McCrory: We'd love to put Kerry down

Tyrone defender Aidan McCrory has ramped up the rivalry between the Red Hands and Kerry ahead of the counties' Allianz Football League clash in Omagh on Sunday.

McCrory: We'd love to put Kerry down

Tyrone defender Aidan McCrory has ramped up the rivalry between the Red Hands and Kerry ahead of the counties' Allianz Football League clash in Omagh on Sunday.

Any Tyrone v Kerry tussle has been intense in recent years and given the high stakes for the relegation-threatened Kingdom this weekend, the much-anticipated Division 1 game promises to be keenly contested.

Relations between the counties took a further souring recently when Paul Galvin alleged that he had been spat at during February's All-Ireland IFC final between Finuge and Cookstown Fr. Rocks at Croke Park.

Galvin and Cookstown and Tyrone ace Owen Mulligan, who captained Fr Rocks to victory, both released statements on the incident, with the latter also claiming that the Cookstown players had to endure 'sick and vile sectarian abuse comments' on the pitch.

In Galvin's statement, the Kerry forward noted: "The path that the Kerry/Tyrone rivalry has taken of late disappoints me. Both counties are better than the bitterness and rancour that currently exists."

Tensions are sure to be high when the counties meet at Healy Park on Sunday afternoon. Despite already booking their place in the league semi-finals, Mickey Harte's men want to put one over on Kerry according to corner back McCrory.

Kerry, meanwhile, have steadied the ship with back-to-back wins over Down and Cork but they remain second-from-bottom in the table and in danger of dropping down a division.

Ahead of the final round tie, Tyrone's McCrory told Gaelic Life: "Obviously Kerry will be looking for the points which could save them. But it's always going to be a big game playing them, no matter what is at stake.

"Last year they gave us a good reception in the qualifiers in Killarney. So we'll just have to try and give them the same up in Omagh."

Kerry ran out comprehensive 1-16 to 1-6 winners over Tyrone in that All-Ireland third round qualifier last July, and Harte's charges, who sit top of Division 1 at present, are evidently hungry for revenge.

"There's definitely going to be a lot of buzz about the last league game and it's good because Division 1 has been very competitive so far," added McCrory.

"Nobody has been able to go out saying that we should win a match since everything has been hard fought for.

"We're never going to be complacent about Kerry in any case. They'd love to beat us to stay up and we'd love to win and put them down.

"Both teams are going to be really up for the match which should only add to the excitement for the players and supporters."

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