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'Dreary' Dublin Leave Viewers Jaded With Possession-Hungry Style

'Dreary' Dublin Leave Viewers Jaded With Possession-Hungry Style
By Arthur James O'Dea
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There was not a tremendous number sea of blue in Croke Park for today's curtain-raiser of the Super 8 series; although in hindsight, some Dublin fans may have wished they popped in for a look.

While it scarcely made for a competitive game, Tyrone clocked up an impressive 4-24 to Roscommon's 2-12. The afternoon's second game was scarcely as one-sided; Donegal falling to a 2-15 to 0-16 defeat against the All-Ireland champions.

However, in attacking to the very end, Tyrone were at lest capable of tacking on some impressive scores.

What has soured the impression of many viewers more concerned with Dublin's clash against Donegal is the possession-based style Jim Gavin's men employed for the last 10 or so minutes of the tie.


Still theoretically within reach of Dublin, Donegal were forced into chasing players who never looked likely to drop a ball. As Joe Brolly remarked afterward; 'It was like dogs chasing airplanes.' The post-match possession stats certainly bore this sight out.

Frustrating for the viewer, it was extremely effective for the leading team. However, some are less than impressed.

The implementation of this style - despite the relatively small scoring distance between both sides - took its tool on the atmosphere also.


Although others believe the onus ought to have been on Donegal if this was how Dublin chose to operate.

Next week, Dublin will take on Tyrone, while Donegal and Roscommon will both know that a win is vitally important if either side has designs on a semi-final spot.

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