The draw for the Ulster championship was made this evening, and Tyrone’s clash against Mickey Graham’s Cavan is the tie of the round.
The Breffni County defied the odds to win last year’s Ulster Championship for the first time since 1997, while Tyrone are always strongly fancied to do well, so it has the makings of a fantastic contest.
The teams last met in the championship was in 2019, when Tyrone eased to a 1-20 to 0-7 victory at Clones in a Round Four qualifer. Much has changed since then, however, including the departure of Mickey Harte as manager.
It will also be the first time these two teams have met in the first-round since 1983.
Elsewhere, Donegal will take on Down in the preliminary round as they set about making up for the disappointment of last year’s final defeat to Cavan. Derry will play the winners of that contest, while Armagh will play Antrim. Finally, Monaghan will take on Fermanagh.
The full draw is as follows:
Down v Donegal (Preliminary Round)
Derry v Down/Donegal
Armagh v Antrim
Monaghan v Fermanagh
Tyrone v Cavan