GAA | Dublin win fourth successive All-Ireland title

GAA | Dublin win fourth successive All-Ireland title
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Dublin have won their fourth consecutive All-Ireland title.

The Dubs survived an early scare to beat Tyrone comprehensively by 2-17 to 1-14 in Croke Park to retain their crown.

First half goals from Paul Mannion (penalty) and Niall Scully gave Jim Gavin’s men a 2-07 to 0-06 lead at the break.

John Small was sent off late on for the second year in a row, but Peter Harte’s well-taken penalty proved to be a mere consolation for the Red Hand.

Dean Rock opened the scoring with a third minute free, with both sides guilty of some poor shooting in the opening period.

Jack McCaffrey then ran the length of the pitch – after exchanging several one-twos on the way – but his chipped shot dropped into the hands of Niall Morgan.

Tyrone registered three wides in the opening five minutes, and Dean Rock missed the chance to extend Dublin’s lead with his second free.

Peter Harte tapped over a free to get Tyrone on the scoreboard after seven minutes, and the Red Hand then enjoyed their best period in the game.

Mark Bradley and Tiernan McCann both registered scores before Rock missed another free.

Conor McAliskey then notched two successive points to give Mickey Harte’s men a four point lead (05 to 0-1).

The Ulster county were forcing errors from Dublin’s kickouts, and winning most of the breaks around the middle.
Dublin also lost Cian O’Sullivan to injury, and the influential defender was replaced by Michael Fitzsimons.

However, the Leinster champions drew level from the penalty spot in the 21st minute.

Paul Mannion was fouled inside the area, and the Dublin forward dusted himself down to dispatch an excellent penalty past Niall Morgan.

Dean Rock then split the posts to restore Dublin’s lead after a poor kickout from Morgan, and Dublin never looked back.

Rock and Cathal McShane then traded points before Jack McCaffrey burst forward to get on the scoresheet.
Dublin were in the ascendancy, and scored their second goal in the 28th minute.

Con O’Callaghan did brilliantly to pick out Scully with a hand pass, and the forward palmed the ball into the empty net from close range.

Dean Rock’s next two points put Dublin seven clear, while Tyrone registered nine wides from 13 attempts.

Peter Harte and Colm Cavanagh were perhaps both lucky to escape punishment after the former appeared to strike

John Small in the face, and Cavanagh hauled O’Callaghan down cynically in his own half.

After a rocky period earlier in the half, Dublin entered the break with a 2-07 to 0-6 lead.

McAliskey and Kieran McGeary grabbed the first two scores of the second half for Tyrone, but Dublin hit back through Brian Fenton and Brian Howard.

Substitute Lee Brennan reduced the deficit with a free before Mark Bradley scored a fine point.

McGeary was then shown a black card for blocking off Brian Fenton, before the excellent Mannion and McShane traded points.

Fenton and Rock added to the Dubs’ tally, before the two counties swapped points once again.

Philly McMahon fouled Colm Cavanagh – who struggled to produce his best form – in the square in the 67th minute, and Peter Harte found the bottom corner with a brilliant penalty.

There were seven minute of additional time, and Tyrone gathered fleeting momentum after Small’s dismissal for a second yellow.

Super sub Kevin McManamon cancelled out another Brennan free, before Mattie Donelly swung over an excellent point from distance.

Ciaran Kilkenny then clipped over a point before Michael Daragh MacAuley scored the last point of the game.

The result never looked in doubt after Scully’s 28th minute goal, and Jim Gavin and his players will now have their eyes on an historic five-in-a-row.

Stephen Cluxton lifted the Sam Maguire Cup yet again, and is one of a new group of players (Bernard Brogan, Philly McMahon, Cian O’Sullivan, James McCarthy, Michael Darragh Macauley, Kevin McManamon, Michael Fitzsimons, Paul Flynn, and Eoghan O’Gara) to become the first Dublin players in history to win six All-Ireland medals.

In the minor final, Kerry produced an excellent second half comeback to win their fifth consecutive title.

The Kingdom are the first male team in GAA history (at any grade) to achieve the feat, and ran out as 0-21 to 1-14 winners over Galway in the decider.

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