Monday 23 April 2018

'This Dublin team could be the greatest side ever' - Pat Spillane

Dublin players Paul Flynn, Jonny Cooper and Cian O'Sullivan celebrate after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Dublin players Paul Flynn, Jonny Cooper and Cian O'Sullivan celebrate after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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RTE GAA pundit Pat Spillane has said that this current Dublin team could be the greatest Gaelic Football team of all time after the Jacks 12-point win over Tyrone on Sunday.

Dublin advanced to their third consecutive All-Ireland final with a brilliant display of attacking football that saw Jim Gavin's side put Tyrone away before the half-hour mark.

Dublin will now bid to become the first team since Mick O'Dwyer's Kerry sides to win three consecutive All-Ireland finals, and Spillane, who was an integral member of those sides, said that this Dublin team could be the greatest ever.

"A couple of weeks ago I said that this was one of the greatest Gaelic Football teams I've ever seen, it could be the greatest," Spillane said on The Sunday Game.

"They play football the way it should be played. Their skill, their pace, their athleticism, their movement, and two words I said before the game; their composure and their decision making.

"They always seem to make the right decision. This was a brilliant performance."

Fellow analyst Joe Brolly said that Dublin 'annihilated' Tyrone, but that the one-sided drubbing may have a positive impact on Gaelic Football.

"It could have been Armageddon but it was only an annihilation," said Brolly.

"They turned the enemy's strengths against them. Tyrone's strength is that very rigid blanket defence, but they just flooded it. Tyrone weren't able to run the ball out.

"They were hemmed into their own half. It's their skills as a team and also their understanding in the way they play, and a lot of it is rehearsed, but they can also play instinctively as a result of that, it's a beautiful gameplan.

"It's great for the game. It's obviously very disappointing for Tyrone, but it's good for the health of the game that they've been beaten because he last thing you want is copycats of that style of play, because it's a horrific style of play.

"It's very defensive and demoralising, and it leads to a very poor spectacle."

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