Cork's footballers face a tough task against Tyrone in the qualifiers

Cork's footballers face a tough task against Tyrone in the qualifiers
Mattie Donnelly of Tyrone in action against James Farrelly of Cavan last weekend. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

CORK have been paired with Mickey Harte’s Tyrone in round four of the football qualifiers.

It will be the first meeting between the counties at this stage of the championship, with Portlaoise the likely venue on Saturday, though that has to be confirmed by Croke Park.

Cork won their opening Munster Championship game by defeating Tipperary by 1-17 to 0-9 in Thurles, but slumped to Kerry in the Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Despite a couple of early goals from Jamie O’Sullivan and Mark Collins, Cork couldn’t live with the provincial champions who romped to a 3-18 to 2-4 victory.

Tyrone lost to Monaghan by two points in the Ulster quarter-final, but bounced back with a convincing win over lowly Carlow and just squeezed Cavan in sweltering conditions at the weekend.

It will be Cork’s fifth time meeting Ulster opponents in the qualifiers and their 18th game in all. Their record is 11 wins and six defeats.

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