Goals crucial as Dublin beat Roscommon

Roscommon 1-12 Dublin 2-14

Dublin got the better of Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park on Sunday thanks to two goals from Con O’Callaghan and Dean Rock. It means Dublin will continue their defence of their National Football League crown with games against Tyrone and Cavan to come in the coming weeks.

Amid difficult underfoot conditions Jim Gavin’s men will be delighted to come away with a 5 point win. It’s their third win of the campaign to date having lost out to Monaghan and Kerry so far. Roscommon set up defensively which was always going to be Anthony Cunningham’s plan, however Dublin counteracted this plan after only 3 minutes with Niall Scully pointing. Conor Cox though has been superb for Roscommon and he kicked a nice score to level matters. Colm Basquel hit back though, before Paddy Andrews made a mark and kicked it over. Donie Smith and Ciaran Lennon had the sides level on 13 minutes with two well taken scores. Cuala man O’Callaghan slotted over a minute later though to give Jim Gavin’s men a slender lead once more. Dean Rock kicked a free then after Fenton was fouled. Dublin took a strong foothold in the game then when O’Callaghan raised a green flag when Rock claimed a long ball before finding O’Callaghan who hammered the ball past Colm Lavin. Niall Kilroy and Conor Cox pointed for the Rossies and they only trailed by that goal after 23 minutes.

Paddy Andrews and Colm Lavin traded scores, that Lavin score from a 45. Rock and O’Connor extended the Dublin lead though. Roscommon got a goal of their own against the run of play through Cathal Cregg. A long delivery from midfielder Donie Smith he got on the end of by catching it to finish past the returning Stephen Cluxton. The atmosphere was notching up and Cox decreased the gap to 1-09 to 0-07 on 34 minutes. Ronan Daly and Enda Smith scored points in added time as the scores read 1-09 each at half time. On the resumption the Rossies continued their momentum, David Murray found Cox who in turn pointed. Dublin however always looked comfortable and never panicked. Rock kicked a free on 42 minutes, before scoring a goal on 51 minutes in what was very scrappy but I am sure he won’t mind. Roscommmon had nothing going forward and were stuck in their defensive system. Darren Gavin, Niall Scully and a couple of more Rock frees ensured the Dublin win before Aonghus Lyons finished the scoring with a late point for Roscommon.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Jonny Cooper, David Byrne, Andrew McGowan; Jack McCaffrey, Cian O’Sullivan, Cian O’Connor (0-01); Brian Fenton, Darren Gavin (0-01); Niall Scully (0-02), Con O’Callaghan (1-01), Colm Basquel (0-01); Paddy Andrews (0-03, 0-01f), Dean Rock (1-05, 0-04f, 0-01 45), Cormac Costello.

Subs: Robert McDaid for McCaffrey (10), Paul Mannion for Costello (45), Brian Howard for McGowan (52), Paul Flynn for Basquel (52).

Roscommon: Colm Lavin (0-01, 0-01 45); David Murray (0-01), Conor Daly, Gary Patterson; Conor Devaney, Niall Daly, Ronan Daly (0-01); Tadgh O’Rourke, Shane Killoran; Niall Kilroy (0-01), Donie Smith (0-01), Enda Smith (0-01); Ciaran Lennon (0-01, 0-01f) , Conor Cox (0-04, 0-01f), Cathal Cregg (1-00).

Subs: Sean Mullooly for Kilroy (52), Colin Compton for E Smith (52), Aonghus Lyons (0-01) for Cregg (57), Conor Hussey for Killoran (59), Hubert Darcy for D Smith (64), Michael Darragh Macauley for Fenton (72).

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