Dublin's five-game losing streak comes to an end as they ease to victory over Tyrone

Victory gives the Dubs a chance of survival in Division 1.

Ciarán Kilkenny takes on Peter Harte.
Ciarán Kilkenny takes on Peter Harte.
Image: Evan Treacy/INPHO

THE DIKTAT HANDED down by the Gaelic Player’s Association that players and management would not be granting interviews as a means of push-back in the ongoing expenses row might have come as a blessed relief to Tyrone managers Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher, but a pain to Dessie Farrell.

For once this season, he had something to crow about. A five-point win over the All-Ireland champions, with every one of their 13 points coming from play. But they were also back to form here. Not perfect, not championship, but it gives them a chance of survival in Division 1.

At half-time, the position of the All-Ireland champions looked perilous. 0-11 to 0-2 down, their only scores came from Darren McCurry and Cathal McShane frees. Conn Kilpatrick had the ball in the net as the half wound down but referee Barry Cassidy ruled it out, signalling for a push in the build-up.

Dublin began like it was 2020 all over again. Their composure, so badly missing up to now, was suddenly there again. Handling, tackling, patient build-up, everything was on point. They had built up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead when Padraig Hampsey received a black card.

By the time he was back on, Dublin helped themselves to another five points.

The lead went from nine at the break to five at the end, but Tyrone’s cause was hampered further by the dismissal of Hampsey when he picked up a yellow, and a subsequent red card, on 39 minutes.

The two teams played out a phony second half thereafter, Tyrone’s only scores coming from two Richie Donnelly boomers and a lovely solo dummy and slice over from Niall Sludden.

Dublin won this at their ease. It’s bound to be a Killarney moment for Tyrone.

Scorers for Tyrone: D McCurry (0-3f), R Donnelly (0-2), C McShane (0-2f), N Sludden (0-1)

Scorers for Dublin: D Rock (0-3), C Kilkenny, C Costello, S Bugler (0-2 each), R McDaid, B Fenton, T Lahiff, N Scully (0-1 each)

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TYRONE: N Morgan; M McKernan, R McNamee, F Burns; C Meyler, J Munroe, P Harte; C Kilpatrick, P Hampsey; N Donnelly, N Sludden, K McGeary; D McCurry, C McShane, D Canavan

Subs: C McKenna for Donnelly (33m), R Donnelly for Monroe, M Conroy for McGeary (both HT), L Rafferty for Sludden (59m), P Donaghy for McShane (68m)

DUBLIN: E Comerford; M Fitzsimons, D Byrne, C Murphy; J Small, J Cooper, R McDaid; B Fenton, T Lahiff; B Howard, S Bugler, N Scully; C Costello, C Kilkenny, D Rock

Subs: E Murchan for Cooper (50m), J McCarthy for Lahiff (52m), R Basquel for Costello (65m), L Gannon for McDaid (70m), L O’Dell for Bugler (73m)

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

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