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Dominant Dublin have set us all a new benchmark: Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh

By Declan Bogue

Published 26/04/2016

Silver lining: Dublin ace Stephen Cluxton lifts the Division One title
Silver lining: Dublin ace Stephen Cluxton lifts the Division One title

Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh believes he has never seen a team as well-equipped as the current Dublin side, and admits he is not sure "where Tyrone are at" having spent some time in Division Two.

The Dubs won their fourth straight Division One title at the weekend and, speaking at the launch of the Under-21 final yesterday, Cavanagh said: "I've been playing Gaelic football for a long time but I haven't seen that sort of dominance for such a sustained period.

"In reality, they could have had Donegal beaten in the first 10-15 minutes of that (2014) semi-final and that's the only game they've let themselves down in over the past three years.

"It's scary how dominant they've been but you can do nothing but give credit to Jim Gavin and what he's been able to do with that group of players. He's put together a strong and powerful running team."

After name-checking the likes of Paul Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly as "some of the best players I've played with and against", Cavanagh continued: "Most teams will look to three or four players but they don't seem to have that, they're just a well oiled machine and Jim Gavin has them firing on all cylinders and I just hope they have a blip somewhere."

On the Red Hands' own fortunes, he added: "I personally don't know where we are at this stage, I think we had more of an idea last year having played Dublin and we weren't all that far away from them. We got a draw, so we were thinking we were reasonably well set-up to have a go at these guys if we met them later in the Championship.

"This year is different. I'm not sure where we're at and that's a dangerous enough place to be. We could go into the Championship with a sense of belief and then all of a sudden get knocked back so it's something we have to be very careful about .

"First things first it's Celtic Park on May 22 (against Derry) and if we can progress our way through the Ulster Championship then well and good."

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