Tyrone make two changes for trip to Tipp

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Tiernan McCann has forced his way into Tyrone’s starting fifteen for Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC Round 3B Qualifier clash Tipperary.

McCann made a major impact off the bench in the last round, when his strong and direct running helped the Red Hands get over a tricky tie against Meath.

Darren McCurry is also restored to the starting fifteen. He too impressed as a second half substitute last weekend, scoring a classy point and adding an extra spark to the attack.

Richie Donnelly and Barry Tierney are the players to lose out in the two changes made by manager Mickey Harte for Tyrone’s first appearance at Semple Stadium.

Justin McMahon will play no part in the clash with the Munster men, ruled out for the second game in a row by injury. His older brother Joe continues to deputise at centre back.

Two members of the U21 team which defeated Tipperary in the controversial All-Ireland final are included, with Mark Bradley and Rory Brennan due to renew acquaintances with around half a dozen of the Tipp players they faced at Parnell Park back in May.

Another member of the U21 team, Conor Meyler, makes his first appearance in the match-day squad, having been called up recently by Harte.

Sean Cavanagh will set a new record with a 76thchampionship appearance, pulling clear of previous leader Conor Gormley, who retired at the end of last season.

Tyrone: N Morgan, A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron, R McNabb, Joe McMahon, P Harte, C Cavanagh, M Donnelly, T McCann, M Bradley, R Brennan, D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey.