Dublin 1-11 Tyrone 1-14
Dublin have been knocked out of the league final placings and will have to wait for summer football as Tyrone inflicted a 1-14 to 1-11 win at Croke Park on Saturday. The Red Hands still have a chance of reaching the final itself, it will all boil down to the final round of fixtures. Jim Gavin’s men lost three times in the league to date meaning they are in 5th place in division 1. Tyrone have had a good campaign and they will need to beat Galway and for Monaghan to beat Mayo to make it to the final next month.
Tyrone opened the scoring with Mattie Donnelly in the first minute. However, Dublin got a goal on 4 minutes and Tyrone fans must of thought it would be a long night. The goal came from Cormac Costello who got behind the defence to fire past Niall Morgan. Donnelly responded for Mickey Harte’s men with another point, before Peter Harte hit a free on 13 minutes. It was 0-03 to 1-00, Tyrone however lost Tiernan McCann in that period through injury. Cuala man Con O’Callaghan kicked the Dubs first point midway through the opening period, but then came a crucial goal for Tyrone on 21 minutes courtesy of Cathal McShane who slipped the ball under Stephen Cluxton in the Dublin goal. Harte kicked another free, Rock replied in return, while Mannion added another. McShane doubled the Tyrone advantage, in between Niall Morgan made a superb save from Costello denying him a second goal. Morgan and McShane kicked over frees, either side of a point from Kilkenny, Costello was subbed off due to injury a massive blow for Dublin, before Mannion kicked over a free to end the scoring.
McShane kicked the opener of the second half, Fenton responded for the reigning All-Ireland Champions. Dean Rock made it a 1 point game with a free. Richie Donnelly though stretched the gap back to two, 1-09 to 1-07. Morgan and Andrews swapped scores before Mattie Donnelly kicked his third point to restore a 3 point lead with 20 minutes left. Tyrone were dealt a blow then when Sludden was sent off picking up a black card, to go with the yellow he picked up in the first period. Richie Donnelly kicked another for Tyrone, before Harte pointed from a mark, before Ciaran Kilkenny replied, the gap was down to four.
Tyrone weren’t go to lose this Mannion kicked a consolation point but Tyrone held on.