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Tyrone and Armagh to renew famous old rivalry

Tyrone will renew their rivalry with Armagh on Saturday.

 
A FAMOUS rivalry is set for another chapter as Tyrone were drawn against Armagh in yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final draw.
 
Saturday’s qualifier results ensured that Mickey Harte’s side were always going to face Ulster opposition at Croke Park this Saturday, but it’s a date with Kieran McGeeney’s men rather than Monaghan, who must now face Dublin after their eight-point win over Down. 
 
Tyrone and Armagh’s last championship clash came back in 2014 when the Orchard county left Healy Park with a three-point win in the third round of the qualifiers.
 
Their last Croke Park clash, meanwhile, was the famous 2005 All-Ireland semi-final when the Red Hands edged through thanks to a late Peter Canavan free en-route to lifting the Sam Maguire for a second time.
 
A total of 65,858 fans were there for that match, but there is set to be a ticket scramble for this weekend with Dublin, in particular, and Monaghan set to hoover up lots of the available tickets. A sell-out looks inevitable.
 
Harte was in Dublin on Saturday night and he would have been impressed with Armagh’s performance in their surprise 1-17 to 0-17 win over Kildare.
 
McGeeney’s side hit the front through a Andrew Murnin goal and some fine shooting and disciplined defending held off the Lilywhites.
 
Jamie Clarke was the star performer for Armagh and afterwards he said the side was still on a mission to make up for their Ulster Championship quarter-final loss to Down. 
 
“Afterwards we had a look at ourselves individually as players. We asked ourselves did we put in the effort that was required? The answer was no. We made a promise that we wouldn’t let ourselves down again. It was important that we turned things around.”
 
Tyrone will be hoping to qualify for their third All-Ireland semi-final in five years having lost out to Mayo at the quarter-final stage last season.
 
The Tyrone game will throw-in at 4pm followed by Dublin v Monaghan at 6pm.
 
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