Thursday 8 December 2016

Much to ponder for Gavin as Tyrone expose Dublin flaws

Published 29/04/2013 | 05:00

This has been one of the best National Football Leagues for many a year, with a host of exciting and high-quality games that have made a mockery of those team managers who claim they never take the league seriously.

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So it was fitting that Dublin and Tyrone did justice to the competition in a manner that few could have imagined. This was a fabulous, high-octane game which will scarcely be equalled in the forthcoming championship for drama and the sort of exuberant football that many thought was a thing of the past.

Dublin won by the skin of their teeth but Tyrone surely earned a draw until some of their veterans showed signs of fatigue in the closing 10 minutes – and that was enough to allow substitute Dean Rock to come good with two clever points in the dying moments, before Jack McCaffrey kicked the winner.

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