EMERGING Tyrone talent Frank Burns has ruled out the notion that Sunday’s final National League game of the season against Kerry is any sort of ‘dead rubber’.
Both the Red Hands and the Kingdom staved off any lingering relegation concerns with victories last weekend, rendering the outcome of their Healy Park clash redundant when it comes to the eventual shake-up at the foot of the Division One table.
While Kerry dealt with Kildare in fairly routine, if unspectacular, fashion on Saturday night, Tyrone subsequently made light of an onerous looking assignment away to Mayo the following day, emerging from Castlebar with a resounding 2-14 to 0-8 triumph.
Sparkling goals in either half from Lee Brennan and Conal McCann embellished what was a highly impressive and enterprising showing
from Mickey Harte’s men, and the a dventurous sorties from deep by Frank Burns was another positive element of the afternoon for the visitors.
Tyrone have moved onto six points in the table, so securing their top flight status for next season, and leaving both Mayo and Donegal below t hem to lock horns this Sunday to see who will fall through the relegation trapdoor alongside Kildare.
Last weekend’s outcomes inevitably will take some of the edge off Kerry’s trip into Omagh but according to Burns Tyrone still won’t be wanting in terms of
motivation or desire, given the heated and intense rivalry which has sprung up between the counties over the last two decades.
He is also keen to atone for recent league reversals to Eamon Fitzmaurice’s side, and so make Healy Park a difficult venue for opponents once again.
“Any day you play Kerry, you want to go out and win, especially on our home patch. Kerry have come to Omagh in years gone by and probably thought it wasn’t a hard place to come to and win.
“So we have said to ourselves this year that we want to make Omagh a fortress, and make it that anybody that comes to our home patch are going to have to really fight for a victory. And it will be no different with Kerry.”
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