After a moderately successful first run of the ‘Super 8s’ by the GAA, we wait eagerly in anticipation to see whether the Sam Maguire is staying put in the capital or crossing the border in this Sunday’s grand finale. The terminator-like Dub’s are in formidable form going into the last leg of the competition but with a young and courageous Tyrone side as the opposition, Dublin will have their work cut out.
The two sides have met numerous times in recent years and should know each other inside out. When the two sides last met in the league, Dublin proved the victors. However, Tyrone will take many positives from a match that was highly contested and relatively low-scoring.
jim gavin’s men will flourish on the larger pitch, banishing any omens birthed during their last encounter with Tyrone after allegations regarding ‘Pitch-Gate’
Dublin will fancy their chances at Croke, however. Jim Gavin’s men will flourish on the larger pitch, banishing any omens birthed during their last encounter with Tyrone after allegations regarding ‘Pitch-Gate’. Tyrone manager, Mickey Harte was accused of narrowing the pitch for prior the match, blaming Skysports for this who subsequently denied it, thus eliminating the wide threat of the Dubs. It could be a different story come Sunday.
Dublin may wish to adopt a more measured approach in the form of Michael Fitzsimons who possesses all the qualities required to nullify Tyrone’s danger men. Fitzsimons was introduced in the semi-final win over Galway to deal with the high balls with his fielding, positioning and reading proving invaluable to his side. This could mean that star performer, Murchan, may be used later in the game by to man-mark Tyrones liveliest players during the final third of the match.
Its hard to see past Dublin at this stage, they have been there and done that. They have a wardrobe full of the T-shirts
Dean Rock will come back in and will be a massive threat to Tyrone’s hopes. Likewise, the selection of Mark Bradley for Tyrone shows that Mickey Harte plans to have a go at Dublin. Many teams have so much respect for this current Dublin side that they are beaten before they take the field. Bradley will cause plenty of problems the Blue’s wont be used to dealing with.
Its hard to see past Dublin at this stage, they have been there and done that. They have a wardrobe full of the T-shirts. However, Tyrone’s younger guns have gained great experience this year. Colm Cavanagh is their one survivor from that last final experience and his game management could be crucial for Tyrone if they are able to match the Dubs scoring prowess.
Expect a high scoring final from these two. Dublin won’t let Tyrone strangle the game like they may want to. Tyrone will certainly create chances but we suspect that Dublin will be slightly more clinical in taking theirs.