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"Dublin are vulnerable at stages" - Alan Brogan analyses Tyrone's best chance of winning


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Alan Brogan knows a thing or two about winning an All Ireland Championship, having done so with Dublin.

His former team-mates are now aiming for a four-in-row against Tyrone and are heavily favoured to emerge victorious at Croke Park on Sunday.

But what's the best way for Tyrone to topple the Dubs? While Brogan will want Dublin to beat Tyrone, he did look at the case for Tyrone to win.  

"It's difficult to see past Dublin, if I'm being honest," he said.

"But in saying that, Tyrone are the one team - they've been coming for a couple of years - and I'd thought they'd be here before now.

"Mickey Harte, in fairness to him, has finally got them back to an All Ireland final and they have some lovely footballers, no doubt about it.

"I think their performance last year in the All Ireland semi final would've stung the whole county and they're obviously a better football team than what they showed last year. I think Mickey's looked at how he set them up last year and I think he decided now that maybe that's not the way to beat Dublin and he's looked to be a lot more offensive this year.

Pictured today (L-R) Double bronze medallist at the Para Athletic European Championship, Orla Comerford, Irish international rugby player, Dan Leavy and All-Ireland winning footballer, Alan Brogan ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

"They've still got a solid defensive structure but they're scoring a lot more. They've got 16 goals in the Championship this season. I think if they are to compete with Dublin, they need to go after the game a little bit. They can't go gung-ho against Dublin and if they leave gaps at the back, they will exploit them.

"They need to keep some sort of shape up front and be able to kick the ball when you want to. And if they don't have it, they had Mark Bradley up front on his own last year and he was just fighting a losing battle up there."

Brogan feels Tyrone need to "isolate a few of the Dublin backs and make them a little bit uncomfortable".

He also added that they'll more than likely have to try and get after the Stephen Cluxton kickout.

"Dublin are vulnerable at stages and there's no doubt about it and it's an All Ireland final and Tyrone are the one county, probably along with Kerry, that have the self-belief that they always have a chance," said Brogan, who also that high balls in have caused Dublin some "trouble" earlier in the Championship.

"We could be clutching at straws a little bit but maybe Dublin are susceptible a little bit to a big man in there and a long, diagonal ball."

Irish international rugby player, Dan Leavy, All-Ireland winning footballer, Alan Brogan, and double bronze medallist at the Para Athletic European Championship, Orla Comerford, are pictured today at the launch of the second Family SportFest. Family SportFest provides an opportunity for both adults and children to trial the world-class facilities at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus and sample up to 30 different sports that will be showcased throughout the day, alongside well-known faces from Irish sport.

Family SportFest is being held at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus on Sunday, 30th September 2018. Tickets are priced at €10 for a family ticket (two adults & up to three children), €5 per adult and €3 per child. For more information on the Family SportFest log on to: www.nationalsportscampus.ie/familysportfest.


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