Ball-watching defenders opening the door for clinical Dublin

Opposition defences are paying a huge price for being drawn to the original ball-carrier

Bernard Brogan sidefoots home a goal against Monaghan in the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Bernard Brogan sidefoots home a goal against Monaghan in the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If Monaghan supporters watching Dublin coolly construct the goals that sunk them in Clones last Sunday felt as if they had somehow seen it all before, that’s because they had.

Up 1-12 to 0-9 after 48 minutes, the home team were, until that moment, in a brilliant position to complete the coup of the season. The worst of it is that when the Monaghan squad review the film this week, they will see how avoidable both Dublin’s goals were.

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