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Ex-Dubs duo wary of Tyrone

Former Dubs duo Shane Ryan and Ciaran Whelan wary of Tyrone.

DUBLIN’S former midfield partnership of Ciaran Whelan and Shane Ryan have expressed their fears that Tyrone could end their county’s championship unbeaten run in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final.
 
Since their defeat to Donegal at the same stage in 2014, Jim Gavin’s men haven’t lost in 18 games, a run that includes replay victories over Mayo in 2015 and ‘16.
 
The pair, who lost quarter-finals to the Red Hands in 2005 and ‘08, are fearful though that Mickey Harte’s side could be the ones to end Dublin’s recent domination.
 
“I think it’s Dublin’s biggest challenge since maybe the Donegal game,” said Whelan, a pundit with The Sunday Game.
 
“We know that Dublin like to play attacking football and we know that the Tyrone system play is very rigid, very difficult to break down and they suffocate teams to a certain degree and play with great adventure on the counter-attack.
 
“Tyrone have probably looked at the 2014 model that Donegal implemented and I think it’s going to be quite a severe test for Dublin.
 
“It’s going to take Dublin out of their comfort zone, they’re not going to be able to do the usual things they like to do.
 
“The thing about the Tyrone game-plan is that they will dictate the terms of the game and Dublin will have to follow.”

Ryan, meanwhile, echoed his former teammate’s belief that this will be a match that the Ulster champions will be relishing.

“I’d be expecting a really close game,” said the ‘08 All-star.
 
“Tyrone are coming in with serious form behind them and I don’t think there’s a team better placed to beat Dublin this year than they are.
 
“Tyrone would always be a team that can go out and beat anyone on any given day.”

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