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Sean Cavanagh Rubbishes Eamon Fitzmaurice's Claims About Tyrone's League Loss To Kerry

Sean Cavanagh Rubbishes Eamon Fitzmaurice's Claims About Tyrone's League Loss To Kerry
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Tyrone have been crowned Ulster champions after a thrilling victory over Monaghan, but they won't be allowed to dwell on the result for too long.

Their attentions will already be turning to two weeks time, with an All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry on the horizon.

It should be a fantastic game, although some believe the Munster champions will have too much for their Ulster counterparts. The league meeting between the sides earlier this year has been given as proof for that, with Kerry running out as 16-point winners on that occasion.

However, they may not have been facing a side in peak physical condition.

Speaking on the Irish Examiner's GAA podcast earlier this week, Eamon Fitzmaurice said he had heard rumours that Tyrone had actually done two training sessions on the morning of that fixture, something that could explain their lacklustre performance.

I'm about 90 per cent sure that this is accurate, and it might explain something and put both teams in a different place when we look at them.

The morning of the Kerry league game in Killarney, Tyrone did a gym session. Not only that, after their gym session they went on a bit of a gallop through the national park.

If it's true, and I'm pretty sure it is, that might explain what happened later on.

However, not everyone is buying this.

Fitzmaurice's comments were put to Sean Cavanagh on RTÉ after the Ulster final, with the former Tyrone star believing there was no chance that his county would do such a session on the day of a game. In fact, he believes it was a typical Kerry remark to take the pressure off the side.

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I think that's a Kerryism, is that a thing?

There is no way in a million years that you would do that on the morning of a National League semi-final.

That's Kerry people for you.

Of course, these were all tongue-in-cheek comments from Cavanagh.

It sounds a bit mad, but there was little incentive for Tyrone to win that league fixture.

We imagine that the gap between the sides will be much smaller in the All-Ireland semi-final.

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