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Mighty Quinn fires Dubs to victory

Dublin 1-9 Tyrone 1-6
By Diarmuid O’Flynn
BETWEEN the pitched brawls and running skirmishes in the battle of Omagh yesterday, some periods of football actually broke out.

When the dust finally settled on this opening round of the 2006 NFL, Dublin had fought out a well-merited win over the All-Ireland champions to get their campaign off to a solid start.

Let's get the litany of brawls out of the way first. In the fifth minute Dublin wing-forward Derek Murray is fouled, and a 13m free awarded.

In seconds there's a mass brawl involving 20 players, during which a Dublin player is felled with a clear punch. A couple of red cards might or might not have settled things early on, giving both sides the message that referee Paddy Russell, was taking no nonsense. Instead, two yellow cards, Tyrone midfielder Brian Meenan and Dublin corner-forward Alan Brogan, the first of 14 issued on the day.

From there to the finish it was off-the-ball incidents galore, late tackles, third-man tackles, isolated boxing/wrestling matches, most of them unpunished.

Minutes into the second half, another mill, everyone involved but the Tyrone full-forward and Dublin full-back lines and Dublin keeper. Straight red at the end of it all for Dublin's Brogan. On his way to the line, he becomes infuriated with a Tyrone official on the pitch attending to a Tyrone player and is hit from behind by another Tyrone player another major brawl with punching, jerseys ripped, yards from the eyes of hundreds of children there to cheer on their teams.

Another straight red, this time for Tyrone midfielder Colin Holmes, but the game remained foul-tempered and foul-ridden to the end, over 50 frees in total awarded in a game already fractured by fighting.

In the 58th minute, and for the second time in the match, the referee is called to an off-the-ball incident involving Tyrone full-forward Stephen O'Neill, and he receives his second yellow card, to his obvious fury. Ten minutes later, a second yellow for Dublin midfielder Bastic, and both sides are down to 13.

In the meantime, a little play to report.In the first half Tyrone were on top and led three points to two after 21 scrappy minutes, then came the first goal, the first penalty.

A stupid late challenge on Tyrone wing-forward Raymond Mulgrew inside the square, after he had lost control of the ball, and the penalty was brilliantly dispatched by Stephen O'Neill; Dublin keeper Paul Copeland, making his competitive debut, sent the wrong way. 1-3 to 0-2, but Dublin, to their credit, battled back, and with Tyrone scorning several chances, brought it back to a goal at the break, 1-5 to 0-5; freetaker Tomas "Mossie" Quinn got all the Dublin scores, though just one from play.

In the second half it was nine minutes before we had a score, but it was almost worth the wait. Another penalty, for Dublin this time, with debutant full-forward Kevin Bonner fouled in the square. Quinn's cracker low to the left corner gave giant Pascal McConnell absolutely no chance. 1-5 apiece, 14 players apiece, and Dublin now stepped up the pace, capitalising on O'Neill's sending off.

Three points in succession, one of those from outstanding centre-forward Bryan Cullen, Dublin's best player on the day, the other two from Quinn, and the visitors were in control.

In the 34th minute of the second half Tyrone scored their only score of the period, a point by substitute Peter Donnelly.

An injury-time point for the Dubs' corner-back David Henry on the end of a super move, and that was it, 1-9 to 1-6, a deserved three-point win for Dublin, two League points in the bag.

"It was a huge task, coming up here today," said Dublin manager Paul Caffrey of his five League debutants. "A lot of them acquitted themselves very well."

From Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, a little philosophy.

"We want to win every game we play, but also we have to stand up and accept when we're defeated as well.

The two points have gone to Dublin, and that won't change.

"We've been here before, lost the first round of the League in 2003, managed rightly after that, maybe we can go forward still."

That next game now takes on a little more significance, however.

"That's life in sport. Trends or conclusions are jumped to much quicker in the media world, and in the general world, than it does for us. We're always realists, we knew life wouldn't always be as good for us as it was in January (Tyrone won the McKenna Cup).

Maybe through the month of February we'll realise there's lots of work to do, just as there is for every other team."

Scorers for Dublin: T. Quinn 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65); B. Cullen, D. Henry, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tyrone: S. O'Neill 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); C. Holmes, R. Mellon, O. Mulligan (free), P. Donnelly, 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: P. Copeland; N. O'Shea, B. Cahill, D. Henry; P. Casey, C. Goggins, P. Andrews; C. Whelan, D. Bastic; D. Murray, B. Cullen, T. Quinn; D. O'Callaghan, K. Bonner, A. Brogan.

Subs: D. Lally (O'Callaghan 51); J. Sherlock (Bonner inj. 55); S. Ryan (Murray 65).

TYRONE: P. McConnell; R. McMenamin, C. Gormley, M. McGee; D. Harte, C. Gourley, D. Carlin; B. Meenan, C. Holmes; R. Mulgrew, G. Cavlan, S. Cavanagh; R. Mellon, S. O'Neill, O. Mulligan.

Subs: J. McMahon (Gormley 35); K. Hughes (Meenan 35); B. McGuigan (Mulgrew 55); P. Donnelly (Cavlan inj. 61). Blood sub: Hughes (Cavlan 11/15).

Referee: P. Russell (Tipperary).

