Tyrone footballer, Cathal McShane.
Tyrone footballer, Cathal McShane. 

Tyrone ponder twin towers approach to Ulster Final


By John Harrington

Tyrone may field what would be a formidable twin towers attack against Monaghan in Saturday’s Ulster SFC Final.

In Conor McKenna and Cathal McShane they have two of the most physically powerful footballers in the country but, until now, injuries have prevented both of them from starting a championship match together.

They both impressed as substitutes in the Ulster semi-final win over Donegal, and Tyrone joint-manager, Brian Dooher, says they’re both very much in this thoughts for selection against Monaghan on Saturday.

“They are both exceptional talents,” said Dooher.

“At the same time they have had injuries, Cathal maybe a more longer-term injury issue, while Conor had a bit of a niggle too there so they are working well.

“They are training every week and they are getting better and they will definitely be in the shake-up this weekend. Have we roles for them? I would like to think we have.

“A player like Conor McKenna, I think you could put him anywhere and I would say he could do a job for you.

“It is a case of horses for courses, where is the best place to put him against the team we are playing and giving him a job of work to do.

“We will see how it goes over the next couple of nights in training and see where we are. We are happy with the way both of them are coming, they are working hard, they are getting there and they are getting a wee bit of match fitness with every training session. They are on track to get there."

Dooher is also hopeful that Darragh Canavan may be fit enough to play some part in Saturday’s Ulster Final.

The prodigiously talented Errigal Ciaran clubman hasn’t been seen since suffering a nasty ankle injury against Kerry in the League, but is training fully again now.

“He had a very bad injury and he is only back training again so we will see how he goes,” said Dooher.

“It is a big ask for him to step back up again to that sort of level again but he is getting there.

“We are glad to see him coming back to training this week and to see him out there along with us. He is like everyone else, there is another 37 boys competing for places.

“We should have everybody back, most of the boys are there or thereabouts.”