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Tyrone Players head for USA

[ Friday, 21st July 2006 ]

A number of high profile Tyrone players have left for the USA, on the eve of the biggest weekend of the club championship so far this year. With the All-Ireland champions kicking their heels following an early elimination for the race for the Sam Maguire Cup, several star names have taken up offers to spend the summer playing gaelic football stateside. They boarded planes today (Thurs) for various American cities, notably New York, Philadephia and Boston. Among them are Sean Cavanagh and Stephen O'Neill, both of whom were scheduled to play for their clubs in the WJ Dolan Tyrone SFC this weekend. Cavanagh was due to line out for Moy against Donaghmore on Friday evening, while O'Neill is a key member of the Clan na nGael side which meets Coalisland on Saturday. Clan na nGael will now be without their two big county stars, as Brian Dooher is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. This is the first time since the year 2000 that Tyrone were knocked out of the All-Ireland series prior to the July 20 US transfer deadline. Others reported to have left for the States include Owen Mulligan, Gerard Cavlan, Martin Penrose, Eoghan Bradley and Brendan Donnelly.