I wrote some weeks ago that despite Kerry’s defeat in the provincials, if they got their act together nobody would want them in the qualifiers draw.
Unfortunately for Tyrone they drew the short straw and were “rewarded” with a trip to Killarney to meet a resurgent Kerry team.
This was a Kerry side Hell bent on revenge against a side which had dominated them for some time, both mentally and physically.
Roared on by a large crowd (unusually for Kerry at this stage in the All-Ireland) Kerry pulled out all the stops for a historic victory.
That win doesn’t make Kerry automatic All-Ireland contenders but the Kingdom is back in business.
Tyrone, on the other hand, are clearly in a rebuilding mode and that will take time.
Imagine Barcelona without Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Pique and one would get some idea of the calibre of players that Tyrone have lost to retirement.
Brian Dooher, Jordan McGinley and Ciaran Gourley won’t be easily replaced and there is a feeling that maybe some other players should also have retired.
We may not see a dominant Tyrone for quite some time..