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Old times: Dublin’s Ger Brennan and James McCarthy get to grips with Brian McGuigan of Tyrone in the 2011 quarter-final

Old times: Dublin’s Ger Brennan and James McCarthy get to grips with Brian McGuigan of Tyrone in the 2011 quarter-final

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Paul Flynn and Donegal’s Kevin Cassidy in the semi

Paul Flynn and Donegal’s Kevin Cassidy in the semi

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Old times: Dublin’s Ger Brennan and James McCarthy get to grips with Brian McGuigan of Tyrone in the 2011 quarter-final

The summer of 2011 was unfolding as normal for Tyrone.

They were hit with a Dermot Molloy sucker-punch goal in Clones in falling to Donegal in the Ulster semi-final, but were briskly making their way to the closing stages of the All-Ireland Championship.

They held Armagh at arm's length in a round three qualifier, polished off Roscommon in quick time and then the draw produced exactly what they wanted - Dublin.


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