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Roscommon forward Cathal Cregg.
Roscommon forward Cathal Cregg.

Preview: Roscommon v Tyrone

Saturday July 14

All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final Group 2

Roscommon v Tyrone, Croke Park, 5pm

Though Roscommon and Tyrone were forced off the direct route both teams still arrive in the All Ireland Quarter Final Group Phase hopeful about making an impact.

Last weekend's wins over Armagh and Cork in O'Moore Park offered an injection of hope to Kevin McStay and Mickey Harte's teams.

Roscommon were splendid in a thrilling game against Armagh delivering some delightful scores and showing true character when required.

Tyrone didn't encounter any problems when ruthlessly defeating Cork, who failed to land any sort of a punch in a surprisingly one sided affair.

Harte has steered Tyrone through some epic adventures previously and the coming weeks will be worth monitoring because the Red Hands will treat the Roscommon challenge with the utmost care and respect.

In 2011, 2012, and 2013 Tyrone overcame Roscommon in qualifiers, but in the intervening years the Connacht outfit have improved considerably.

The Murtagh brothers, Diarmuid and Ciarain, have scored heavily this summer, while the return of Cathal Cregg to the inter-county fray has bolstered their attacking options further.

Tyrone's counter-attacking style means runners pop up in good attacking positions so Harte will trust that Niall Sludden, Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly, and the effective Frank Burns can continue to demonstrate their ability.

ROSCOMMON: Colm Lavin; David Murray, John McManus, Niall McInerney; Niall Daly, Fintan Cregg, Conor Devaney; Tadhg O'Rourke, Enda Smith; Ciarain Murtagh, Niall Kilroy, Cathal Cregg; Diarmuid Murtagh, Cathal Compton, Donie Smith.

TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Michael McKernan, Ronan McNamee, Cathal McCarron; Tiarnan McCann, Frank Burns, Peter Harte; Colm Cavanagh, Padraig Hampsey; Mattie Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Conor Meyler; Cathal McShane, Richard Donnelly, Connor McAliskey.

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