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Build-Up: DERRY vs TYRONE (The Six To Watch!)

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Posted by Darren Kelly in Features | May 2017

Ulster Senior Football Championship – Sunday, 28th May – 2pm Celtic Park

NIALL KEENAN (Derry)

The under 21 captain led the county to an Ulster final and played a key role in the Derry full back line. The Queen University is considered a strong man marker and will be deployed to keep an eye on Tyrone’s key threat.

TIERNAN McCANN (Tyrone)

Has responded from the ‘rufflegate’ saga in 2015 to become a key part of Tyrone’s plans. If Mickey Harte’s charges are going to prove themselves as All-Ireland contenders or retain their Ulster crown, they’ll need their wing back to lead the defence.

JAMES KIELT (Derry)

Enjoying Damian Barton’s more direct style of play even if Derry will contain the play when the need requires. Kielt has performed well around midfield for the Oak Leafers contributing crucial scores including a league equaliser against Clare.

RONAN McNAMEE (Tyrone)

The enforcer at full back for the Red Hands, McNamee is now one of the leaders of the new generation. With Tyrone favouring a counter attacking style, McNamee is the man responsible for ensuring their opponents don’t profit from a similar tactic.

CONOR McATAMNEY (Derry)

Was rumoured to be opting out for 2017, the mobile half forward is involved with Derry and scored a goal against Fermanagh in the league. They’ll need his work rate to cut out supply to Tyrone’s attack after their disappointing McKenna Cup Final.

NIALL MORGAN (Tyrone)

One of the instigators for goalkeepers coming down the field to take frees, Morgan’s abilities from dead balls is considered essential in any Tyrone ambitions. After being challenged for the jersey by Mickey O’Neill, is expected to maintain his position for the summer.

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