Dublin and Tyrone were familiar opponents last year as they played on three occasions - once early in the League and then twice in the Championship.
Jim Gavin's Dublin prevailed in those three games that the counties collided last year - in the League in February at Healy Park, Omagh, then during the group stages of the All-Ireland quarter-finals, again in Omagh, and then in the All-Ireland SFC final itself in Croke Park. Here we look back on those three duels.
2018 FL DIVISION 1 ROUND 2
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3: Healy Park, Omagh
DUBLIN 2-13 TYRONE 1-11
It was two wins from two starts for the Dublin senior footballers as they overcame Tyrone by five points in Healy Park, Omagh in front of a crowd of 9,465.
The Dubs played almost the last half hour, including added time, with 14 men after Niall Scully had been dismissed for a second yellow card in the 48th minute.
Like in the previous round against Kildare Jim Gavin's men responded well to the early concession of a goal as Cathal McShane's 1-1 in the opening minutes had Tyrone four points clear inside five minutes.
However, as the half progressed Dublin began to find the feet when playing into a strong wind and by the break were 1-7 to 1-5 in arrears with Ciarán Kilkenny grabbing Dublin's goal in the 23rd minute.
“I think just how this Dublin team responds to that – they just roll up their sleeves and get on with it,” said manager Jim Gavin.
SCORERS – Dublin: C Kilkenny 1-2, D Rock 0-4 (0-3f), C Basquel 0-3 (0-1f), E O’Gara 1-0, K McManamon 0-2, J McCarthy, B Fenton 0-1 each. Tyrone: L Brennan 0-6 (0-3f), C McAliskey 0-2, C McShane 1-1, N Sludden, P Harte 0-1 each.
DUBLIN: S Cluxton; P McMahon, M Fitzsimons, D Daly; J McCarthy, J Cooper, J Small; B Fenton, MD Macauley; N Scully, C Kilkenny, B Howard; K McManamon, P Mannion, D Rock. Subs: D Byrne for Small (46), P Andrews for McManamon (50), C Basquel for Mannion (61), E O’Gara for Rock (65), S Carthy for McCarthy (68), E Lowndes for Fenton (69).
TYRONE: N Morgan; P Hampsey, C McCarron, HP MGeary; T McCann, A McCrory, C McLaughlin; D McClure, C McShane; M Donnelly, N Sludden, R Donnelly; C McAliskey, L Brennan, P Harte. Subs: M McKernan for HP McGeary (22), R McNamee for McCrory (ht), C McCann for McClure (49), R McNabb for McLaughlin (55), F Burns for R Donnelly (55), M Bradley for T McCann (63).
REF: M Deegan (Laois).
2018 ALL-IRELAND SFC QUARTER-FINAL GROUP 2 PHASE 2
SATURDAY, JULY 21: Healy Park, Omagh
DUBLIN 1-14 TYRONE 0-14
Dublin booked their place in the All-Ireland semi-final with this very hard-earned All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Group 2 Phase 2 clash in Healy Park, Omagh.
It was a frenetic, physical contest from start to finish. A thundering early shoulder on Cian O'Sullivan set the tone for the physical stakes and as a contest it did not disappoint with some excellent defending and scoring by both counties.
Such was the intensity both sides made uncharacteristic mistakes also and Dublin will come away knowing the execution at times let them down, particularly in the hand-passing department as on several occasions they lost the ball in attack and Tyrone countered very effectively to punish them.
Dublin led 0-7 to 0-5 at the half-time interval. The crucial goal game five minutes into the second-half when James McCarthy made a surging run to link up with his midfield partner Brian Fenton. His initial shot was saved by Niall Morgan but the Ballymun Kickhams man reacted brilliantly to fist the rebound to the net.
At one stage of the second half Dublin pushed the lead out to six points but Tyrone came at Dublin in swarms late on and reduced the deficit to just two points and they also missed a pressure free (Ronan O'Neill) before the Dubs broke forward for sub Paul Flynn to settle the nerves with a point.
Dublin held strong in the face of much late Tyrone pressure with Jonny Cooper crucially in particular emerging in possession on a number of occasions.
"Tonight was all about coming up to Omagh and getting a result," said Dublin manager Jim Gavin.
