The presumed absence of Conor McManus (above) has a part to play, obviously. Though he looks certain to appear at some stage, Monaghan are plainly a reduced force without him.  Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

There is a definite sense of now or never for Monaghan here. The mental block certain counties have when it comes to certain other counties is irratio(...)

Tyrone’s Peter Harte and Conor Maginn of Down battle for possession during the Ulster SFC preliminary round replay at Páirc Esler in Newry. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tyrone 3-11 Down 0-12: Second chances are meant to be grabbed with both hands and Tyrone certainly made sure of that in Newry on Saturday night as the(...)

Tyrone’s Peter Harte closes on the ball in Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division One game while Dublin’s Kevin McManamon pays close attention. Photograph: Presseye/Russell Pritchard.

Not content with the difficulty of simply hosting the All-Ireland champions in a match they needed to at least draw, Tyrone gifted Dublin two goals(...)

Dublin’s Diarmund Connolly celebrates at the final whistle of his side’s victory over Tyrone.  Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

The All-Ireland champions are becoming dangerously expert at consigning teams to Heartbreak Hill. Ask Tyrone. A year ago, Dublin edged t(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea react after a foul by Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

James Horan would have found out more about his team during yesterday’s 70 minutes than all their other matches this year. They were tested, they stru(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea tackles Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone during the All-Ireland football semi-final, a foul which resulted in a yellow card. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When defending the tactics of his Tyrone players, specifically Seán Cavanagh, after the Monaghan game Mickey Harte called for a forensic examination o(...)

Mayo’s Alan Freeman celebrates scoring their  goal from a penalty in the All-Ireland Senior Fotball Championship semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 1-16 Tyrone 0-13: It took them a while to get motoring and then it was all one-way traffic, Mayo eventually easing their way back into a successi(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates scoring his second goal against Donegal. He has developed into one of the best finishers in the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mayo come into this match with one of the strongest motivations, having lost last year’s All-Ireland final. It’s a powerful focus for mature minds and(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and Stephen O’Neill celebrate after their quarter-final win over Monaghan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mickey Harte was livid after today’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat of Monaghan, the Tyrone manager rounding on RTÉ pundit Joe Brolly’s comments abo(...)

Seán Cavanagh: “It doesn’t get any better than standing at Croke Park on a hot summer’s day.” Photograph: Inpho

Tyrone could do with Brian Dooher, Peter Canavan and Brian McGuigan come Saturday evening. Mickey Harte was adamant they were all visible in the play (...)