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Tyrone fall to the Kingdom in final league outing

 
National League Division One 
 
Kerry 1-21 Tyrone 2-11
 
Tyrone’s slim chances of reaching the National Football League final slipped away yesterday at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, where they lost out to fierce rivals Kerry by eight points.
 
A kind combination of other results propelled the Kingdom into next weekend’s decider against holders Dublin, while the Red Hands face an eight week wait for their championship opener against Derry.
 
And they will go into the Celtic Park clash on the back of three straight defeats, but there were encouraging signs from a battling second half performance, which saw them get back among the goals.
 
Tyrone had hit the net just once in their previous six league games, but Peter Harte banged in two yesterday, one of those from a late penalty.
 
However, penetration and finishing remains a problem, with Tyrone managing just two points from play in the entire game, both of those scored late on by substitute David Mulgrew.
 
Tyrone’s stand-out moment was Peter Harte’s second half goal when he fetched and despatched a brilliant pass from Frank Burns.
 
They now face an eight week lay-off before their championship opener against Derry, and go in on the back of three straight defeats.
 
Kerry meanwhile have a league final date with the Dubs next Sunday.
 
For full report read tomorrow’s (Monday) Tyrone herald. 
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