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Sharp-shooting Blues to lock horns with Tyrone in Croker cracker

DUBLIN and Tyrone have booked a date with history in Croke Park on Sunday week when they meet in the Allianz NFL final for the first time.

And with Dublin scoring 2-16 and Tyrone 2-15 in their respective semi-final wins over Mayo and Kildare, the final promises to be a fitting send-off to the spring campaign.

Dublin have been installed as 4/11 favourites to win the title for the first time since 1993 after recovering from a slow start to overpower Mayo. The Dubs didn't score for 13 minutes, but hit 2-9 in a 17-minute spell which set them on their way to a 2-16 to 0-16 win.

Paul Mannion (above) continued on his upward surge, scoring 1-4 (1-3 from play) in a man-of-the-match performance for Dublin, who led by 2-9 to 0-8 at half-time.

If Mannion was Dublin's star act in what is turning into an excellent debut season for the Kilmacud Crokes attacker, veteran Stephen O'Neill was the main man as Tyrone beat Kildare by four points to reach the final for the first time since 2003. He scored some excellent points from either wing and was also involved in the build-up to both their goals.

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Irish Independent

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