Tyrone’s Justin McMahon tussles with Kieran Donaghy. Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s dedcision to introduce Paul Geaney for Donaghy at half-time had the desired effect for Kerry.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tyrone players will be thinking about Sunday’s semi-final a lot in the months to come. They did so much right in Croke Park on Sunday and had a rea(...)

Kieran Donaghy of Kerry gets surrounded Tyrone players during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

The ballad of the unsung hero. How would that sound, exactly? Would it have to be accompanied by air guitar? The lyrics communicated by sign language?(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue jumps with joy following at the final whistle at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Well, Joe Brolly, what do you think of that? Last year’s booming riposte by Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy might well have served for all of Tyrone in the flo(...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and trainer Cian O’Neill celebrate after their side beat Tyrone in the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-final at Croke Par. Photo: Andrew Patton/INPHO

When Kieran Donaghy at last got a bit of joy out of the Tyrone defence, rising to claim a decently floated ball from the sky and creating enough space(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is up against the fourth All-Ireland-winning Kerry manager of his long management career. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This eagerly awaited encounter is dominated by the presence of Mickey Harte. The Tyrone manager is three from four in championship matches against (...)

James O’Donoghue has been named in Kerry’s full forward line for the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice is in a position to roll out all of his big guns for Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi-final against Tyrone at Croke(...)

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien in action against Cork in the Munster SFC Final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There is still no room for Colm “Gooch” Cooper in the Kerry football team. Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has made one change from the team which beat Cor(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Mark Collins of Cork reacts as referee Pádraig Hughes awards a penalty against him during the Munster SFC Final at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 Call them charmed or call them haunted. Or call it the poise of All-Ireland champions. The sun still shone over Fitzgerald Stadiu(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy rises for the catch ahead of Tyrone’s Justin McMahon during the Alianz Footbal League Diviison One match at Healy park in Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Tyrone 0-17 Kerry 1-14 And on the third day, it rose again. Hold the death notice, cancel the flowers, call off the undertakers. The game of football (...)