Friday 23 June 2017

Dublin were favourites and Donegal no-hopers. What could possibly go wrong?

Ryan McHugh, Donegal, scores his side's first goal, past Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Ryan McHugh, Donegal, scores his side's first goal, past Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Donegal travelled to Croke Park yesterday as the biggest no-hopers in semi-final football in the last 20 years.

Not even their own mothers gave them a chance of derailing Jim Gavin's turbo-charged Dublin Express.

The philosophers and the pundits assured us Dublin where a shoe-in for a September tilt at a third Sam Maguire in four years. If we heard it once, we heard it a thousand times.

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