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Do You Agree With Sean Cavanagh's Claim About Tyrone 2005 vs Dublin 2017?

Do You Agree With Sean Cavanagh's Claim About Tyrone 2005 vs Dublin 2017?
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

Winning three All-Ireland titles in a row, Dublin have thus far shown no signs of the fatigue one may occasionally associate with sustained success.

Such is the depth of talent available to Jim Gavin's side, one gets the impression that no individual remains absolutely certain that their place in his plans is secure.

Looking likely to match Kerry's astounding four-in-a-row between 1978 and 1981, finding teams that can reasonably hope to overcome Dublin is becoming harder and harder.

One player who has had a recent attempt at trying to topple the champions is former Tyrone man Sean Cavanagh. An All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin signalling Cavanagh's swansong to an inter-county career that yielded three All-Ireland wins.

In 2003, 2005 and 2008, Tyrone overcame Armagh and Kerry (twice) in three tight, but convincing All-Ireland finals.

Of that middle team, the 2005 champions, Cavanagh believes there was a side that could have rattled the Dublin side of today:

It'd be an interesting one, that one.

I believe the best Tyrone team we had was 2005. I think when you look back at the individuals we had and the age profile at that stage, I think that team would take an awful lot of stopping.

True enough, with players like Peter Canavan, Brian Dooher, Owen Mulligan, Ryan McMenamin etc in tow, they would have been hard stopped.

Having overcome Dublin, Armagh and Kerry in the final series of that All-Ireland, Cavanagh is aware of the character they had in abundance:


Armagh were probably not far from their pomp at that stage as well and those games we had with them were incredibly intense, physical games.

You'd need a good referee that day!

Having performed poorly in their first outing post-Cavanagh, Mickey Harte's side welcome Dublin to Omagh this weekend for the second round of league matches.


Cavanagh however will not be in attendance; club commitments mean that the Moy man has an All-Ireland Intermediate final to play in Croke Park.

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