SCORERS - Dublin: D Rock 0-6 (0-4f), J McCarthy 1-0, C Kilkenny 0-2, B Howard, P McMahon, K McManamon, J Small, J McCaffrey, P Flynn 0-1 each. Tyrone: P Harte 0-3 (0-2f), C McAliskey (0-1 '45'), C McShane, K McGeary 0-2 each, M Bradley, F Burns, M McKernan, T McCann, H Loughran 0-1 each.
DUBLIN: S Cluxton; J Cooper, P McMahon, E Murchan; J Small, C O’Sullivan, J McCaffrey; J McCarthy, B Fenton; N Scully, C O’Callaghan, B Howard; P Mannion, D Rock, C Kilkenny. Subs: C Costello for Mannion (46), K McManamon for Scully (51), M Fitzsimons for McMahon (58), P Flynn for Howard (60), D Daly for Small (65), MD Macauley for McCarthy (68),
TYRONE: N Morgan; M McKernan, R McNamee, HP McGeary; T McCann, M Donnelly, F Burns; C Cavanagh, P Hampsey; N Sludden, P Harte, C Meyler; C McShane, R Donnelly, C McAlliskey Subs: R Brennan for McNamee (34), M Bradley for McAlliskey (52), K McGeary for Burns (53), D McClure for Cavanagh (60), H Loughran for Meyler (65), R O’Neill for Sludden (71).
REF: D Coldrick (Meath).
2018 ALL-IRELAND SFC FINAL
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2: Croke Park
DUBLIN 2-17 TYRONE 1-14
Dublin made history when they secured a four in-a-row of All-Ireland SFC titles for a team from the capital for the first time in last September's All-Ireland final victory over Tyrone in Croke Park.
The Dubs made a slow start with Tyrone dictating matters in the opening quarter to lead 0-5 to 0-1 inside 16 minutes but then a switch was clicked as Dublin hit a scoring surge to go in at the interval seven points to the good (2-7 to 0-6).
This purple patch was the most crucial part of the game for the Dubs starting with a great kickout from Stephen Cluxton inviting the jet-heeled Jack McCaffrey to accelerate up the Cusack Stand side for the highly influential Ciaran Kilkenny to ignite Dublin with a fine point.
The Dubs landed two hammer blows before the break via goals from Paul Mannion from the penalty spot - expertly dispatched after the Kilmacud Crokes man was fouled himself - and a Niall Scully goal, arriving with impeccable timing, following great work by Con O'Callaghan.
Dublin held Tyrone at arm's length in the second half while keeping the scoreboard moving but had to suffer some late drama when Colm Cavanagh was fouled and Peter Harte fired his spot-kick past Stephen Cluxton.
But there was to be no stopping the Dubs courtesy of their scoring blitz leading into the half-time interval with subs Kevin McManamon and Michael Darragh Macauley getting scores off the bench while the stellar Ciarán Kilkenny also fired over a late point after a lung-bursting run to get himself beyond the ball as a target.
SCORERS - Dublin: D Rock 0-7 (0-3f, 0-1 '45'), P Mannion 1-1 (1-0 pen), C Kilkenny 0-3, N Scullly 1-0, B Fenton 0-2, J McCaffrey, B Howard, K McManamon, MD Macauley 0-1 each. Tyrone: P Harte 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), C McAliskey (0-2f), L Brennan (0-3f) 0-3 each, C McShane, M Bradley 0-2 each, T McCann, P Hampsey, K McGeary 0-1 each
DUBLIN: S Cluxton; P McMahon, C O'Sullivan, J Cooper; J Small, E Murchan, J McCaffrey; B Fenton, J McCarthy; N Scully, C O'Callaghan, B Howard; P Mannion, C Kilkenny, D Rock. Subs: M Fitzsimons for O'Sullivan (26, inj), C Costello for Scully (50), K McManamon for Mannion (58), D Daly for Murchan (58, inj), E Lowndes for Cooper (64), MD Macauley for Rock (66).
TYRONE: N Morgan: R McNamee, T McCann, P Hampsey; M Donnelly, M McKiernan, R Brennan; C Cavanagh, C McShane; K McGeary, C Meyler, M Bradley, P Harte, C McAliskey. Subs: L Brennan for Meyler (39), F Burns for Sludden (46), R Donnelly for McAliskey (48), H Loughran for McGeary (48, bc) D McClure for McShane (55), R O'Neill for Bradley (63).
REF: C Lane (Cork).