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Paul Mannion, Dublin. Picture: Daire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Paul Mannion, Dublin. Picture: Daire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Paul Mannion, Dublin. Picture: Daire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

A SHOOTOUT at the Croke Park 'corral' looms after high-scoring Dublin and Tyrone gunned down Mayo and Kildare respectively to set up an Allianz Football League final date on Sunday week.

For the third game running, rising star Paul Mannion produced a 'Man of the Match' performance to see off Mayo by 2-16 to 0-16 and leave Dublin within 70 minutes of a first top-flight crown in 20 years.

But the Dublin Under 21 prodigy faces a battle with the old master, Stephen O'Neill, who kicked four points including two outrageous late efforts from either wing as Tyrone edged out Kildare in yesterday's first semi-final on a 2-15 to 2-11 scoreline.

Mannion followed up on his influential displays against Down and Donegal by tallying 1-4, all bar one point from play, after which Dublin boss Jim Gavin declared: "Paul had good form coming out of the club championships (last year) and he has brought that through for the last couple of games. He is moving well."

Alongside Mannion, Bernard Brogan landed 0-5 on his return from injury while Shane Connolly struck three excellent first half points.


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