GAA: Tyrone to retain the McKenna Cup?

�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 11th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com 'Cadbury GAA Ulster Under 21 Football Championship Final. Cavan v Tyrone at Brewster Park.  Conor Clarke of Tyrone and Joe Dillon of Cavan
�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 11th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com 'Cadbury GAA Ulster Under 21 Football Championship Final. Cavan v Tyrone at Brewster Park. Conor Clarke of Tyrone and Joe Dillon of Cavan

The rain-delayed final of the Dr McKenna Cup between Tyrone and Cavan is down for decision this Wednesday night at 8pm in Enniskillen, writes Seamus Donnelly.

Both sides have enjoyed a good season to date, both unbeaten in the McKenna Cup and the National League.

Tyrone began their season with a morale-boosting win over Donegal in Letterkenny and continued in a similar vein when holding off a brave Queen’s Universoty challenge in Healy Park.

Mickey Harte’s charges then fairly cut loose against Armagh, absolutely trouncing the hapless Orchard County men in Omagh to qualify for the semi finals of the event which has become the traditional early season appetiser for Ulster supporters ahead of the league competition.

The impressive new-look Red Hands then enjoyed another victory over derby rivals Derry, again at home in Omagh, thanks to an early goal from Niall McKenna.

Cavan, meanwhile, have been in great form this season. They had convincing wins, firstly over Antrim and then Down to qualify for the semi-finals, their final group game with UUJ a walk over for the Breffni men.

They then somewhat ruthlessly disposed of a fancied Monaghan outfit in Enniskillen in the semi-final to set up a meeting with Tyrone.

The Breffnoi Blues, backboned by players who have gained lots of experience and cohesuion peforming together in winning three consecutive Ulster U21 crowns and they will have no fear of Tyrone, having got the better of the O’Neill county on more than one occasion at the Fermanagh venue.

Another interesting aspect for Red Hands fans will be seeing whether Tyrone’s University of Ulster contingent - Mattie Donnelly, Ronan O’Neill, Barry Tierney, Conan Grugan and Connor McAliskey - will be available for, or perhaps that should be utilised by, the Red Hands with the Sigerson Cup semi-finals set for Belfast on Friday.