Dublin player in a sky blue jersey and navy shorts is tackled by two Tyrone players in white jerseys with red trim and red shorts during Dublin’s League encounter with Tyrone

Dublin’s Last Defeat At The Hands Of Tyrone Was In the 2013 National Football League

 

Dublin’s recent meetings with Tyrone have certainly been wrapped up in blue with Jim Gavin’s men having Mickey Harte’s teams number on speed dial.

The last victory the men from the north enjoyed over the Dubs was back in March of 2013 in the National Football League in what was Jim Gavin’s first year in charge. Mickey Harte’s side won by a single point on a scoreline of 0-18 to 1-14.

That was to be Dublin’s only loss of the year – the two sides met again in the NFL final and this time it was Jim Gavin’s side who were the beneficiaries of a one point win by 0-18 to 0-17 and more importantly it was Dublin’s first piece of silverware under Gavin.

A trip to Omagh the following season in the league and goals from James McCarthy, Michael Darragh Macauley and Jason Whelan secured another one point win for the Dubs by 3-10 to 1-15.

In 2015 it was back to Croke Park for the next meeting between the two rivals in round 4 of the league, Tyrone looked odds on to claim the win, but a late goal from Dean Rock salvaged a draw for Dublin.

With Tyrone relegated that season the two sides didn’t meet again till 2017 in another division 1 league encounter. The game took place in GAA headquarters and once again Mickey Harte’s men looked primed for a famous win.

But Dublin’s fighting character was at this stage under Gavin well and truly running through the veins of the players and they hit a five point burst to claim a share of the spoils with the game ending Dublin 0-10, Tyrone 1-07.

With Dublin needing late comebacks in the latest two meetings against Mickey Harte’s team talk of Tyrone the team that was going to end Dublin’s reign as All Ireland champions gathered pace as the summer of 2017 headed toward autumn and the business end of the championship.

 

Dublin’s Tactics Took Tyrone’s Blanket Defence Apart

 

The two sides met in the All Ireland semi final with many observers feeling the men from the Red Hand county had the tools to blunt the Dublin attack. The reality was much different, as Gavin’s men took Tyrone’s blanket defence apart to record a 12 point win which included a brilliant early goal from Con O’Callaghan and a second from Niall Scully with the final score 2-17 to 0-11.

Last season the teams met three times – twice in Healy Park In Omagh and once in Croke Park. The first meeting was in the National Football League on the 3rd of February and on a damp cool night in Omagh goals from Ciaran Kilkenny and substitute Eoghan O’Gara helped Dublin to a 2-13 to 1-11 win.

In July it was back to the Red Hand County for Dublin’s next meeting with Mickey Harte’s team in the ‘Super 8’s. Amid lots of press coverage about the Healy Park pitch being narrowed for the visit of the Dubs, it made little difference to the outcome as Gavin’s men once again secured a victory with James McCarthy’s goal the difference between the sides at the finish with the final score 1-14 to 0-14.

The staging of Tyrones late comeback, albeit one that came up short in the July meeting between the teams, led to another round of heightened expectation among the media and supporters that with lessons learned from the previous years All Ireland semi final, Tyrone were the ones to derail Dublin’s four in a row bid in the All Ireland Final.

Tyrone started the game brightly and raced into a four point lead after 15 minutes. But Dublin clicked into gear, Mannion was fouled just as he was about to pull the trigger and the referee awarded a penalty.

Mannion dusted himself off and buried the penalty to the back of the net, that was followed by a couple of Dean Rock points and with eight minutes to go in the first half Niall Scully palmed a Con O’Callaghan pass to the back of the net and it was Dublin’s game from there on till the final whistle cruising to the finish while steadily extending their lead as they went to win by 2-17 to 1-14.

Tyrone after a slow start have been finding their form over the last number of weeks in the league. But so too have Dublin with convincing wins over Galway and Mayo and with another league final place firmly in their sights and the summer starting to appear on the horizon they are starting to go up through the gears.

Dublin verses Tyrone games can sometimes take on a life all of their own and predicting outcomes can sometimes be made to look very foolish. So maybe for a rivalry that has given everything from the ‘Battle Of Omagh’, tense draws and one sided cakewalks is probably prudent to say expect the unexpected on Saturday night.

 

Dublin’s Record Against Tyrone Under Jim Gavin:

 

2013 National Football League:

 

Dublin 1-14

Tyrone 0-18

(Croke Park)

 

2013 National Football League Final:

 

Dublin 0-18

Tyrone 0-17

(Croke Park)

 

2014 National Football League:

 

Dublin 3-10

Tyrone 1-15

(Healy Park, Omagh)

 

2015 National Football League:

 

Dublin 1-09

Tyrone 0-12

(Croke Park)

 

2017 National Football League:

 

Dublin 0-10

Tyrone 1-07

(Croke Park)

 

2017 All Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi Final:

 

Dublin 2-17

Tyrone 0-11

(Croke Park)

 

2018 National Football League:

 

Dublin 2-13

Tyrone 1-11

(Healy Park, Omagh)

 

2018 All Ireland Senior Football Championship ‘Super 8’s’:

 

Dublin 1-14

Tyrone 0-14

(Healy Park, Omagh)

 

2018 All Ireland Senior Football Championship Final:

 

Dublin 2-17

Tyrone 1-14

(Croke Park)