We didn’t have long to wait this afternoon to find out who our opponents will be in this year’s All-Ireland final. Five minutes into what turned into a truly forgettable semi-final Con O’Callaghan blasted the ball to the net and Tyrone were goosed.
Mickey Harte’s team were worse than awful today. No ambition, no attacking plan, no match at all for Dublin.
The All-Ireland champions were never tested today and won a match that was played in the main at little more than walking pace. When you think back to some of the shuddering hits flying round at Croke Park yesterday, today’s match certainly provided very poor entertainment for the full house at HQ.
Dublin were impressive in dismantling Tyrone’s challenge so quickly and painlessly. They were out the gate with no more than ten minutes played, rendering the rest of the match no more than a training exercise.
All of which means that Dublin have reached the final without encountering a meaningful challenge all summer. That’s not their fault, of course, but it is the reality.
Will that bother them facing into our guys who have been in the wars all summer? They can certainly expect us to ask far harder questions of them than they’ve faced to date in this year’s championship. Given Dublin’s stroll to the decider, however, that wouldn’t be difficult.
For us, a final meeting with Dublin – now just one match away from completing a three-in-a-row All-Ireland triumphs – surely represents the ultimate test. It truly will be an All-Ireland success to remember if we do it.
While we’ve always given as good as we’ve got against them, the record books don’t make pretty reading from our perspective. In three weeks time we get another opportunity to redress this balance, as we shoot once more for glory.