With the Kerry result safely in the bank, it’s time to start thinking about this coming weekend’s match, the first home competitive outing (the FBD doesn’t count) for Pat and Noel. Tyrone provide the opposition at MacHale Park on Sunday afternoon (throw-in 2pm) and after their opening round loss at home to Monaghan Mickey Harte’s charges will be keen to get back on track.
The Red Hand will have no fears taking us on in our place either, as they’ve a good record against us at MacHale Park. Two years ago, after we’d beaten Kerry in the opening round (holding them scoreless in the second half in the process), they got the better of us in controversial circumstances via a last-gasp penalty in a match we never deserved to win but should still have closed out efficiently. The most recent time prior to this that they played us in Castlebar was in the final round back in 2009, when both of us needed a draw to stay up and a draw was what we got.
They beat us by two goals up in Omagh on the same weekend last year and while we, of course, did for them in the All-Ireland semi-final in 2013 and recorded League wins against them in Omagh in 2010 (on a day when Mark Ronaldson starred for us), 2007 (the day Mort scored three goals for us) and 2005, you have to go as far back as 1992 for our last League win over them on home soil.
No more than the last day down in Killarney, then, this is an itch that’s well due scratching at this stage. For what it’s worth, the bookies reckon we’ll do it – Paddy Power have us quoted at 1/2 to win on Sunday.
There’s no word, of course, at this stage about what kind of side we’ll be putting out on Sunday and I guess it’s likely to be Thursday night before we get to see the teamsheet. The only tangible bit of news – already mentioned in the comments – is that Eddie Kinsella, who reffed last year’s All-Ireland final, is the man in charge of proceedings on Sunday. He’s an okay ref and we last had him for the Connacht semi-final against Roscommon last June.
Right, I feel a poll coming on – how do you think we’ll do against the Red Hand on Sunday?
How will we do against Tyrone?
- Win (86%, 282 Votes)
- Lose (7%, 24 Votes)
- Draw (6%, 21 Votes)
Total Voters: 327