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Monday 19 February 2018

Spillane: Kingdom walking tightrope in titanic Tyrone tussle

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

IT IS being billed as the Clash of the Titans but one record -- as well as thousands of hearts -- will be broken today in the senior football championship qualifiers.

GAA pundit Pat Spillane said the outcome of the Kerry versus Tyrone game would be a "toss-up" but defeat for Kerry would mean the end for the present team.

Mickey Harte's Tyrone team has never been beaten by Kerry in the championship but Kerry has never lost a match in the qualifiers.

"Some record is going to go anyway," Spillane told the Irish Independent. "There's (maybe) one big match left in the Kerry team and if it's not this one, it will not happen."

The outspoken TV pundit was speaking ahead of the game as he led 100 walkers on a three-day charity walk for cancer research close to his home in Kenmare.

The annual Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk is a 70km trek that has raised more than €500,000 to date for the Cork Cancer Research Centre and its groundbreaking work in finding new treatments for cancers that don't respond well to conventional therapies such as chemotherapy.

Today the walkers will be joined by adventurer Pat Falvey and another 140 people who will take on the challenge over the weekend.

And although the walkers will miss the action at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, they'll just have to catch up on the highlights of what promises to be an exciting clash between the Ulster men and the Kingdom.

Irish Independent

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