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Kerry Renew Rivalry with Tyrone 2017-03-30 08:47:00

Kerry Renew Rivalry with Tyrone

Kerry renew rivalry with old adversaries Tyrone when the sides clash in the final round of the Allianz League in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next, a game that has a 2pm throw-in time. As we all know by now Kerry’s chances of a place in the final have evaporated over the last two weekends with successive draws against Dublin and Cavan but despite losing out by a single point to Mayo last weekend, Tyrone (on 7 points) have a right good chance of getting a final place should they manage to defeat the Kingdom and should Donegal and Monaghan (both on 8 points) come a cropper against Mayo and Dublin respectively.

With the exception of their last meeting in Fitzgerald Stadium three years ago, when Kerry had fifteen points to spare over their northern opponents, games between these sides have been tight affairs with a point or two being the usual difference between them at the final whistle. I expect Sunday’s game to be no different when two sides, widely tipped to make it to the last four of the championship come August time, go head to head.

Despite not qualifying for a final place, Kerry have plenty to play for on Sunday not least the fact that they are playing before their own supporters, and secondly, with a possible renewal of hostilities between the sides later in the year, Kerry boss Eamon Fitzmaurice will not want to concede an inch to his managerial opponent Mickey Harte. Kerry are going through a rough patch injury-wise at this present time but on the other hand, the younger players are getting valuable experience in their efforts to stake a claim to a place in the coveted championship panel. It promises to be a game well worth seeing and there is bound to be plenty to talk about when the dust settles – there usually is when these sides meet.