All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final
Dublin 1-15 Tyrone 0-13
The Dubs finally found the will and the way from deep within themselves to take on one of the big guns and win.
Having lost heavily to Kerry and Tyrone at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage in each of the past two seasons, they have re-invented themselves under manager Pat Gilroy, and the Red Hands felt the wrath of the new Dublin at Croke Park.
This was a team prepared to battle, to scavenge, to chase and to almost die for the jersey.
And it was a richly deserved victory which sets up a semi-final clash with either Cork or Roscommon.
This gripping encounter hung in the balance right until Eoghan O’Gara drilled home the only goal of the game in the 65th minute. From then onwards there was only going to be one winner.
Bernard Brogan once again delivered on the big stage, posting nine previous points as the Dubs took a positive turn on the journey to the Promised Land.
Bernard Brogan, with two frees, and Bryan Cullen got the Dubs off to a positive start, making it 0-3 to 0-0 after five minutes.
And they could have had a goal in the tenth minute when a flowing move opened up the Tyrone defence, but Eoghan O’Gara’s pass was just too heavy for Brogan.
Tyrone finally opened their account in the eighth minute when Martin Penrose converted a free, but they were having difficulty in breaking down a massed Dublin defence, with full back Rory O’Carroll winning his personal battle with Sean Cavanagh.
Penrose landed a long range point from play to reduce the deficit, but the Metropolitans restored their three points cushion when goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton converted a ’45.
Brogan and Penrose swapped frees, before Tyrone found some form late in the half to reel off five points on the spin.
Sean Cavanagh’s move from the inside line to take up a deeper role had a positive effect for Mickey Harte’s side. He won the frees which Penrose and Mulligan converted as the Red Hands went in front for the first time through wing back Philip Jordan.
A long-range point from corner back Philip McMahon brought the Dubs level again, but Tyrone missed a glorious goal chance when Penrose was sent clear by Brian McGuigan, but sent his shot crashing against the crossbar. A Penrose free sent Tyrone in at the break with a narrow 0-8 to 0-7 lead.
Jordan’s second point, and another from the in-form Mulligan stretched the lead, but a delightful cameo from the Brogans saw them hit two delightful scores from play to tie it up at 0-10 each on 46 minutes.
But Bernard Brogan was in the mood, and he launched three wonderful points from play to put his side in the driving seat.
Tyrone were labouring, but pegged back scores through Brian McGuigan dan Penrsoe to stay in touch.
But they kicked a succession of wides during a period of dominance, and were punished when full forward O’Gara banged in the decisive goal after a Paul Flynn effort had come back off a post.
Conal Keaney and Michael Dara Macauley finished the job off with the late points that confirmed Tyrone’s exit from the race for Sam and usher in a new challenger.
S Cluxton (0-1, ’45), M Fitzsimons, R O’Carroll, P McMahon (0-1), K Nolan, G Brennan, B Cahill, MD Macauley (0-1), R McConnell, B Cullen (0-1), A Brogan (0-1), N Corkery, D Henry, E O’Gara (1-0), B Brogan (0-9, 5f).
Subs: P Flynn for Henry, C O’Sullivan for Cahill, E Fennell for Corkery, C Keaney (0-1, f) for A Brogan,, A Brogan for Cullen
Tyrone: P McConnell, C McCarron, Justin McMahon, R McMenamin, D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan (0-2), C Cavanagh, K Hughes, B Dooher, B McGuigan (0-1), Joe McMahon, M Penrose (0-5, 4f), S Cavanagh, O Mulligan (0-5, 2f).
Subs: D Carlin for McCarron, S O’Neill for Harte, E McGinley for Hughes, P Harte for Penrose
Referee: D Coldrick (Meath).