DUBLIN have accumulated 12-82 in five games en route to Sunday’s All-Ireland decider against Tipperary, with Paul Winters from St Brigid’s leading the charge with 3-32, of which 3-7 has come from open play.
Their four goals against Clare in the semi-final proved crucial in their advancement with Oisín O’Rorke’s brace pushing the Kilmacud Crokes player into second spot.
The Dubs’ defence has been sound, despite the concession of 2-17 to the Banner, with only a solitary goal conceded from open play over the course of the championship a testimony to their defensive frugality.
Only 3-66 has been given up by Dublin in their games against Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford (Leinster Final) and Clare at an average of 15 points a game.
Tipperary’s scoring average is slightly more impressive than that of Dublin, with a massive 11-78 accrued in just four successive wins over Kerry, Waterford, Clare and Galway with only 2-49 conceded.
Midfielder John McGrath is the Premier County’s top scorer with an imposing personal tally of 1-25 while Mark McCarthy and Stephen Cahill’s attacking prowess reflects the potential evident in their forward unit.
P Winters 3-32 (0-22f, 0-3 ’65’), O O’Rorke 4-4 C Boland 2-9, C Costello 0-8, C McHugh 0-7, C Cronin 1-3, J Roche 0-6, S Treacy 1-2, C Conway 1-0, AJ Murphy 0-3, E Ó Conghaile 0-3, S McClelland (1f) 0-3, K O’Flynn 0-1, D Gormley 0-1.
J McGrath 1-25 (0-6f, 1-1pen, 0-3 ’65’, 0-1 sideline), M McCarthy 4-11 (0-6f, 0-1 sideline), S Cahill 2-13 (0-1 sideline), K Slattery 1-4 (2f), S Ryan 1-3, T Gallagher 1-3, B Maher 1-2, J Shelly 0-5 (1f), S O’Brien 0-4, B Heffernan 0-2, S Maher 0-2, D Fitzelle 0-1, J Loughnane 0-1, C Lanigan 0-1, T Fox 0-1.
– Ronan Mac Lochlainn – Evening Herald