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Last Updated: Friday, 23 March 2007, 14:35 GMT
Tyrone win Dr McKenna Cup appeal
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Mickey Harte criticised the Ulster Council's decision
Tyrone will get to hold on to the Dr McKenna Cup after all, following a successful appeal to Croke Park.

The county took their case to Dublin after the Ulster Council decided to strip them of their title over the unauthorised use of university players.

Tyrone beat Donegal in the final last month, but the council ruled that a proper teamsheet was not submitted.

It's understood the Ulster Council may pursue the issue further over matters of technical interpretation.

Tyrone had previously been docked points from their win over Derry in the competition for fielding four college players, on whom the respective universities had first call, but still managed to top their group and qualify for the decider.

Students Cathal McCarron and Damien McCaul were in the starting line-up for the Healy Park final, despite not being named on the teamsheet.

Tyrone eased to a 2-9 to 0-5 victory over Donegal on 17 February.

Red Hands boss MIckey Harte defended his decision to play McCarron and McCaul in the game.

"I've no regrets - the players wanted to try out for Tyrone and I think it is good for their careers at their colleges and with the county," he said.

"I think it's every player's right to give their best for his county when the opportunity presents itself."

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