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Hello and welcome to The42′s live coverage of this evening’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park.

Throw-in is at 4pm. We’ll have team news shortly.

In the Minor semi-final, by the way, Derry have overcome the young Dubs by three points.

Here are your teams as they stand, with just over 15 minutes until throw-in.

Dublin team to play Tyrone

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
3. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
4. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)

5. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
6. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)
7. Niall Scully (Templeogue)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)

10. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)
11. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)
12. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)

13. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
14. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)
15. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)

Tyrone team to play Dublin

1. Niall Morgan (Éadan na dTorc)

2. Aidan McCrory (Aireagal Chiaráin)
3. Ronan McNamee (Achadh Uí Aráin)
4. Cathal McCarron (An Droim Mór)

5. Tiernan McCann (Coill an Chlochair)
6. Pádraig Hampsey (Oileán a’Ghuail)
7. Peter Harte (Aireagal Chiaráin)

8. Colm Cavanagh (An Mhaigh)
9. Conall McCann (Coill an Chlochair)

10. David Mulgrew (Ard Bó)
11. Niall Sludden (An Droim Mór)
12. Kieran McGeary (Cabhán a’Chaortainn)

13. Mark Bradley (Coill an Chlochair)
14. Sean Cavanagh (An Mhaigh, capt)
15. Matthew Donnelly (Trí Leac)

0 mins – Dublin 0-0 Tyrone 0-0: We’re underway in Croker!

1 min – Tyrone 0-1 Dublin 0-0: Mattie Donnelly hauled down about 20 yards from goal, and Seán Cavanagh converts the resulting free to break the deadlock.

2 mins – Dublin 0-1 Tyrone 0-1: Dean Rock responds with a gimme free for the Dubs.

4 mins – GOOOOALLLL! Dublin 1-1 Tyrone 0-1: CON O’CALLAGHAN WITH A SCREAMER! He sliced through the Tyrone defence after a turnover and slammed the ball into the left-hand corner from range. Stunning.

7 mins – Dublin 1-1 Tyrone 0-2: Wonderful, long-range score by Tiernan McCann, who currently lives and works in Dublin. A point out of nothing with not much going on around him.

8 mins – Dublin 1-2 Tyrone 0-2: Paddy Andrews swings one over from the right-hand side of the posts.

8 mins – Dublin 1-3 Tyrone 0-2: Andrews on the double as the Dubs waltz through Tyrone once more. Sumptuous score. The Dubs look ‘on’, while Tyrone are seriously struggling to get to grips with the All-Ireland champs. Bit of a mess defensively.

11 mins – Dublin 1-4 Tyrone 0-2: The Dubs score a point akin to Esteban Cambiasso’s goal for Argentina versus Serbia at the 2006 World Cup. Pass, pass, pass, pass. They must have had possession for two minutes before Ciarán Kilkenny swung it over.

13 mins – Dublin 1-4 Tyrone 0-2: Niall Morgan with the stop from close range – think it was Paddy Andrews with the shot. Dean Rock’s resulting 45 drops short into Morgan’s arms, and Tyrone make a rare foray into Dublin territory.

15 mins – Dublin 1-4 Tyrone 0-3: Peter Harte claws Tyrone back to within four with a tidy free from 35-odd yards.

15 mins – Dublin 1-5 Tyrone 0-3: Dean Rock responds immediately with another wonderful Dublin score – this one from just left of the Tyrone sticks.

18 mins – Dublin 1-6 Tyrone 0-4: Colm Cavanagh bashes Con O’Callaghan out of the way on a barnstorming run and converts the sweetest of scores. A rousing one, too. Just what Tyrone needed.

Back come Dublin and O’Callaghan puts one over himself to make amends.

20 mins – Dublin 1-7 Tyrone 0-4: Outrageous and outstanding Brian Fenton score from 50 yards. Dublin had every player bar Cluxton and Cian O’Sullivan in Tyrone territory, there, and they’re consistently manufacturing space.

22 mins – Dublin 1-7 Tyrone 0-4: James McCarthy, John Small and Niall Scully all on yellows now for the Dubs.

23 mins – Dublin 1-8 Tyrone 0-4: Con O’Callaghan is taking the Mickey. Another wonderful point. Dublin are on a different level, here.

27 mins – Dublin 1-8 Tyrone 0-4: Dublin fans now greeting each completed pass with an ‘Olé’.

28 mins – Dublin 1-8 Tyrone 0-4: Colm Cavanagh – the one standout Tyrone player at the minute – makes a superb block on Con O’Callaghan, Tyrone win a free after gathering the loose ball. Maniacal fist-pumps from Cavanagh not reciprocated by team-mates.

32 mins – Dublin 1-8 Tyrone 0-4: Jim Gavin’s men working the ball from one wing to the other, and back again, all the while holding possession. It’s a warm day in the capital; possession is nine-tenths of the law. This is sapping stuff from a Tyrone perspective. Chasing shadows.

35 mins – Dublin 1-9 Tyrone 0-5: Dean Rock with an easy free after Brian Fenton is inadvertently roundhouse kicked in the midriff by Colm Cavanagh. The Tyrone man had attempted to block Fenton’s shot but scythed him. Fenton up again after treatment.

