Saturday 24 June 2017

Dublin maintain unbeaten record with stirring comeback to draw with Tyrone

Dublin 0-10 Tyrone 1-7

Aidan McCrory of Tyrone scores his side's first goal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park
Aidan McCrory of Tyrone scores his side's first goal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin rallied late to secure a draw and stretch their unbeaten run to an incredible 31 games after a frantic finale in front of 28,305 in Croke Park.

Fourteen man Tyrone looked to have done enough in the second half to halt Jim Gavin’s machine but a Dean Rock free four minutes into injury time ensured the spoils would be shared on a bitterly cold night at HQ.

The Ulster men had Mark Bradley sent off in the 51st minute after a clash with Jonny Cooper but they still managed to open up a five point lead at one stage thanks in part to a goal from Aidan McCrory.

That major came just before Bradley’s sending off, with Sean Cavanagh and Declan McClure combing to put McCrory away. He finished from close range to put Dublin on the edge of a first defeat since the spring of 2015 before their late rally.

Eoghan O'Gara of Dublin in action against Justin McMahon, Cathal McCarron and Roanan McNamee of Tyrone
Eoghan O'Gara of Dublin in action against Justin McMahon, Cathal McCarron and Roanan McNamee of Tyrone

Tyrone played with the aid of the breeze in the first half and led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the short whistle. However they should have been more ahead as they kicked eight wides in that period, a number that would extend to 14 by the end of play.

Mickey Harte's side would continue to have the upper hand early in the second half with the impressive Niall Sudden picking off three points from play over the course of the evening.

However they couldn’t withstand Dublin’s late rally and Rock held his nerve to ensure Dublin’s unbeaten record remained in tact.

SCORERS - Tyrone: A McCrory 1-0, N Sudden 0-3, P Harte (2f) 0-2, C Meyler, D McClure 0-1 each.

Dublin: D Rock 0-6 (6f), B Fenton, P McMahon, C Kilkenny, J Cooper 0-1 each.

Dublin: S Cluxton; P McMahon, M Fitzsimons, J Cooper; J McCarthy, J Small, J McCaffrey; B Fenton, MD Macauley; N Scully, P Mannion, C Kilkenny; C Basquel, E O’Gara, D Rock SUBS: E Lowndes for Basquel (ht),K McManamon for Macauley (44), C Reddin for Mannion (50), D Byrne for McCaffrey (51), J Whelan for Small (57), D Daly for Cooper (59).

Mark Bradley of Tyrone receives a red card from referee Joe McQuillan
Mark Bradley of Tyrone receives a red card from referee Joe McQuillan

Tyrone: N Morgan, P Hampsey, R McNamee, C McCarron; T McCann, P Harte, A McCrory; C Cavanagh, J McMahon; C Meyler, N Sludden, D McClure; D McCurry, C McShane, M Bradley SUBS: R Brennan for McCann (16), S Cavanagh for McShane (ht), J Munroe for McMahon (47), D Mulgrew for Meyler (50), P McNulty for McClure (70).

Ref: J McQuillan (Cavan). 

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