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Dean Rock - Dublin's top scorer in this year's championship - puts Cian Kiely of Cork under pressure during Saturday's quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Dean Rock - Dublin's top scorer in this year's championship - puts Cian Kiely of Cork under pressure during Saturday's quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Dean Rock - Dublin's top scorer in this year's championship - puts Cian Kiely of Cork under pressure during Saturday's quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Saturday’s win over Cork maintained Dublin’s remarkable record at the last-eight stages of the All-Ireland SFC, with the Dubs having won their last nine quarter-finals.

Since losing emphatically to Kerry in 2009, Dublin have never failed to reach the last four – albeit they came through the Super 8s in 2018 and 2019 while there were no quarter-finals as a result of Covid in 2020 and last year.

During that period, Dublin have defeated three counties on two occasions (Tyrone, Monaghan and Cork) with Laois, Fermanagh and Donegal also succumbing to the Dubs at the quarter-final stage.

2010 – Dublin 1-15 Tyrone 0-13; 2011 – Dublin 0-22 Tyrone 0-15; 2012 – Dublin 1-12 Laois 0-12; 2013 – Dublin 1-16 Cork 0-14; 2014 – Dublin 2-22 Monaghan 0-11; 2015 – Dublin 2-23 Fermanagh 2-15; 2016 – Dublin 1-15 Donegal 1-10; 2017 – Dublin 1-19 Monaghan 0-12; 2018 – N/A; 2019 – N/A; 2020 – N/A; 2021 – N/A; 2022 – Dublin 0-21 Cork 0-10.

Solid as a Rock
Dean Rock extended his lead as Dublin’s top scorer in this year’s championship with his nine points in the win over Cork taking his personal tally to 1-26, with 1-19 of those scores coming from placed balls.

In total, Dublin have scored 7-89 in their four victories against Wexford, Meath, Kildare and Cork, with 15 players on target, conceding just 2-43 in that quartet of games.

Despite not featuring on Saturday, Con O’Callaghan remains in second spot while Cormac Costello continued his record of scoring in every game with his solitary point against the Rebels.

Ciarán Kilkenny has also worked the umpires in all four games with his three points last weekend leaving the Castleknock star with 1-9 to his name.

Dublin’s defence have contributed consistently on the scoreboard with Lee Gannon’s brace against Cork doubling his tally to 0-4.

Dublin scorers to date: Dean Rock 1-26 (1-0pen, 0-17f, 0-2 ’45, 0-2m); Con O’Callaghan 2-13 (0-1m); Cormac Costello 2-7; Ciarán Kilkenny 1-9; Brian Fenton 0-10; John Small 1-1; Tom Lahiff 0-4; Lee Gannon 0-4; Lorcan O’Dell 0-3; Brian Howard 0-3; James McCarthy 0-2; Paddy Small 0-2 (1m); Aaron Byrne 0-2; Sean Bugler 0-2; Niall Scully 0-1.

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