Red Hands to renew rivalry with Dubs

One of the great rivalries to emerge during the Championship of recent years has been that between Dublin and Tyrone. Having lost to the Dubs in the 1995 Final, Tyrone got their revenge in the 2005 and 2008  Championships, knocking out the Dubs at Croke Park in each year. Alas, 2010 saw a new page turned, with the Dubs seeing off Tyrone to earn a semi-final place.

And so, in 2011, the Red Hand-Dublin rivalry is renewed, with a place against Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final up for grabs later today. Personally, my money is on Tyrone to claim Sam again this year, though that’ll require successive victories over the Dubs, Donegal and (most likely) Kerry.

  • keano10

    Really looking forward to this and I fancy The Dubs to edge it. I know they have flattered to deceive in recent years, but im not entirely convinced by Tyrone’s back-door ‘resurgence’ this year. Mickey Harte still seems a bit unsure over his preferred team selection at times.

    I have never joined local fans who dislike The Dubs. There is nothing quite like Croker when Hill 16 is packed to the rafters with The Dub Army! . The atmosphere will be absolutely electric tonight.

    Game of The Championship on paper and I expect that it will live up to all of the hype…

  • Sam Maguire

    Just about to hit the road, I’m confident that Tyrone will do it. Like most of the Tyrone fans and indeed most Nordies, I’m looking forward to the banter, atmosphere and craic with the Dubs before and during the game. We may love to hate them but they’re not a bad sort.

    Apart from the clampers. Bastards.

  • lamhdearg

    red hands v the blues, pity its not hurling then i would watch it, in my view gaelic football is shite.

  • Rory Carr

    Runaway Dublin victory.

  • keano10

    Dont want to say i told you so, but I told you so … 🙂

    Was’nt Alan Brogan terrific tonight?

  • Spud

    Dublin were on fire yesterday and played some great football given the conditions. That Tyrone team is finished and half of them will probably walk of the panel given that the half of them could’nt even run!
    We face a five year stint of rebuilding until we can challenge for Sam again.

    Micky Harte for president. David Norris for Tyrone Manager.

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Alan Brogan was terrific, as was his younger brother, but the main man was Diarmuid Connolly in full forward. Absolutely unmarkable, even the great Joe McMahon could do nothing with him.

    Still can’t see the Dubs beating Kerry though. I suppose one day they will, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

    It was poignant to see the end of the road for this great Tyrone team. Dooher, O’Neill, Mulligan, Cavanagh, McMenamin, McGinley, McGuigan: for all Tyrone’s talk of rebuilding, they won’t replace those boys any time soon.

    We, in Armagh, know all about it. We’ve been rebuilding for the last three or four years, and we’re getting further away all the time.

  • keano10

    Will be interesting to see if Mickey Harte continues at the helm for another few years. I think he should to be honest. Three All-Ireland’s is a fantastic acheievement and I cant see anyone else coming in and waving a magic wand.

  • RepublicanStones

    Gutted. But sure, we have to take the knocks to enjoy the good times. I second your motion keano. Mickey should indeed continue. One sure way to know this, is the eejits who are saying its time for him to go, when asked who they have in mind to replace him, reply with “….ummmm”.