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Published: 09:47 | 26/4/16

Cavanagh: Dublin are scary


Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh is in awe of Jim Gavin's Dublin but is worried about their continued dominance.

Dublin recorded an 11-point win over Kerry in Sunday's Division 1 final to become the first team in over 40 years to win four Allianz Football League titles in a row and will now turn their attention to defending their All-Ireland crown.

Cavanagh is no stranger to success - he has three All-Ireland medals and was named Footballer of the Year in 2008 - but having watched Dublin see off the challenge of Kerry the Tyrone player rates them as one of the greatest sides he has come across.

“I’ve been playing Gaelic football a long time but to have that sort of dominance for a sustained period....like, in reality they could have had Donegal beaten in the first 10 or 15 minutes of that (2014 All-Ireland) semi-final and that’s the only game they’ve let themselves down in the past three years," Cavanagh is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

“Even in that game, they had a few chances to whitewash Donegal and they probably would have gone on to win the final as well.

“It’s scary how dominant they’ve been over the last three years but you can do nothing else but sit back and credit Jim Gavin and what he’s been able to do with that group of players, to put together such a strong and powerful running team.

“They do flood numbers back too. I saw Bernard Brogan defending as much as Jonny Cooper against Kerry but at the same time they have the power and the pace and the strength to blow teams away at the other end and you see the Kerry lads out on their feet after 50, 55 minutes, and that’s where games are won and that’s where Dublin are experts at wearing teams down.

“So you’ve got to give them credit because I haven’t seen a team since I’ve been involved in football that has been so dominant.”

He added: "You’re looking around at some of their personnel and even the likes of Paul Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly, who are some of the best players I’ve played against, they had average enough seasons last year. Still Dublin whitewashed every team so you’re thinking they can afford to have off days and off seasons but they’re still grinding out serious results and that’s a big thing for a team to be able to say."


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