Dublin 0-22 Tyrone 0-15
Dublin proved too strong for Tyrone as they put on a wonderful display of football to ease to a 7 point win over Mickey Harte’s side to set up an All Ireland semi final clash with Donegal.
The game had a little bit of a history repeating feel about it as this was the fifth time in six years that the two sides have played each other in the All Ireland quarter finals. Dublin had the slight edge coming into the game having won their most recent battle last year.
Dublin made Pat Gilroy made two changes to his announced team with Eamonn Fennell and Eoghan O’Gara being replaced by Darragh MacAuley and Barry Cahill however it was Diarmuid Connolly who proved to be the difference. The St Vincents man scoring 7 points, all from play as Dublin racked up an impressive 19 scores from play in total with 3 from set plays.
The game started amid heavy rain and the scene was set for a rain drenched battle with Tyrone setting the marker with a Mark Donnelly point to put Mickey Harte’s side ahead inside the opening three minutes.
Dublin response was to go for goal with Bernard Brogan forcing Pascal McConnell into a fine save when put through one on one. Stephen Cluxton levelling matters from the subsequent 45.
Sean Cavanagh put Tyrone back in front with a free after he was fouled but Barry Cahill again levelled the game almost immediately.
Brogan then put Dublin ahead for the first time before Connolly added the first of his points to stretch the lead further.
Cavanagh pulled one back with another free but Connolly responded with two more point to put Dublin 3 points ahead.
Dublin were getting a lot space in the Tyrone backline and they duly took advantage as Brogan with two and Bryan Cullen with his first of the evening put the Dubs into a commanding 6 point lead.
The Dublin forward line was doing their job as too was the defenders with Ger Brennan and Rory O’Carroll restricting Tyrone and it wasn’t until 3 minutes before half time that Donnelly scored the Red Hands 4th point of the day, and they added another a minute later through Peter Harte to reduce the deficit to four.
Points from Connolly and Brogan restored the six point advantage with Cavanagh scoring just before the half time whistle to leave Dublin 0-11 to 0-06 ahead at half time.
Dublin were well up for this game as witnessed by their early arrival back on the field for the start of the second half and the half was barely two minutes old when Connolly had his 6th point of the day. Dennis Bastick and Paul Flynn got in on the act with their first points as Dublin moved into a commanding 8 point lead.
The Brogan’s of Bernard and Alan than went close with goal bound efforts, Bernard’s sailing over for a point while Alan’s effort went wide.
Brian Dooher and Martin Penros’s attempts to reduce the deficit proved futile as their efforts were cancelled out by the efforts from Connolly, Bernard Brogan and Cahill as Dublin remained in control.
Stephen O’Neill, Enda McGinley and Cavanagh all hit late points for Harte’s side but in the end it was too little too late for Tyrone and Dublin added further scores from the Brogan’s to seal an impressive win.
For Tyrone not it’s the end of an era with Harte saying after the game that he expected a number of retirements from his panel meanwhile its onwards and upwards for Dublin with Donegal up next for Gilroy’s men.
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