 

Mighty Quinn fires Dubs to victory

Dublin 1-9 Tyrone 1-6
By Diarmuid O’Flynn
BETWEEN the pitched brawls and running skirmishes in the battle of Omagh yesterday, some periods of football actually broke out.

When the dust finally settled on this opening round of the 2006 NFL, Dublin had fought out a well-merited win over the All-Ireland champions to get their campaign off to a solid start.

Let's get the litany of brawls out of the way first. In the fifth minute Dublin wing-forward Derek Murray is fouled, and a 13m free awarded.

In seconds there's a mass brawl involving 20 players, during which a Dublin player is felled with a clear punch. A couple of red cards might or might not have settled things early on, giving both sides the message that referee Paddy Russell, was taking no nonsense. Instead, two yellow cards, Tyrone midfielder Brian Meenan and Dublin corner-forward Alan Brogan, the first of 14 issued on the day.

From there to the finish it was off-the-ball incidents galore, late tackles, third-man tackles, isolated boxing/wrestling matches, most of them unpunished.

Minutes into the second half, another mill, everyone involved but the Tyrone full-forward and Dublin full-back lines and Dublin keeper. Straight red at the end of it all for Dublin's Brogan. On his way to the line, he becomes infuriated with a Tyrone official on the pitch attending to a Tyrone player and is hit from behind by another Tyrone player another major brawl with punching, jerseys ripped, yards from the eyes of hundreds of children there to cheer on their teams.

Another straight red, this time for Tyrone midfielder Colin Holmes, but the game remained foul-tempered and foul-ridden to the end, over 50 frees in total awarded in a game already fractured by fighting.

In the 58th minute, and for the second time in the match, the referee is called to an off-the-ball incident involving Tyrone full-forward Stephen O'Neill, and he receives his second yellow card, to his obvious fury. Ten minutes later, a second yellow for Dublin midfielder Bastic, and both sides are down to 13.

In the meantime, a little play to report.In the first half Tyrone were on top and led three points to two after 21 scrappy minutes, then came the first goal, the first penalty.

A stupid late challenge on Tyrone wing-forward Raymond Mulgrew inside the square, after he had lost control of the ball, and the penalty was brilliantly dispatched by Stephen O'Neill; Dublin keeper Paul Copeland, making his competitive debut, sent the wrong way. 1-3 to 0-2, but Dublin, to their credit, battled back, and with Tyrone scorning several chances, brought it back to a goal at the break, 1-5 to 0-5; freetaker Tomas "Mossie" Quinn got all the Dublin scores, though just one from play.

In the second half it was nine minutes before we had a score, but it was almost worth the wait. Another penalty, for Dublin this time, with debutant full-forward Kevin Bonner fouled in the square. Quinn's cracker low to the left corner gave giant Pascal McConnell absolutely no chance. 1-5 apiece, 14 players apiece, and Dublin now stepped up the pace, capitalising on O'Neill's sending off.

Three points in succession, one of those from outstanding centre-forward Bryan Cullen, Dublin's best player on the day, the other two from Quinn, and the visitors were in control.

In the 34th minute of the second half Tyrone scored their only score of the period, a point by substitute Peter Donnelly.

An injury-time point for the Dubs' corner-back David Henry on the end of a super move, and that was it, 1-9 to 1-6, a deserved three-point win for Dublin, two League points in the bag.

"It was a huge task, coming up here today," said Dublin manager Paul Caffrey of his five League debutants. "A lot of them acquitted themselves very well."

From Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, a little philosophy.

"We want to win every game we play, but also we have to stand up and accept when we're defeated as well.

The two points have gone to Dublin, and that won't change.

"We've been here before, lost the first round of the League in 2003, managed rightly after that, maybe we can go forward still."

That next game now takes on a little more significance, however.

"That's life in sport. Trends or conclusions are jumped to much quicker in the media world, and in the general world, than it does for us. We're always realists, we knew life wouldn't always be as good for us as it was in January (Tyrone won the McKenna Cup).

Maybe through the month of February we'll realise there's lots of work to do, just as there is for every other team."

Scorers for Dublin: T. Quinn 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65); B. Cullen, D. Henry, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tyrone: S. O'Neill 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); C. Holmes, R. Mellon, O. Mulligan (free), P. Donnelly, 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: P. Copeland; N. O'Shea, B. Cahill, D. Henry; P. Casey, C. Goggins, P. Andrews; C. Whelan, D. Bastic; D. Murray, B. Cullen, T. Quinn; D. O'Callaghan, K. Bonner, A. Brogan.

Subs: D. Lally (O'Callaghan 51); J. Sherlock (Bonner inj. 55); S. Ryan (Murray 65).

TYRONE: P. McConnell; R. McMenamin, C. Gormley, M. McGee; D. Harte, C. Gourley, D. Carlin; B. Meenan, C. Holmes; R. Mulgrew, G. Cavlan, S. Cavanagh; R. Mellon, S. O'Neill, O. Mulligan.

Subs: J. McMahon (Gormley 35); K. Hughes (Meenan 35); B. McGuigan (Mulgrew 55); P. Donnelly (Cavlan inj. 61). Blood sub: Hughes (Cavlan 11/15).

Referee: P. Russell (Tipperary).