Tyrone’s Three Point Victory Ended Dublin’s League Title Defence
Dublin’s League title defence was ended this evening in Croke Park by Tyrone in a lackluster performance by Jim Gavin’s side.
Dublin looked heavy legged tonight and although they enjoyed plenty of possession their passing and shooting was off the mark with a wide count at the end that was in double figures.
Tyrone won the throw-in worked the ball into Mattie Donnelly who scored the first point of the game inside the opening seconds.
An excellent block by Paul Mannion in the fourth minute started a counter attack for Dublin, Cian O’Sullivan snapped up the ball and released Dean Rock who was free on the Tyrone 45’, a couple of strides later and Rock passed inside to Cormac Costello who ghosted past a couple of Tyrone defenders and buried the ball to the back of the net.
Points from Mattie Donnelly from play and a Peter Harte converted free leveled the game at three apiece.
A point from Con O’Callaghan in the 18th minute put Dublin a point up but three minutes later a high speculative ball towards the Dublin square worked out perfect for Tyrone.
Cathal McShane the furthest player forward for the Red Hand County took full advantage of an unfortunate slip by Byrne and with Dublin number 3 on the deck McShane picked up the ball unchallenged turned inside in the direction of the goal and calmly placed the ball past Cluxton and into the net to give Tyrone a two point lead.
The sides swapped a free each with Dean Rock and Peter Harte slotting over and an excellent point from Paul Mannion put just a point between the teams.
Costello had a point ruled out by Hawkeye but got a second scoring opportunity moments later this time at goal, but his shot was saved by Tyrone keeper Niall Morgan.
In the 30th minute Dublin were hit a blow when John Small was forced off with an injury. Five minutes later the Dubs suffered a second blow when Costello also got injured and was replaced by Paddy Andrews.
Two pointed frees including one from Morgan put Tyrone three to the good with three minutes to the break.
An excellent point from Ciaran Kilkenny reduced the deficit to two, but it was quickly wiped out with another pointed free from McShane.
A point in stoppage time by Dean Rock from way out on the right sideline on the Hogan Stand side left the score at the break 1-07 to 1-05 in favour of Tyrone.
McShane opened the scoring in the second half, he caught a high ball just outside the square and split the posts. A sweeping move involving Rock, O’Callaghan and Fenton ended with a sweet point from a tight angle from the Dublin midfielder.
A free just outside the D was converted by Rock to leave the bare minimum between the sides. But Tyrone regained their two point advantage with a long range effort from Richie Donnelly.
Niall Morgan swung over another free but Dublin immediately responded with a point from Paddy Andrews.
Seconds later Niall Morgan had a scary moment when he spilled an effort from Rock and the ball went through his legs and he just stopped the ball before it crept over the goal-line.
Morgan was involved again minutes later when he raced from his goal to the right corner, Paddy Andrews got the ball just before the Tyrone keeper but was taken out of it by Morgan and Andrews had to leave the field on a motorised stretcher.
Paul Mannion converted a forward mark in the 49th minute to put Dublin two behind. From the resultant restart Niall Sludden pulled down Brian Fenton and was shown a black and having already been on a yellow a subsequent red card.
Points from Donnelly and Harte put Tyrone four points up, it was a five point lead with ten minutes to go when Cathal McShane hit over another forward mark as Dublin continued to struggle under the high ball.
Ciaran Kilkenny responded with a point of his own after good work from Jonny Cooper.
Dublin though huffed and puffed till the end in what was a lackluster performance from Jim Gavin’s men and all they could muster before the final whistle was a Paul Mannion free in injury time and Tyrone ran out deserving three point winners and Dublin’s League title defence ended before the final round of regulation games.
Scorers for Dublin:
Paul Mannion 0-04 (2f, 1m)
Cormac Costello 1-00
Ciaran Kilkenny 0-02
Dean Rock 0-02 (2f)
Brian Fenton 0-01
Con O’Callaghan 0-01
Scorers for Tyrone:
Cathal McShane 1-04 (2m, 0-1f)
Mattie Donnelly 0-03
Peter Harte 0-03 (1m, 2f)
Richard Donnelly 0-02
Niall Morgan (0-2f) 0-02
16. Stephen Cluxton
2. Jonny Cooper
3. David Byrne
4. Cian O’Connor
5. Brian Howard
6. Cian O’Sullivan
7. John Small
8. Brian Fenton
24. James McCarthy
10. Con O’Callaghan
11. Cormac Costello
12. Niall Scully
13. Dean Rock
14. Ciaran Kilkenny
22. Paul Mannion
19. Darren Daly for Small (30)
15. Paddy Andrews for Costello (35)
25. Kevin McManamon for Andrews (48)
9. Darren Gavin for O’Sullivan (57)
26. Eoghan O’Gara for Rock (60)
17. Colm Basquel for Scully (74)
1. Niall Morgan
2. Pádraig Hampsey
3. Ronan McNamee
4. Hugh Pat McGeary
5. Tiernan McCann
6. Frank Burns
7. Ben McDonnell
8. Cathal McShane
9. Richie Donnelly
10. Mattie Donnelly
11. Niall Sludden
12. Conor Meyler
22. Brian Kennedy
14. Peter Harte
15. Kieran McGeary
18. Rory Brennan for McCann (12)
13. Connor McAliskey for Burns (60)
20. Colm Cavanagh for McNamee (62)
25. Darren McCurry for Kennedy (68)