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ALAN: Ulster champs ‘very difficult to play against’

AND now for something completely different! Saturday night’s demolition of Tyrone has been hailed as Dublin’s "most complete" performance of the past decade – but already the Sky Blue camp is gearing up for a far tighter contest against the blanket defence kings from Donegal.

Dublin’s All-Ireland SFC odds have been slashed in the wake of their thrilling seven-point defeat of Tyrone, but the players are already on message about the semi-final challenge that awaits them on August 28. “It’s going to be a completely different game against Donegal,” warned Alan Brogan. “From what I’ve seen of them so far, they get a lot of men behind the ball.

That in itself is very difficult to play against.” For all that, Dublin are now firm favourites to reach a first September showdown since 1995. They are 13/8 second favourites for the All-Ireland, behind Kerry at 10/11, with Donegal 8/1 and Mayo 10/1. Brogan, a senior mainstay since 2002, said of Saturday’s display: “It’s probably as complete a performance as I’ve had with Dublin. “I don’t know how satisfying it is because it’s still only an All-Ireland quarterfinal.”