Tuesday 12 December 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

He scored 0-9 (0-4 from play) in a highly efficient performance. One could sense the panic in the Tyrone defence every time the ball was played in his direction.

Turning point

Eoghan O'Gara's goal in the 65th minute. The sides were level at that stage, making the next score vital. That it was a goal proved all the more decisive.

Talking point

The rate of improvement in Dublin since the humbling 5-9 to 0-13 defeat by Meath five weeks earlier. On Saturday, their energy and determination took them safely through the hardest tests and into a zone where they expressed themselves with real conviction.

Ref watch

A good performance by David Coldrick. In fairness to both sides, there was a good spirit to the game which made it relatively easy for the referee, who rose well to the occasion.

What they said

Pat Gilroy (Dublin manager):

"It wouldn't have been our expectation that we would beat one of the top three this year. That's being honest -- we thought that there would still be a bit of a gap because we had so many new guys."

Mickey Harte (Tyrone manager):

"We really can't do anything about the feeling we have now until next year. That's a long time and by the time it comes around you don't even have the right feelings to deal with it. It (the championship system) needs to be addressed."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 9 (2); Tyrone 17 (6).

Frees: Dublin 21 (9); Tyrone 33 (19).

Yellow cards: Dublin 5 (M Fitzsimons 23, R McConnell 24, E Fennell 54, P McMahon 55, P Flynn 67); Tyrone 2 (C McCarron 21, D Carlin 65).

Red cards: Dublin 0; Tyrone 0.

Attendance: 62,749.

What next?

Dublin play Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 22. Tyrone begin looking to 2011 and life in Division 2 of the National League.

Irish Independent

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