Dublin’s Road to the Final

A look back on the journey of Dublin’s road to the final, as new manager Jim Gavin re-ignited the Dubs with a number of new young stars, as well as keeping the faith in the old-reliables.

Leinster quarter-final:Dublin 1-22 Westmeath -0-09
18 June

Dublin totally outclassed Westmeath in their opener with Bernard Brogan and Paddy Andrews impressing in the 18 point win.

However, it could have been more convincing if Diarmuid Connolly scored any of his three goal scoring chances. Their goal scoring chances would be one of the talking points for Dublin over the summer, with more probably spurned than scored.

Paul Mannion, Jack McCaffrey and Jonny Cooper made their All-Ireland senior debuts as Jim Gavin began to introduce a whole new range of young talent into the Dubs panel.

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Leinster semi- final: Dublin 4-16 Kildare 1-09
30 June

After being five points down inside the first few minutes, it looked like it was going to be a tough task for Jim Gavin’s men.

However, Dublin responded with goals from Brogan and Paul Mannion and then it was easy from there. They completely dominated the second half as they reached their eight Leinster final in nine years with a massive 16 point victory.

All around it was a brilliant team performance as they showed their dominance over Westmeath was not a one-off.

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Leinster final: Dublin 2-15 Meath 0-14  
14 July

It was another clinical performance for the Dubs, who won their 52nd Leinster title.

After another slow start, Dublin came out two points behind at the break and completely dominated the second-half outclassing the Royals.

Ciarán Kilkenny had a great performance, as did Paul Mannion  and Paul Flynn, who scored the Dubs opening goal.

Meath did put up a fight but Mannion’s 69th minute goal grabbed the win for the boys in blue with a seven-point margin.

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Quarter-final: Dublin 1-16 Cork 0-14
3 August

After sailing to the Leinster crown, Cork proved stern opposition for the Leinster Champions.

After a fine display from both teams, Dublin edged Cork by two points at the break.

Three minutes after the restart a superb goal from Jack McCaffrey proved to be the deciding factor as the Dubs grabbed a five-point victory.

It wasn’t Dublin’s finest display of the summer – with many goalscoring opportunities once against wasted – but Dublin just about deserved it.

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Semi-final: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11
1 September

Many have described this as the best game of the modern era and legendary commentator Micheal O’Muircheartaigh said it was the best game he ever saw.

The first half was dominated by Kerry and Dublin were lucky to be trailing only by a point at the interval. It was the first time Dublin conceded three goals in an All-Ireland game this year.

Dublin came back into it in the final twenty minutes but with Kerry leading by one with a minute to go, it looked like the Dubs were gone. But then Kevin McMenamon came back to haunt Kerry to put the Dubs in front.

The subs were a massive turning point in the game for Dublin, with Dean Rock also impressing when he came on. They definitely made a case to be worthy of a starting place in the final.

The drama didn’t stop there as Eoin O’Gara’s scored a third in the final seconds, as the 2011 All-Ireland champions walked out the victors with a seven point cushion.

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Extended highlights click here

Take a look back on Mayo’s road to the final.

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