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Rebel backlash can sink volatile Tyrone


(Páirc Uí Rinn, Tomorrow 2.0, live TG4)

THIS table-topping encounter is live on the box, so presumably Jim Gavin will have his gimlet eye on proceedings tomorrow afternoon, spying on Dublin's next opponents the following Sunday.

Question is, though, which Tyrone will show up on Leeside? The motley crew that collapsed like a stack of cards in the second half against Kerry – or the resurgent Red Hand who belatedly walloped Westmeath?

Between those two polar opposites, you will find a veritable chasm. Tyrone lost to Kerry by 15 points having been level at the break; a week later against Westmeath, the 15-point margin was on the other boot, even though Tyrone only led by a solitary point at the interval.


Tyrone still lie third in the table, only trailing Derry on scoring difference, and reaching the Division One semi-finals is firmly within their own grasp.

Now for the hard part; a testing trip to the pacesetters from Cork, followed by a last-day showdown with the All-Ireland champions. Lose them both and, chances are, seven points won't be enough.

Tomorrow's clash looks the slightly harder ask, even if Cork had their early-season bubble burst by Mayo two weeks ago.

You could argue that everything here depends on Tyrone's volatile mood, but we're banking on a Rebel backlash.

ODDS: Cork 8/15, Draw 8/1, Tyrone 2/1