It was almost the perfect performance from Tyrone, but, in the end, Mickey Harte’s charges left Croke Park disappointed to only take a point.
The Red Hands had stifled and frustrated a notoriously clinical Dublin attack, defending patiently and in numbers for almost the entire game.
Then, in the 69th minute, with Tyrone deservedly leading by three, Dublin pounced for an equalising goal.
Halftime substitute Eoghan O’Gara was the first to react as the ball bounced off Niall Morgan’s left hand upright, and the Templeogue/ Synge St attacker squared for Dean Rock to palm past a diving Morgan.
Morgan had the chance minutes later to win the game for Tyrone but his last gasp free kick landed wide of Stephen Cluxton’s goal.
While purists may complain about the Tyrone style of play, the system in place is one that suits the players at the disposal of the Tyrone management team, and it’s proving to be the most comfortable many of this Tyrone squad have looked in quite some time.