Tyrone v Cork, Saturday, 5 pm, Croke Park
A win here for Tyrone will guarantee them a place in the All-Ireland if Dublin beat Roscommon. It is a big game for both sides and it forms part of a double at GAA Headquarters. The game begins at 5 pm and is live on Sky Sports. If you can’t make the game we will have live score updates.
Tyrone come into the game on the back of a win over Roscommon last weekend. Since losing to Donegal in the Ulster semi-final they have been hitting form. They have won the last four games beating Longford, Kildare, Cavan, and Roscommon. Mickey Harte will know a win here and they will be looking at a semi-final no matter what happens in their final game against the Dubs in Omagh. The Tyrone attack impressed me against Roscommon especially Cathal McShane, in the current form he is a shoo-in for an all-star award. In defence, Ronan McNamee did a superb job marking Conor Cox, while Frank Burns also played. Colm Cavanagh will be key once again in the sweeper role he plays, while in attack Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly and in the form McShane will all look to put in good performances.
Cork come into the game on the back of a good performance against Dublin albeit they lost by 13 points. Ronan McCarthy side didn’t deserve a 13 point loss but Dublin just upped the gears in the final 20 minutes or so to pull away easily enough. Cork have come on since the narrow loss to Kerry in the Munster Final. The way they play is far expansive. In defence James Loughrey, Kevin Flahive and Liam O’Donovan will all need to have big games, while Ian Maguire and Killian O’Hanlon will need big performances in midfield. Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane, and Brian Hurley will likely be the main men in attack once again.
Previous Championship Meetings
2018 Tyrone 3-20 Cork 0-13 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2009 Cork 1-13 Tyrone 0-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1973 Cork 5-10 Tyrone 2-04 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Mickey Harte Speaking to the Irish News about the game he said “Cork are very good footballers, their league position is no reflection of the quality of players that they possess. “So yes, this is their shot at redemption, if you like. They’re in the last eight, and they’ll want to do very well in it.”
Ronan McCarthy speaking after the loss to Dublin said “Your best chance of winning a game is in your next game and this was our next game. we came up here to win and Dublin were deserving winners. You can lose it emphatically, or you can lose it going against a great team.”
Cork (Super 8s v Tyrone): Mark White; James Loughrey, Thomas Clancy, Kevin Flahive; Liam O’Donovan, Tomas Clancy, Mattie Taylor; Ian Maguire, Killian O’Hanlon; Kevin O’Driscoll, Sean White, Ruairi Deane; Mark Collins, Brian Hurley, Luke Connolly
Tyrone are favourites at 3/10, while Cork looks a good price at 7/2. The draw is 9/1. I do fancy Tyrone to win and beat the handicap of -4 at 10/11. Peter Harte also looks a good bet at odds of 6/1 to win Sky Man of the Match.