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Tyrone And Armagh Renew Rivalries

Saturday 12.07.2014
Team Talk Mag
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Its one of the biggest rivalries in Ulster football and the latest instalment takes place at Healy Park on Sunday afternoon when neighbours Tyrone and Armagh go head to head in the second round of the All Ireland qualifiers.

 

Memories come flooding back of Patsy Kerlin’s first minute goal in the 1980 Ulster final although the Orchard county went on to win 4-10 to 4-7 or four years later in the Frank McGuigan final when the King hit eleven points from play with either foot as well as the fist as the Red Hands bridged an eleven year gap to lift the Anglo Celt Cup. Five years later Tyrone looked down and out at half time in the opening round in Omagh only to turn things around in dramatic style in the second half on their way to the Ulster title, that side will be honoured at half time in this year’s decider.

 

2003 of course is a year that will always be remembered by Tyrone Gaels as we finally got our hands on the Sam Maguire Cup in what was the first, and so far only, all Ulster decider. Two years later there was an epic Ulster final played at headquarters which Armagh won in controversial circumstances after a replay but of course Tyrone had the final say when Peter The Great converted that pressure late free to win the All Ireland semi-final on the way to a second success.

 

It may not be the same as it was in the last decade and a half when the two counties carved up the Ulster title between them but no doubt it will be still as intense. Both sides have seen their Ulster aspirations for 2014 ended by Monaghan and for one of them here it’s a chance to keep their season alive. Tyrone regrouped with a facile win over Louth last day out and will go in as favourites although there is no doubt that their rivals from across the Blackwater represent a much sterner test. Armagh though have the benefit of two tough games against Monaghan although it will be interesting to see can they lift themselves seven days after bowing out of Ulster. Both sides will be confident of progressing with Tyrone get the nod to progress.

 

 

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