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Ferocious Battle: Brogan

DUBLIN footballers will have to replicate their Tyrone tour de force if they're to reach a first All-Ireland senior final in 16 years.

That's the warning from reigning Footballer of the Year Bernard Brogan, who has predicted a "ferocious battle" from Ulster champions Donegal in this Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park.

"People will question whether we are capable of playing as well as we did against Tyrone and the answer is we have to," writes Brogan, in his exclusive Vodafone Dub Hub blog on www.hill16.ie.

"We didn't fire on all cylinders in Leinster and we know that has to be a different story in the All-Ireland series. This is going to be a ferocious battle - but we're confident that we can go out and perform if we replicate our work rate and are willing to die for that ball."

Brogan is confident that Pat Gilroy's men won't fall prey to any of the hype or complacency that supposedly derailed the Dubs in the 1992 All-Ireland final against Donegal.

"I was only seven years old," the All Star forward points out, "so I remember none of the hype in the build-up to that game.

"But I can guarantee that hype is not something we let affect us."