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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 February 2007, 13:46 GMT
Tyrone set for Council showdown
Cathal McCarron played in the Gaelic Life McKenna Cup final
Cathal McCarron played in Tyrone's cup final victory
Tyrone are set for another disciplinary showdown with the Ulster Council over their decision to play two students in Saturday's McKenna Cup final.

It comes just three weeks after Tyrone had points deducted for fielding four university players against Derry in the group stage of the competition.

The Red Hands made late changes to their announced line-up to include Cathal McCarron and Damien McCaul.

They beat Donegal 2-9 to 0-5 in the final at Healy Park.

Ulster Council spokesman Martin McAvinney said they would be examining the referee's report before deciding what action to take.

"The report is the key. We will look at what is in it in relation to the regulations which we put in place for the Dr McKenna," he said.

"Everybody signed up to those regulations as such, although we are aware that there were problems with our regulations or things that needed to be changed in them."

McCaul and McCarron were not included in the team announced by Tyrone on Friday.

But they both started as Mickey Harte's men went on to win the cup for a fourth successive year.

Tyrone boss Harte defended the inclusion of the two students.

"I always believed it was totally legitimate for these players to play for us," said the Red Hands manager.

"It is even more so because their colleges are out of the competition and they did not play for their colleges.

"It seems an awful crime to me that people who are eligible to play for Tyrone cannot do so because of some regulation which I believe is not fair."

Tyrone 2-9 0-5 Donegal
17 Feb 07 |  Gaelic Games
Red Hands lose McKenna Cup points
24 Jan 07 |  Gaelic Games

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