Dublin secures a place in the Allianz League Final with a commanding win over Tyrone

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In a dominant display at Croke Park, Dublin clinched their spot in the Allianz League Final, defeating Tyrone by a considerable margin. Dublin demonstrated their class from the start, controlling the game with ease against a weakened and lethargic Tyrone side.

Dublin’s superior performance

First-half goals by Colm Basquel and Niall Scully provided the foundation for Dublin’s victory as they built up an insurmountable lead. The second half saw Dublin continue their dominance, with three quick goals extending their advantage further.

Dublin settled quickly into the game and could have taken the lead within sixteen seconds but for a brilliant save from Niall Morgan in the Tyrone goal. The hosts took the early lead through Con O’Callaghan, but Tyrone responded with a Darren McCurry free to level matters briefly.

Dublin began to assert their control as points from Killian McGinnis and Ross McGarry followed, with Kieran McGeary replying for Tyrone from a distance.

Dublin’s superiority was evident throughout the first half, with Basquel and McGinnis adding goals and Cian Murphy slotting home a third just before halftime. Dublin’s slick interplay and unselfish play caused problems for Tyrone’s defense, who struggled to contain the onslaught.

A late surge from Tyrone saw them score two points in injury time, but it was too little too late as Dublin cruised to victory.

A clear victory for Dublin

Dublin’s scoring was led by C Basquel (2-3), L O’Dell (1-2), C O’Callaghan (0-4), K McGinnis (0-3), C Murphy, N Scully (1-0 each), P Mannion (0-2), and S MacMahon (0-1).

Tyrone’s R Canavan had an impressive performance of four goals and four frees, while N Morgan gained one point, D McCurry and C McShane both managed to make a point, K McGeary added a point to the team total, and L McGarrity contributed one point along with a free.

Team line-ups

In Dublin: E Comerford, S MacMahon, D Newcombe, and E Murchan are some names. C Murphy, B Howard, T Lahiff, B Fenton, K McGinnis, N Scully, C Kilkenny, R McGarry, C Basquel, C O’Callaghan, and L O’Dell are also present.

The individuals listed are N Morgan, C Devlin, N McCarron, A Clarke, B Cullen, K McGeary, N Devlin, B Kennedy, J Oguz, A Donaghy, R Canavan, C Cush, D McCurry, C McShane, and L McGarrity, who form part of the team.

At half-time, the following substitutions occurred: McCarron was removed in favor of T Quinn, Cush made way for Donnelly, McShane was taken off to bring on Daly, McGeary was replaced with O’Donnell, and McCurry was relieved by Quinn (at 54 minutes).

Final positioning

According to the weather report, temperature levels were anticipated to reach 10 degrees, with a 20% chance of precipitation and winds predicted to be around 15 km/h.

Dublin entered the game following a successful 2023 season that culminated in their winning the All-Ireland title against Kerry. They began the league campaign with defeats to Monaghan and Mayo but have since won four consecutive games, putting them in contention for the final.

Dublin’s opponents Tyrone finished fourth in Division 1 of the previous season and were eliminated from the Ulster Championship at the quarter-final stage by Monaghan.

In this season’s league, they have shown inconsistent form, with wins against Mayo and Roscommon and losses to Derry and Galway. Dublin won the last time these sides met in the Allianz League Division 1, securing a 0-8 to 0-13 victory.

In their previous five meetings, Dublin have won three games and lost two, with a total of 15 points separating them.

The game was played at Croke Park in front of an expected crowd of over 40,000 fans. Securing a place in the Allianz League Final, Dublin triumphantly overcame Tyrone and now stands prepared to defend their cherished title against Derry.

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