Brogans lift Dublin to victory over Down

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Updated: April 2, 2011

Dublin were a point down in injury until super sub Bernard Brogan hit a point from play. Then the player of the year hit over a speculative ball into the Down box and his brother Alan wins the match for Dublin with a lucky goal.

Match tracker
Its all over Dublin are into the national league final.
70+3 Alan Brogan scores a goal after some horror defending by Down.
70+2 Bernard Brogan kicks a great point to level up the match.
70+1 Martin Clarke kicks a wide, three minutes injury time.
70min Down’s Danny Hughes wins the man of the match.
69min Clarke kicks the free over to give Down the lead.
67min Coulter is fouled, should be the lead for Down.
66min Poor shot by Alan Brogan lands in the keepers hands.
65min Poor free from Martin Clarke who has had a poor night tonight.
64min Down player wins a free, this could be the lead for the northern team.
63min Coulter back on the field
61min Declan Rooney hits a poor wide for Down.
60min Mossy Quinn shot lands in the keepers hands.
59min Benny Coulter is off injured.
58min Conor Maginn kicks a point from play to level it up.
58min Martin Clarke kicks a free for Down.
56min Mossy Quinn hit a free to leave Dublin two ahead
53min Poor wide by Kevin McKernan for Down.
51min Alan Brogan wins a free in front of the post.
50min Good save by Cluxton in the Dublin goal.
49min Poor free by Mossy Quinn is kicked wide.
47min Down goalkeeper has to be replaced due to injury.
45min Mossy Quinn scores a point after a good pass by Bernard Brogan.
44min Bernard Brogan is on the pitch for Dublin.
42min Danny Hughes levels up the match for Down.
41min Barry Cahill tries out his soccer skills after the recent Dublin trip to Celtic, but he cant beat the down keeper.
40min Cullen kicks his first point of the night for Dublin.
38min Nice point from the fist by Paul McComiskey for Down.
36min Paul Flynn hits a nice point from play for Dublin.
36min Connor Garvey hits a wide for Down.
HALF TIME
35min Mossy Quinn hits his second free of the night.
34min Mark Poland hits a good point for Down to give them the lead.
33min Diarmuid Connolly hits a shocking free wide from in front of the posts.
32min Paul Flynn looked to have a goal on, but he hits the post.
31min One of the worst wides ever hit in Croke Park by Paul Flynn for fifteen yards out.
30min Great point from Peter Fitzpatrick for Down to level the match.
29min Good defending by Down leads to a Barry Cahill wide.
28min Stunning point by Connelly for Dublin.
27min Poor wide by Benny Coulter.
24min Kevin McKernan kicks a point for Down.
23min Nice point from Dublin’s captain for the night Mossy Quinn.
21min Awful wide by Paul McComiskey for Down.
20min Dennis Bastick hits a shocking wide when a goal looked on.
19min Declan Rooney concedes a free for over carrying when a point looked on.
17min Nice point form a difficult free for Martin Clarke.
15min Lots of poor play from both sides.
13min Benny Coulter gets a point for Down.
12min Hughes hits a wide for Down.
11min Paul Flynn gets a poachers goal for Dublin.
10min Nice point this time from Alan Brogan.
9min Alan Brogan hits the ball off the crossbar and its cleared by the Down defence.
8min Danny Hughes gets a point for Down.
7min Nice point from the fist by Paul McComiskey for Down.
6min Another shocking wide from McKernan.
5min Poor wide for Dublin.
4min Kevin McKernan hits a wide for Down.
3min Barry Cahill gets a point for Dublin.
3min Down hits the post, its still only one point to nil.
2min Benny Coulter gets the short 45 and kicks Down in front.
1min Benny Coulter wins a 45 for Down.
1min Match underway.
0min Just a draw will get Dublin into a league final

Team News
Dublin( NFL V Down): Stephen Cluxton; Philip McMahon, Paul Brogan, Nicky Devereux; Kevin Nolan, Ger Brennan, Darragh Nelson, Denis Bastick, Barry Cahill, Paul Flynn, Kevin McManaman, Bryan Cullen, Alan Brogan, Diarmuid Connolly, Tomás Quinn.

Down (NFL v Dublin) : Brendan McVeigh, Gerard McCartan, Dan Gordon, Brendan McArdle,Conor Garvey,
Kevin McKernan,Declan Rooney,Peter Fitzpatrick, Kalum King, Daniel Hughes,Mark Poland,Conor Maginn
Paul McComiskey, Brendan Coulter,Martin Clarke.

Preview
Dublin host Down at Croke Park on Saturday evening, knowing that a draw would be enough to see them through to their first national final in over a decade.

The home side have been a revelation in the league this season and apart from a shock against Monaghan, where they were made to work much harder than expected, Pat Gilroy’s side have looked comfortable in all their outings to date. Victories over Cork and Kerry set the platform for the campaign and they duly built on that promise in recent weeks.

Defensive frailties were evident against Mayo in the last round and Gilroy has acted swiftly, making five changes in personnel at the back. It will be interesting to see how the Blues cope with Down’s much lauded forward line, who has been very impressive at times this season.

The Mourne men are still in with an outside chance of making the final and a victory on Saturday would open the door up for them, especially if Cork were to drop further points. The Rebels have been the sole team to beat James McCartan’s men this season, although they dropped a point against Mayo on the opening day.

Both sides have plenty to play for in this encounter and it looks likely to be one of the ties of the round this weekend. With home advantage and the prospect of a league final place on offer, Dublin are given a narrow vote to continue their excellent start to the season.

Verdict: Dublin

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