"A display like that can get them back on track"

March 06, 2023

Tyrone's Conn Kilpatrick, Cormac Quinn, Michael McKernan and Cormac Meyler clash with Séan O'Shea of Kerry ©INPHO/James Crombie

Colm Cooper thinks Tyrone's win over Kerry could be a turning point for them.

The Red Hands have been off-colour since winning the All-Ireland in 2021, but they showed a welcome return to form against the current Sam Maguire holders at Healy Park yesterday.

"I think maybe the sight of the Kerry jersey coming to Omagh inspired them a little bit," the Kerry great said on RTÉ's Allianz League Sunday.

"It was a good, very strong performance. I think they were stung by the criticism, particularly over the last week. They were called into question, in terms of the hunger and the desire and whether it was still there.

"They didn't become a bad team overnight. But we were just waiting for a reaction and today we saw a much more committed and spirited effort.

"It was something that was missing for the last while. I'm sure Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher were scratching their heads, saying 'what has gone wrong.' But a performance like that can get them back on track. Something like that can ignite their season."

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