Thursday 5 December 2019

Dublin v Derry - Game at a glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

Eoghan O'Gara ran him close but Brogan's finishing power gave him the edge. He scored 1-6 (1-3 play) in a superb performance which augurs well for Dublin's summer.

TURNING POINT

None. Dublin were superior in every department from start to finish. Even the concession of an early goal made no difference whatsoever as they quickly re-established momentum.

TALKING POINT

Were Dublin brilliant or Derry dismal? It was a mixture of both, with the balance leaning more to the former.

MAGIC MOMENT

It was more a case of magic sections as Dublin played with so much invention that it left Derry completely mesmerised.

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REF WATCH

An easy game for Cormac Reilly but like several other referees this season, he punished the sinned rather than the sinner on a few occasions when a player who went to ground was prevented from getting back to his feet. Where's this trend coming from?

WHAT THEY SAID

Jim Gavin (Dublin manager):

"We took our opportunities in the first quarter and they probably didn't. We got a bit of momentum and they found it hard to come back. In a National League final, you have got to be happy when you win."

Brian McIver (Derry manager):

"We simply didn't turn up in the first half. It's very hard to judge how good Dublin were considering our performance wasn't up to scratch."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides

Dublin 17 (5 first half)

Derry 3 (2)

Frees

Dublin 14 (9)

Derry 15 (8)

Black Cards

Dublin 0. Derry 1 (O Duffy 51)

Yellow cards

Dublin 0. Derry 0

Red Cards

Dublin 0. Derry 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Derry host Donegal in the Ulster quarter-final on May 25; Dublin begin the defence of their Leinster title against Laois or Wicklow in Croke Park on June 8.

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