFC is set to get under way next week, giving many of the county stars little time to get over their heavy All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin.
Trillick, with four county players, including Allstar Mattie Donnelly, are first into action when they face Strabane at Healy Park on Friday week.
The 2015 champions will be fancied to clear the first hurdle and book their place in the quarter-finals.
Coalisland’s Padraig Hampsey will be back with his club for the championship opener against Galbally on Saturday, September 10 in Edendork.
Later that day, a host of Tyrone stars will face off in Dunmoyle when champions Killyclogher begin the defence of their O’Neill Cup title.
The McCann brothers, Tiernan and Conall, along with Mark Bradley, will face a Pomeroy side backboned by Kieran McGeary and his brother Hugh Pat, as well as Frank Burns.
A day later, the tie of the opening round sees Clonoe take on Dromore in Carrickmore.
There’s speculation that Clonoe attacker Connor McAliskey could make his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury that saw him miss Tyrone’s League and Championship campaigns, while Ronan McNabb is set to return from injury to boost Dromore, who also have Niall Sludden and Cathal McCarron in their side. Declan McClure will also line out for the O’Rahilly’s.
In the curtain-raiser, the recently retired Sean Cavanagh will begin football life outside the inter-county scene by pledging his total commitment to Moy as they take on Augher in the intermediate championship.
There’s more Donnelly Vauxhall SFC action on Friday, September 15 when Healy Park hosts the floodlit clash of Dromore and Greencastle.
The following day, Peter Harte and Aidan McCrory will be in Errigal Ciaran’s side when they face Urney in their opener in Killyclogher.
And on Sunday, September 17, Ronan O’Neill, Conor Meyler and Justin McMahon will line out for Omagh against an Ardboe side with David Mulgrew leading the attack at Loughmacrory.
Earlier in the day, Edendork, with Niall Morgan and Darren McCurry in their side, take on Carrickmore in Dungannon.
Meanwhile, this Sunday is D-day for many clubs as the final round of league games will spark celebrations for some and evoke despair for others.
Coalisland and Errigal Ciaran have already qualified for the division one semi-finals, and five clubs will battle it out for the remaining two places.
Defending champions Dromore face Omagh in the big game of the day, with both teams bidding to make it into the top four.
Clonoe are also poised to qualify, and they travel to Trillick to face a team with nothing to play for.
Ardboe got themselves right back into contention with a 0-14 to 1-10 win over Killyclogher in the only game played during the past week.
The Rossas travel to Pomeroy, where a win could secure a place in the semi-finals.
Killyclogher, last year’s beaten finalists, are still in the mix as well, but they face a difficult trip to Dunmoyle to take on an Errigal side that will be keen to sign off on a winning note before moving on to the semi-finals.
At the other end of the table, Greencastle look set to face automatic relegation, irrespective of the result of their meeting
with Strabane, who are facing
a relegation play-off against Urney
to salvage their division one