Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

If It Wasn't for Tyrone, It Could Be Six in a Row for the Kingdom; IN ASSOCIATION WITH BREAFFY HOUSE RESORT

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

If It Wasn't for Tyrone, It Could Be Six in a Row for the Kingdom; IN ASSOCIATION WITH BREAFFY HOUSE RESORT

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Byline: Peter Canavan

IT'S not that long ago Tyrone were finding it impossible to get past a Down team which failed to earn promotion from division three and Kerry were surrendering an eight point lead in the heat of a Munster final.

Now they are getting ready to play each other in an All-Ireland decider.

If the Kerry players were asked at the start of the year to select a team they wanted to defeat to claim their three-in-a-row then it would surely have been Tyrone.

This is one score they believe they have to settle.

If it weren't for Tyrone, it's quite possible they would be going for a six-in-a-row.

Needless to say they will be highly motivated coming into this final.

Mind you, Tyrone will not be tip-toeing their way into the biggest game of the year either.

Last Sunday both Kerry and Tyrone were expected to win and they duly obliged.

It's difficult to read too much into either game as both sets of players appeared to have so much time and space on the ball.

From a Tyrone perspective the last semi-final they played in '05 against Armagh, time on the ball was at a premium.

If you got away with one solo you were sure to be clattered by the time you took your next.

Both sets of players will not have this luxury in the final.

Speaking of Armagh, Tyrone obviously learned from their defeat to Wexford in the quarterfinal.

Whereas Armagh were happy to sit back and play cautiously, Tyrone decided they would push up on Wexford so that they would have no spare players in their defence.

This no-nonsense attacking approach from the start was rewarded in style.

With the sound of the half-time whistle it appeared a landslide victory was on it's way but Wexford to their credit had no intention of going down without a fight.

One had to admire their honest endeavour in the second-half when they came out all guns blazing.

After doing all the hard work to reduce Tyrone's lead, Wexford were guilty of missing a number of scoreable chances.

Tyrone on the other hand were not so wasteful and when they attacked showed great patience to make sure that shots were taken from very scoreable positions. …

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