SUNDAY 11 AUGUST

All-Ireland SFC semi-final
Kerry v Tyrone, Croke Park, 3.30pm

ONLINE
Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 3pm.

RADIO
Sunday Sport, RTÉ Radio 1 will have live commentary from Pauric Lodge and Oisin McConville and analysis from Tomás Ó Sé and Ryan McMenamin. Semi-final also live on Spórt an Lae, Raidió na Gaeltachta.

TV
Ger Canning and Dessie Dolan will be in the commentary box on The Sunday Game Live, RTÉ 2 from 2.35pm. Analysis comes from Kevin McStay, Pat Spillane and Stephen Rochford. Game also live on Sky Sports Arena from 2.30pm and on GAAGO.ie

Highlights of all the weekend's action on The Sunday Game, RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 9.30pm, with analysis from Ciarán Whelan, Seán Cavanagh and Malachy O'Rourke. 

WEATHER
A much fresher and cooler day. Overnight showery rain could be slow to clear the eastern half of the country, but drier, brighter conditions with just isolated showers in the west will gradually extend eastwards as the day goes on. Feeling cooler than recent days with maximum temperatures ranging 14 to 17 degrees north to south. Winds will be light to moderate northwesterly. For more go to met.ie.

Too tight to call?

Healy Park was witness to a glorified challenge match last Sunday

In the aftermath of last Sunday's run out between Dublin and Tyrone, former Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke was tipping both counties to be back in action again, albeit with stronger sides, for the All-Ireland decider on 1 September.

"I genuinely believe these two teams will be playing in the All-Ireland final," he told RTÉ Radio's Sunday Sport.

Honing in further on the Red Hand's prospects, O'Rourke added: "It's just whether Tyrone can get that balance right going forward, but not at the expense of trying to be overly solid at the back.

"A lot of work goes into that and kick-outs are key. Putting pressure on the kick outs and then trying to get a platform where Dublin aren't as well set up at the back so that you have a chance to attack them." 

David Clifford is set to return

The bookies, however, are going with Kerry at a general 4-5, to prevail against their opposition (6-4). It's 2015 since the Munster men last reached football's biggest day - that wait is too long for the most ardent of their fans. 

Most of the confidence in the Kingdom would stem from the fact that they have the firepower up front to outscore Tyrone. The news that David Clifford is back fully fit adds to such confidence.

The worry though is their ability to keep it tight at the back. Defensively, Kerry were excellent against Mayo in a contest where they displayed ravenous intent right from the off. They did, however, leave the door open a few times against Meath last Saturday and also looked vulnerable when the Leinster side ran at them. A more clinical approach from the Royals would have left them better off on the scoreboard. 

There is still a doubt then that Peter Keane's side are ready to make that all important step and be genuine All-Ireland contenders. This semi-final will tell a lot.

Cathal McShane celebrates a score against Cork in the Super 8s

Tyrone, for their part, finished the league really well and started their Ulster campaign with comfortable wins over Derry (eventually) and Antrim. With more direct ball into the in-form Cathal McShane and Mattie Donnelly, the Red Hands were more pleasing on the eye.

Things then came unstuck against Donegal and that forced Mickey Harte to abandon that more adventurous approach. And while Tyrone subsequently put up a big score against Cavan, there was less to admire in how they went about beating Roscommon and Cork in the Super 8s. 

Tyrone arrived in Croke Park two years ago with an approach that they hoped would trouble the Dubs. It was an approach that backfired early and there was nothing in their masterplan to change the course of the game.

Harte has taken on the lessons from that calamitous August day and will probably feel he can get the better of Kerry in the physicality stakes, while also confident that his attack that can make it count on the scoreboard.

After last week's 'challenge match', he will have noted the performances of Richie Donnelly, Tiernan McCann and  Pádraig Hampsey as he looks to extract a bit more from his squad. 

Peter Keane is hoping to guide another Kerry to an All-Ireland decider. 

For Peter Keane, reaching an All-Ireland final in his first year in charge would be a huge tick in the credit box for him. They will have to bring the same bit of madness they brought to the Mayo game and the scoring prowess (1-20) that got them a draw against Donegal.   

Questions about their rearguard remains and that adds further intrigue to a game where a point or two is likely to decide the issue.  

We'll know a lot more about prodigious young talents like Tadhg Morley, Tom O'Sullivan, Adrian Spillane, Gavin White, Seán O’Shea and David Clifford come 5pm on Sunday evening.   

Did you know?

They meet for the seventh time in the championship and it's a three wins each from the previous encounters. 

Where once there was spite

Starting with the game that brought us 'puke football' in the mind of Pat Spillane to Peter Canavan's final match in 2005, and then the most unexpected of them all, Tyrone halting the Kerry three-in-a-row with a late surge in the 2008 final, the pair were once the headline act that was never dull.

Our own Conor Neville looked back at that period.

The final whistle of the 2008 final

He wrote: "Tales of epic sledging feats abounded and endless, petty 'team of the decade' debates followed. Every year that Tyrone took off, Kerry proceeded to win the All-Ireland, invariably beating Mayo or Cork in the final, usually in a one-sided game.

"Tyrone fans, and sometimes Ulster folk generally (the northerners often presented a united front when it came to dissing Kerry, regardless of their feelings on Tyrone) took great delight in dismissing these All-Ireland victories, often roping in Kerry's allegedly handy route through Munster in comparison to the bear-pit through which they had to wade.

"Ulster was the north face of the Eiger while Munster was a gentle hike up Mount Brandon.

"Kerry finally slayed the dragon in a Round 3 qualifier in July 2012 but, by then, the dragon was struggling with its breathing and about to keel over.

"The 10-point loss signalled the end of the era for that Tyrone team. It also would appear to have signalled the end of the bitterness. 

"Mickey Harte was surrounded by local autograph hunters on the pitch afterwards and he and his team were applauded as the boarded the bus for their long journey home. 

"Tyrone GAA released a statement paying tribute to Kerry for the post-match reception. 

"And that's almost it. The two teams subsequently met in the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final but it lacked the venom and anarchy of old. Kerry, then reigning All-Ireland champions, won by marginally less than was expected against a developing Tyrone team." 

Team news

Kerry: Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Tom O'Sullivan; Paul Murphy, Gavin Crowley, Shane Enright; David Moran, Adrian Spillane; Gavin White (C), Seán O'Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Killian Spillane.

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