Friday 17 November 2017

Coldrick to referee Kerry v Tyrone clash

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

David Coldrick has been tasked with refereeing Saturday's plum third-round qualifier tie between Kerry and Tyrone in Killarney.

The referees appointments committee have opted for one of their top officials for the match, which gives Kerry an opportunity to break a sequence of defeats to their Ulster nemesis that has haunted them over the last decade.

Darran O'Sullivan will undergo intensive treatment this week in a bid to fast-track his recovery from a hamstring complaint.

O'Sullivan had been a doubt last week with the injury and suffered a recurrence as he cracked home the goal that effectively saved Kerry from their most embarrassing championship defeat in 20 years.

After such a poor display against Westmeath, Kerry will hope that this is the fixture that ignite their flagging championship ambitions, just as the Dublin All-Ireland quarter- final in 2009 and the Armagh quarter final in '06 ignited those campaigns sufficiently to win All-Ireland titles.

The rivalry between Tyrone and Kerry -- which surfaced in 2005 and '08 All-Ireland finals -- has dominated the last decade.

Irish Independent

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