It was Round 6 of last year’s National League that Tyrone stopped Dublin’s defence of the title in Croke Park

Dublin 1-11
Tyrone 1-14

After suffering defeat on the opening day of the 2019 National Football League to Monaghan, Dublin had gotten themselves back on course with a win over Galway. They lost in Tralee to Kerry but still had a chance of defending their League Crown.

Wins over Mayo and Roscommon followed, but Tyrone came to Croke Park and stopped them in their tracks to end their League run. As Dublin head to Omagh this weekend we take a look back at last year’s League fixture.

Mickey Hart’s men got revenge for the previous year’s defeat to Dublin in the All Ireland final. And it ended a six year wait to defeat their rivals in the National League. Cathal McShane registered 1-04 for the Red Hand on a cold March night in the capital.

Had Dublin beaten Tyrone, the had one foot in the League Final, but as the result unfolded, their title defence ended. And from there is was mathematically impossible for them to qualify.

The Dubs fielded twelve of the side that had lifted the Sam Maguire the previous year. Cian O’Connor, David Byrne and Cormac Costello were the new additions to the starting 15.

Mattie Donnelly opened the scoring for Tyrone on 23 second. A fourth minute goal from Cormac Costello didn’t seem to derail their game and by the 14th they were 1-00 to 0-03 and level. McShane rattled the net on 21 minutes putting them 1-03 to 1-01 ahead. They maintained that two point cushion at the break leading 1-07 to 1-05.

Cat and Mouse as both sides flex their muscle

McShane extended Tyrone’s lead seconds into the second-half when he outfielded Byrne again and pointed, leaving three between them. Dublin struck back with points from Brian Fenton and Dean Rock but Tyrone responded with scores from Richard Donnelly and Morgan.

It continued tit-for-tat as both sides fought hard to claim the important win. For Dublin fans the game will be remembered for Niall Morgan flooring Paddy Andrews down near the Hill end, resulting in Andrews being taken to hospital.

Sludden was dismissed for Tyrone in the 50th minute after a black card on top of an earlier yellow added up to a red card.

Tyrone though were still three points ahead with 15 minutes to go. They held on for the win despite Dublin throwing the kitchen sink at them late on with Ciaran Kilkenny and Colm Basquel both thwarted with goal attempts.

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

Dublin Substitutes:

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

Tyrone Substitutes:

18. Rory Brennan for McCann (12)
13. Connor McAliskey for Burns (60)
20. Colm Cavanagh for McNamee (62)
25. Darren McCurry for Kennedy (68)

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