Red Hands seeking hat-trick victory over The Lilywhites

Allianz Football League Division 1 Semi-Final, Croke Park 14/4/2013'Tyrone vs Kildare'Tyrone's Mark Donnelly score's his side's second goal'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Donall Farmer
Allianz Football League Division 1 Semi-Final, Croke Park 14/4/2013'Tyrone vs Kildare'Tyrone's Mark Donnelly score's his side's second goal'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Donall Farmer
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Mickey Harte is expected to name his team to face Kildare in the third round of the All Ireland Qualifiers tonight (Thursday) after training in Garvaghey.

Tyrone make the trip to Newbridge to face the Leinster side following Monday’s draw again handed them a difficult away task following trips to Tullamore and to Roscommon.

The winners of Saturday evening’s encounter will face beaten Leinster finalists, Meath in Croke Park on Saturday 27th July.

While Tyrone’s form of late has been inconsistent, defeat away to Donegal before victories over Roscommon and Offaly, they will need to find a marked improvement on their performance against Roscommon if they are to triumph in St Conleth’s Park.

Kildare, for their part have struggled this season, suffering a heavy defeat to Dublin before pulling away from Louth in the closing stages on Saturday evening.

Manager Kieran McGeeney and his players will know an improved performance is required if they are to challenge against Tyrone but it is something they have shown themselves more than capable of in the past.

Kildare will prove familiar challengers to the Red Hands with both sides finding each other regular opponents over the last five years.

The sides clashed in the 2009 championship with Tyrone emerging narrow victors in Croke Park. The counties have become familiar foes since then clashing four times over the last two seasons in the National League.

The O’Neill County have recorded two victories over the Lilywhites this year, the most recent meeting the 2-15 to 2-11 National League semi final win capped by two wonderful Stephen O’Neill strikes.