Kerry vs. Tyrone: All Ireland quarter-final clash
In what promises to be an exhilarating encounter, Kerry and Tyrone will face off in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland.
This match marks their ninth league meeting, their first meeting dating back to the 1986 All-Ireland Final. extra time before finally securing the All-Ireland title.
Road to the quarter-finals
• Kerry triumphed over Tipperary with a resounding 0-25, 0-5 quarter-final victory over Munster.
• They continued their impressive form, dominating Clare 5-14, 0-15 in the Munster final.
• In the All-Ireland Group 1 stage, Kerry faced Mayo and suffered a narrow 0-17 to 1-19 defeat.
• They managed to bounce back in their next Group 1 encounter against Cork, prevailing with a narrow 1-14 to 0-15 victory.
• Showing their prowess, Kerry delivered an impressive performance against Louth, winning a convincing 5-24 to 0-11 victory.
Top scorers for Kerry:
1. David Clifford: 5-25 (0-10 free, 2-0 penalties, 0-1 score)
2. Sean O’Shea: 1-25 (0-10 free, 0-3’45s’, 0-1 score)
3. Tony Brosnan: 1-9 (0-1)
4. Paulie Clifford: 2-5
5. Dara Moynihan: 1-5
6. Tom O’Sullivan: 0-8
• In the quarter-finals of Ulster, Tyrone faced Monaghan and had a close battle, eventually failing 2-17 to 1-18.
• They made it to the All-Ireland Group 2 stage, where they faced Galway and emerged victorious 0-16 to 0-13.
• In their next Group 2 encounter against Armagh, Tyrone secured a hard-fought 0-13 to 0-11 victory.
• They then faced Westmeath and finished tied at 0-18 apiece.
• In the preliminary quarter-final, Tyrone faced Donegal, emerging triumphant with a 1-18 to 0-13 win.
Top scorers for Tyrone:
• Darragh Canavan: 1-25 (0-12 free)
• Darren McCurry: 0-23 (0-13 free)
• Mattie Donnelly: 0-8
• Ruairi Canavan: 1-4
Recent league fixtures
The last five league meetings between Kerry and Tyrone include:
• 2021: Tyrone 3-14 Kerry 0-22 (All-Ireland semi-final)
• 2019: Kerry 1-18 Tyrone 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
• 2015: Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
• 2012: Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 1-6 (all-Ireland qualification)
• 2008: Tyrone 1-15 Kerry 0-14 (All Ireland final)
Throughout these encounters, both teams had their share of wins, with the overall record being four wins each.
Team performance and stats
Kerry has won four of his five league games this year, showing his consistent form. They secured a place in the quarter-finals for the 21st time, having never missed out since the qualification system was introduced in 2001 (apart from 2020 and 2021 when there was no quarter-final) . Notably, Kerry’s only quarter-final defeats came in 2010 to Down and 2012 to Donegal. They have the distinction of being the only county to have qualified for every quarter-final.
On the other hand, Tyrone enters the quarter-finals for the 16th time, having won two, drawn one and lost two of their five league games so far. Their recent win over Kerry in the Allianz League by a three-point margin will no doubt boost their confidence.
Kerry’s attacking prowess was evident as they scored five goals against Clare and Louth in this year’s Championship. However, they only managed to find the back of the net once in their meetings with Tipperary, Cork and Mayo. Tyrone, meanwhile, has scored a total of two goals in his five games, indicating a focus on scoring skill.
While the stage is set for this highly anticipated clash, Kerry manager Jack O’Connor, who has led the team to the previous eight quarter-finals, boasts an impressive record with six wins and two losses. The defeats came against Down in 2010 and Donegal in 2012, underlining the need for Kerry to bring his A-game against Tyrone.
We will have starting teams Thursday evening or at the latest Friday afternoon.
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