Peter Harte responds for Tyrone – their first point since the 17th minute.

HALF-TIME: Dublin 1-9 Tyrone 0-5

Exhibition stuff, this, from the Dubs. Toying with Tyrone. Quality of scores incredible. Tyrone’s blanket defence well and truly soiled.

Con O'Callaghan scores his sides opening goal Source: James Crombie/INPHO

35 mins – Dublin 1-9 Tyrone 0-6: Back underway in Croker, and Peter Harte converts a free from point-blank range. His third point.

37 mins – Dublin 1-10 Tyrone 0-6: Two quickfire wides from sub Declan McClure and Seán Cavanagh for Tyrone. Dublin come back up the other end and Paul Mannion splits the posts off his left foot while falling over under a challenge. Another cracking finish.

39 mins – Dublin 1-10 Tyrone 0-6: Good interplay from Tyrone who hold possession for a prolonged spell before Declan McClure drops his effort into Cluxton’s hands. Third opportunity of the second half gone a-begging.

40 mins – Dublin 1-11 Tyrone 0-6: Croker so quiet you can hear the players and backroom staff barking orders. Jack McCaffrey wakes the place up as he cuts in from the left and fires one over the bar.

42 mins – Dublin 1-11 Tyrone 0-7: Niall Sludden steps past Cian O’Sullivan and fires over a lovely score off his left. Tyrone cough up possession from the resulting kick-out as Peter Harte drops a long pass into Johnny Cooper’s paws.

45 mins – Dublin 1-11 Tyrone 0-7: Two changes for the Dubs: Kevin McManamon on for Paddy Andrews, Paul Flynn on for Niall Scully.

48 mins – Dublin 1-11 Tyrone 0-7: McManamon RATTLES the bar after an Eoin Mulligan-like run at the heart of the Tyrone defence. Beautiful sidesteps and a scorching effort.

50 mins – Dublin 1-12 Tyrone 0-7: Ronan O’Neill on for Mark Bradley for Tyrone. Dean Rock lobs over a free for the Dubs.

51 mins – Dublin 1-12 Tyrone 0-7: Jack McCaffrey bears down on goal and blows the ball in the direction of Coolock. Well, well wide. Almost impressively so, from there.

54 mins – Dublin 1-13 Tyrone 0-7: Con O’Callaghan hauled down and Rock converts an easy score from the free.

55 mins – Dublin 1-13 Tyrone 0-8: Seán Cavanagh off to a nice reception from both sets of fans. Likely the last time we’ll see him at Croke Park in Tyrone colours. Farewell to a legend.

Peter Harte converts another free.

57 mins – Dublin 1-13 Tyrone 0-9: Excellent score from Colm Cavanagh.

O’Gara, Brogan and MDMA warming up for the Dubs. Still no sign of this fella.

Diarmuid Connolly looks on as the team parade Source: James Crombie/INPHO

57 mins – Dublin 1-13 Tyrone 0-10: Nice finish from Sludden from an acute angle. Three in a row for Tyrone. Six between the sides. Dublin chilling out a bit, now, perhaps unwisely.

59 mins – Dublin 1-14 Tyrone 0-10: Beautiful, dinked reverse pass from McManamon to Flynn, who launches one from downtown, bisects the posts. Great score.

62 mins – Dublin 1-14 Tyrone 0-11: Third time lucky for Declan McClure as he points from all of 45 yards. Great score, but has the feel of a consolation, even with eight remaining.

64 mins – Dublin 1-15 Tyrone 0-11: Hilarious! Eric Lowndes, wearing 12, gets a massive cheer as he’s introduced. Fine player in his own right, of course, but the Dublin supporters think he’s Diarmuid Connolly!

Connolly then flashes up on the screen to more cheers from the Dubs. Point by Flynn in the meantime to extend Dublin’s lead to seven.

67 mins – GOOOOOAL! Dublin 2-15 Tyrone 0-11: Unselfish by sub Darren Daly; puts it on a platter for O’Gara who palms it in past Morgan. This is a bad, bad beating for Tyrone.

And Diarmuid Connolly is going to come in.

O’Gara points! 2-16 to 0-11.

69 mins – Dublin 2-16 Tyrone 0-11: Diarmuid Connolly (the real one) on to a rapturous reception.

69 mins – Dublin 2-16 Tyrone 0-11: Penalty Tyrone!

70 mins – Dublin 2-16 Tyrone 0-11: SAVED BY CLUXTON! Poor penalty by Peter Harte, who blasted it down the middle.

72 mins – Dublin 2-16 Tyrone 0-11: Dublin fans show their support for Eric Lowndes

Dublin fans on Hill 16 Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

73 mins – Dublin 2-17 Tyrone 0-11: Four minutes of stoppage time, by the way. One remaining. Flynn scores his third point.

FULL-TIME – Dublin 2-17 Tyrone 0-11

It’s Dublin versus Mayo in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final.

Seán Cavanagh in tears in the stands, stood with his children. Shaking hands with fans who wish him well. One of them is Brian Dooher. Poignant moment.

Cavanagh strolls back down to pitch-level where the Dublin players embrace him one by one.

That’s it from us, folks. Keep an eye on in the coming hours for more reaction and analysis.


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