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All eyes on Croker as Tyrone prepare to avenge 'sickening' defeat to Armagh

 

By John Campbell

A championship season that to date has provided a rich diet of fare involving Ulster teams is now poised to serve a fascinating haute cuisine quarter-final ­offering at Croke Park on Saturday.

It hardly gets any better than Tyrone v Armagh and Dublin v Monaghan, does it?

It's certain that Headquarters will be bursting at the seams for a double-bill laden with intrigue, pairings indeed that hold the prospect of swashbuckling fare destined to hold onlookers enthralled.

On Sunday, three Connacht sides had front-stage roles at the Jones's Road venue but it will be Ulster's turn to mount a takeover of the most famous plot of territory in the GAA property portfolio.

Tyrone will go in against Armagh with the hurt from their defeat against the Orchard County in the qualifiers three years ago (0-13 to 0-10) still not wholly erased.

Red Hands skipper Sean Cavanagh has referenced that defeat his side suffered as "one of the most sickening" of his career.

Kerry served due notice that they are holding something in reserve when they saw off Galway in the first of the quarter-finals. Ahead by 1-10 to 0-8 at half-time with their goal coming from Ciaran Donaghy, Kerry did little more than go through the motions in the second-half to cruise home on a 1-18 to 0-13 score line.

Sunday's other quarter-final tie between Mayo and Roscommon ended all-square.

Mayo landed 1-12 while Roscommon scored 2-9 in an absorbing contest which will now go to a replay.

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