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Dublin: 2°C Thursday 26 November 2020

Stephen O’Neill back in Tyrone team, Kildare make 2 changes

The teams meet on Saturday night in Newbridge.

Tyrone's Stephen O'Neill.
Tyrone's Stephen O'Neill.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

Updated 22.38

STEPHEN O’NEILL RETURNS to the Tyrone team for Saturday’s All-Ireland senior football qualifier against Kildare in Newbridge.

The return of O’Neill is a major boost to Mickey Harte’s side after his recent injury travails.

Harte has made two changes to the side that struggled to shake off Roscommon in the last round in Dr Hyde Park.

O’Neill comes into the full-forward line in place of Conor McAliskey.

While Aidan McCrory starts at right corner-back with Joe McMahon moving into the half-forward line and Ciaran McGinley the player to lose out as Tyrone prepare to do battle with Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare side.

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Meanwhile, Kildare have made two changes for the game.

Tomas O’Connor comes in for Paul Cribben at full forward, while Captain Eamonn Callaghan also starts, having missed the game with Louth through injury.

TYRONE: Pascal McConnell; Aidan McCrory, Conor Clarke, Cathal McCarron; Ryan McKenna, Peter Harte, Conor Gormley; Colm Cavanagh, Sean Cavanagh; Matthew Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, Joe McMahon; Darren McCurry, Stephen O’Neill, Martin Penrose.
Subs: Michael O’Neill, Dermot Carlin, Aidan Cassidy, Kyle Coney, Conan Grugan, Plunkett Kane, Jonathan Lafferty, Conor McAliskey, Danny McBride, Tiernan McCann, Justin McMahon.
KILDARE: Shane Connolly; David Hyland, Peter Kelly, Hugh McGrillen; Eamonn Callaghan, Morgan O’Flaherty, Emmet Bolton; Daryl Flynn, Padraig O’Neill; Daniel Flynn, Niall Kelly, Eoghan O’Flaherty; John Doyle, Tomás O’Connor, Paddy Brophy.

Subs: TBA

Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy

First published at 21.38

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