Ulster SFC: Three Derry debutants to face Tyrone in derby clash

Niall Keenan won an Ulster minor football championship title with Derry in 2015
Niall Keenan won an Ulster minor football championship title with Derry in 2015
Ulster SFC quarter-final: Derry v Tyrone
Date: Sunday, 28 May Venue: Celtic Park Throw-in: 14:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Two NI, Radio Ulster medium wave and the BBC Sport website; Available to watch again on BBCiPlayer from Tuesday

Three Derry players will make their championship debuts in Sunday's Ulster SFC game against Tyrone at Celtic Park.

Goalkeeper Ben McKinless, defender Niall Keenan and forward Danny Tallon are first-time starters.

Conall McCann, who saw little game time in the league, is the surprise choice to start for Tyrone in midfield in one of three new faces for the Red Hands.

Defender Padraig Hampsey and half-forward Kieran McGeary also make their first championship starts for Tyrone.

Experienced defenders Cathal McCarron (hamstring) and Justin McMahon (quad) are ruled out through injury while Rory Brennan comes in at centre back.

Tiernan McCann (left) and younger brother Conall won the Tyrone SFC with their club Killyclogher in 2016
Tiernan McCann (left) and younger brother Conall won the Tyrone SFC with their club Killyclogher in 2016

Peter Harte drops back to the half back line for the first round tie, possibly to offset the absence of McCarron and McMahon.

All-Star midfielder Mattie Donnelly is named at corner forward, with skipper Sean Cavanagh at full forward.

Eight of those who will line out for Tyrone started last year's 11-point win over the Oak Leafers at the same venue.

Derry have up to a dozen players who have either made themselves unavailable or are injured.

Oak Leaf manager Damian Barton has been hit by a number of withdrawals this year with goalkeeper Thomas Mallon and Slaughtneil midfielder Padraig Cassidy the latest to leave the panel in recent weeks.

Only six of the team who started last year's 3-14 to 0-12 first round defeat by Tyrone are included in the starting fifteen.

Charlie Kielt is a surprise inclusion on the bench having not been part of the panel until several weeks ago.

Influential attacker Mark Lynch is also on the bench having struggled with injuries in the spring.

Derry: B McKinless; N Keenan, B Rogers, K McKaigue; C McFaul, C McKaigue, C McWilliams; C McAtamney, D Heavron; R Bell, N Loughlin, E Lynn; D Tallon, E McGuckin, B Heron.

Subs: C McLarnon, M McEvoy, S McGuigan, C Nevin, M Lynch, C Kielt, P Hagan, O Duffin, C McGrogan, G O'Neill, C Doherty.

Tyrone: N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, P Hampsey; T McCann, R Brennan, P Harte; C Cavanagh, C McCann; K McGeary, N Sludden, C Meyler; M Bradley, S Cavanagh, M Donnelly.

Subs: M O'Neill, L Brennan, F Burns, D McClure, D McCurry, HP McGeary, R McNabb, P McNulty, C McShane, D Mulgrew, R O'Neill.

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