Tyrone face-off against Orchard

THE shifting sands of the Ulster football scene may have belatedly caught up with both Tyrone and Armagh, as well as on some of their legendary players, but their rivalry remains just as acute.

For well over a decade the Orchards and Red Hands were the only show in town, the other seven counties in the northern province forlornly resigned to their fate as bit-part players on the Anglo-Celt stage.

From 1999 through to 2010 the two giants bossed their fiefdom, carving up the Ulster senior title between themselves almost at will during that twelve year time span.

The seemingly benign acceptance of this stranglehold was finally ended by Donegal last season, their breakthrough success in truth helping to galvanise a competition which was becoming as predictable as some of its southern counterparts.


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