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The Unimpressed Reaction To A Soporific Evening At Croke Park

The Unimpressed Reaction To A Soporific Evening At Croke Park
By PJ Browne Updated
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Tyrone and Dublin both strolled into the All-Ireland semi-finals unopposed at Croke Park on Saturday evening.

There was some expectation of an enthralling double header at GAA headquarters but neither Monaghan or Armagh were able to offer any real opposition. Those who had purchased a match programme were probably glad to have it and surely read it cover to cover, twice - there was little action on the pitch to sustain attention.

In the opening game, Tyrone put 3-17 past Armagh, an 18-point win for Mickey Harte's side. It was a thoroughly disappointing performance from Kieran McGeeney's men.

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In the 6pm throw-in, Monaghan also disappointed, especially considering how close they ran Dublin in the league this year. In a game which was over far before the final whistle, Dublin hit 1-19 to Monaghan's 0-12.

The games left many wondering about how competitive next year's new Super 8s format will actually be.

The atmosphere at Croke Park would have led one to believe they had handed out sleeping tablets at the turnstiles.

The deficit of credible opposition from both Monaghan and Armagh disappointed many.

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