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Moy's Harry Loughran could provide answer to Tyrone's attacking crisis

 Moy's Harry Loughran races away from Pomeroy's Gareth McAleer. Picture: Seamus Loughrann
Francis Mooney

Harry Loughran could provide the answer to Tyrone’s injury crisis and present a real goal threat for the Qualifier trip to Pairc Tailteann on Saturday week.

Tyrone drew Meath in yesterday's All-Ireland SFC First Round Qualifier draw, while Derry must face Kildare, Cavan travel to Wicklow, Antrim to Offaly and Armagh to Westmeath.

With front men Lee Brennan and Mark Bradley both ruled out of the clash with Meath by injury, and Peter Harte absent through suspension, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte faces an attacking dilemma.

But Loughran’s club form could push him into the frame, and he scored two brilliant goals in The Moy’s Division One win over Galbally at the weekend.

He also hit the net seven times in the club’s triumphant All-Ireland IFC campaign last season.

Harte may be forced to reshuffle his pack, and a move up front for centre back Frank Burns is a possibility. The versatile Pomeroy man was a goal-scorer in his club’s 3-7 to 1-13 draw at Dromore on Sunday.

Other options for the crucial clash with the Royals could see call-ups to the Tyrone attack for Richie Donnelly, Kieran McGeary, Conall McCann or Ronan O’Neill.

There was relief for Harte as his players came through a round of league games without suffering any further injury setbacks.

Colm Cavanagh came through Moy’s 4-8 to 0-17 win over Galbally, his first appearance for the club this season, gaining valuable match time as he continued his recovery from a quad muscle injury. Cavanagh, clearly lacking in sharpness, was withdrawn at the halfway stage of Tyrone’s Ulster SFC defeat to Monaghan.

All-Ireland SFC First Round Qualifier draw

Derry v Kildare

Meath v Tyrone

London v Louth

Wicklow v Cavan

Offaly v Antrim

Limerick v Mayo

Westmeath v Armagh

Wexford v Waterford

The draw, featuring the 16 teams eliminated before the provincial semi-final stage, was made live on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland by former Kerry star Colm Cooper and the GAA's Head of Games Administration and Player Welfare Feargal McGill.

The match venues and times will be confirmed by the CCCC on Tuesday afternoon with the fixtures scheduled for weekend of June 9th/10th.

All matches will be required to finish on the day under the new Championship protocols.

Division One leaders Trillick powered to another high-scoring win despite the absence of Brennan, powering past Aghyaran to record a 3-14 to 1-8 result, with the Donnelly brothers, Mattie and Richie, along with Rory Brennan, coming through unscathed.

They had goals from Rory Brennan, James Garrity and Niall Gormley as they made it eight wins in a row, without dropping a single point in the opening half of the league campaign.

Omagh won the local derby at Killyclogher, with Damien McGuigan’s goal just before half-time setting them up for a 1-14 to 1-7 success at Ballinamullan.

Ronan O’Neill weighed in with some well taken scores, and along with Conor Meyler, came through without suffering injury, as did Killyclogher’s McCann brothers, Tiernan and Conall.

Coalisland’s impressive revival continues under new manager Damien O’Hagan, and a 12 points win over Carrickmore at Pairc Colmcille helped them move up the league table.

They were 3-15 to 0-12 winners, with Paddy McNeice, Michael McKernan and Cormac O’Hagan getting their goals. McKernan and Tyrone colleague Padraig Hampsey both completed the game.

The derby clash of Donaghmore and Edendork finished level on 1-16 each, with former Tyrone attacker Darren McCurry netting a penalty to put the St Malachy’s in pole position, but Peter McKenna’s late fisted point earned a draw for the home side. Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan contributed a few points for Edendork.


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