Rampant Dublin roar past Tyrone

Dublin 0-22 Tyrone 0-15

Dublin 0-22 Tyrone 0-15

The Dubs hit spectacular form to produce their best performance under Pat Gilroy, roaring into the All-Ireland semi-final with a seven points win over Tyrone.

Now their focus turns to another Ulster team and a last four meeting with Donegal, and on the evidence of this showing, they will have no fear as they continue their bid to reach a first Sam Maguire Cup decider since 1995.

They were superior to their opponents all over the field, and in full forward Diarmuid Connolly they had a match-winner.

The St Vincent’s man had a dream evening, hitting seven points from play, getting the better of a series of markers.

Dublin were superb defensively as well, closing down their opponents with discipline and determination, and never looked like losing this one.

Dublin blew Tyrone away with an irresistible display of power football to book an All-Ireland SFC semi-final date with Donegal.

Pat Gilroy’s inspired team produced a marvellous performance of committed, controlled endeavour to blast their way through to the last four.

They will go into their next assignment against another Ulster team in positive mood following a showing which delighted their fans among the 52,661-strong crowd at Croke Park.

Tyrone got off the mark first through Mark Donnelly, but once the Dubs got into their stride, they cut swathes through the Tyrone defence.

The warning signs were there from an early stage, when Paul Flynn sent Bernard Brogan in, one-on-one with Pascal McConnell, but the Tyrone ‘keeper pulled off a superb save.

Goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton converted the resultant ’45, and while Sean Cavanagh did edge the Red Hands back in front from a free, it was dashing Dublin who carried the attacking threat.

They defended superbly as well, shutting out Owen Mulligan and Martin Penrose and putting immense pressure on playmaker Brian McGuigan.

And when they got the ball to full forward Diarmuid Connolly, the talented St Vincent’s attacker responded with a display of sublime finishing.

By the end of the opening quarter, he had kicked four excellent points from play to give his side a 0-6 to 0-3 advantage.

Tyrone tightened up at the back, dropping extra men into their defence, but with little effect.

Two Bernard Brogan points and a Bryan Cullen effort opening out a six points advantage, and with Michael Fitzsimons, Rory O’Carroll and Ger Brennan defending superbly, they held Tyrone scoreless for a quarter of an hour.

Peter Harte converted knocked over a 25 metre free, and Sean Cavanagh curled over a couple from placed balls, but once again, the Dubs countered at pace for Alan Brogan and Connolly to add to their tallies, and build up a 0-11 to 0-6 interval lead.

Dublin led by 0-11 to 0-6 at the interval, and continued where they left off immediately after the restart, with Connolly stroking over his sixth, and Denis Bastick landing a monster effort, before Flynn made it 0-14 to 0-6

Bernard Brogan had another goal chance, but blasted his shot over the bar, and as Tyrone’s cause grew more desperate, more gaping holes began to open in their defence, allowing Connolly to send Flynn clear, but his shot flew wide at the far post.

Alan Brogan also went for the net, but he too just missed the target, profligacy which could be excused against the backdrop of an nine points cushion.

Substitute Brian Dooher and Penrose pulled back Tyrone points, but the Dubs were unfazed, and Connolly, now being shadowed by Conor Gormley, brought his tally to seven, all from play.

With 15 minutes to play, the Leinster champions led by nine points, Bernard Brogan having added to his tally and set one up for Barry Cahill.

Stephen O’Neill, Enda McGinley and Sean Cavanagh were on target at the other end, but the game was up for the treble All-Ireland winners.

The Brogan boys were in their pomp, curling over spectacular scores to delight the masses on the Hill.

Dublin: S Cluxton (0-2, 1f, 1 ’45), M Fitzsimons, R O’Carroll, C O’Sullivan, J McCarthy, G Brennan, J Nolan, D Bastick (0-1), MD Macauley, P Flynn (0-2), A Brogan (0-3), B Cullen (0-1), B Cahill (0-1), D Connolly (0-7), B Brogan (0-5, 1f).

Subs: R McConnell for Macauley, K McManamon for Flynn, E Fennell for Bastick, P McMahon for Nolan

Tyrone: P McConnell, M Swift, Joe McMahon, Justin McMahon, Sean O’Neill, C Gormley, P Jordan, K Hughes, S Cavanagh (0-4, 3f), C Cavanagh, B McGuigan, P Harte (0-1, f), M Penrose (0-4, 3f), M Donnelly (0-2), O Mulligan.

Subs: B Dooher (0-1) for McGuigan, D Carlin for Justin McMahon, Stephen O’Neill (0-2) for Harte, E McGinley (0-1) for Hughes, A Cassidy for C Cavanagh

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan).

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