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The biggest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for the introduction of Diarmuid Connolly in the last minute of normal time and the fans on Hill 16 had even more to celebrate when Stephen Cluxton saved a Peter Harte penalty in injury time.Dublin had 12 points to spare at the final whistle but even that margin didn't fully reflect their dominance.Dublin remain on course for a historic hat-trick of All-Ireland titles after demolishing the challenge of Ulster champions Tyrone in the second All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park before a sell-out attendance of over 82,000.

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They surrendered possession far too cheaply as Dublin started to run their bench with the introduction of Paul Flynn and Kevin Mc Manamon, with latter driving a brilliant effort off the crossbar in the 45th minute.

Jack Mc Caffrey missed an even better chance of a goal seven minutes later as Dublin split open the Tyrone defence once again.

Subs: P Flynn (0-3) for Scully 45m; K Mc Manamon for Andrews 45m, D Daly for Small 52m, E O'Gara (1-1) for D Rock 63m, E Lowdnes for Mannion 66m, D Connolly for O'Callaghan 71m.

Tyrone: N Morgan; A Mc Crory, R Mc Namee, C Mc Carron; T Mc Cann (0-1), P Hampsey, P Harte (0-4, 3f) C Cavanagh (0-2), C Mc Cann; D Mulgrew, N Sludden (0-2), K Mc Geary; M Bradley, S Cavanagh (0-1,1f), M Donnelly.

But as has been the case all summer it's Dublin's All-Ireland to lose. Dublin opted not to start Diarmuid Connolly; instead Niall Scully replaced Eric Lowndes.

Tyrone became the latest in a long line of pretenders stretching back nearly three seasons who have come up short against Jim Gavin's team in championship football. It mattered little, however, as the defending title holders systematically dismantled Tyrone in a manner which was scarcely believable.Twenty-year-old Con O'Callaghan was the star, hitting 1-2 despite the efforts initially of Padraig Hampsey and later Ronan Mc Namee.The movement, work-rate and shot selection of the entire unit was exemplary as they tore Tyrone's blanket defence to shreds.Tyrone's game-plan unravelled as early as the fifth minute when Niall Sludden was stripped of possession as the whole team went on the offensive leaving huge gaps behind them. The ball was spun to Con O'Callaghan who drove forward and comfortably rounded Colm Cavanagh and blasted an unstoppable stop past Niall Morgan.It was only the second goal that Tyrone had conceded this season but already their game-plan was in tatters.It was Tyrone's worst performance and worst result at Croke Park in championship football since going down to Dublin in the 2011 All-Ireland quarter final – a win which launched them into a different orbit.

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