Dublin Secure Place In All Ireland Semi Finals For The Tenth Year In A Row

Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley who scored a goal against Roscommon as Dublin secured their place in the All Ireland Semi Finals.


Dublin 2-26

Roscommon 0-14


Defending champions Dublin dismantled Roscommon in a devastating first half display to secure their place in the All Ireland semi finals.

By the end of the first half Dublin led by eleven points, Roscommon were reduced to 14 players and it was game over and the only thing in doubt was what the winning margin would be.

Dublin weren’t as fluid or as devastating in the second half, but that was to be expected as Jim Gavin emptied his bench and the intensity levels dropped.

One worry though for Dublin and Jim Gavin for the second week in a row was how direct running from the opposition through the centre of the Dublin defence led to a number of goal chances.

Gavin though has a couple of weeks in which to tweak his defense ahead of both the Phase 3 game against Tyrone and the All Ireland semi final.

Two of the standout players in tonight’s game for the Dubs were Con O’Callaghan who won the player of the match award and Brian Howard who just gets better with each passing game.

Roscommon won the throw-in and immediately went on the attack and Colin Compton swung the ball over the bar for the games opening score.

Dublin were awarded a free which Dean Rock struck it went inches wide of the post but the referee penalised Roscommon for encroaching and Rock made no mistake the second time of asking.

Diarmuid Murtagh restores Roscommons lead but Con O’Callaghan was causing havoc for the Rossies defence and they were forced to foul him to stop the Cuala man. Dean Rock accepted the gifts with open arms and slotted over two frees in a row to give Dublin the lead after five minutes of play.

A pointed free from Conor Cox in the 8th minute brought the sides level it was to be the last time Roscommon were close to the Dubs on the scoreboard as Jim Gavin’s men flexed their muscles and took control.

In a devastating eight minutes of play Dublin scored an unanswered 1-04, the points from Con O’Callaghan, Dean Rock and two from Ciarán Kilkenny, sandwiched in-between was the goal palmed to the net by Dean Rock after a great move involving Jack McCaffrey, Ciarán Kilkenny and Niall Scully.

Conor Hussey and Brian Fenton swapped points and then in the 20th minute Roscommon cut through the Dublin defence, the ball was crossed to Diarmuid Murtagh but he couldn’t get enough purchase on his attempted effort of palming the ball to the net and Stephen Cluxton saved the effort.

Two points from Roscommon’s Conor Cox and one from Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan left six between the teams with eleven minutes left in the half.

Dublin hit the next five points, three from Paul Mannion and two converted free from Dean Rock to push their lead out to 11.

A foul leading up to Mannions third point with Roscommon’s Conor Daly pulling Jonny Cooper around the neck to the ground earned the Rossies number four a yellow card it was to be a costly card.

A Conor Cox converted free reduced the deficit to ten, but with two minutes to the break Roscommon’s Conor Daly was shown the line after he cynically kicked the legs from under Con O’Callaghan and was shown a black card, added to his yellow card just three minutes earlier that was a subsequent red and Anthony Cunningham’s side were down to 14.

Dean Rock converted the subsequent free to send Dublin into the dressing rooms leading 1-15 to 0-07.

A quick fire 1-03 inside the opening four minutes of the second half from Dublin extinguished any thoughts of a comeback from the Roscommon player’s minds.

Within seconds of the restart Jack McCaffrey grabbed his first point of the game.

Dublin overturned the restart and Michael Darragh Macauley received the ball unmarked powered towards goal and blasted the ball to the net.

Two Dean Rock converted frees put Dublin a whopping 17 points in the clear and that was the signal for Jim Gavin to start to empty his bench.

The big lead and the multiple changes disrupted Dublin’s flow and their intensity levels dropped and subsequently the scores dried up for a period.

Roscommon took advantage and hit six of the next seven scores, three from Conor Cox and one apiece from Niall Daly, Conor Hussey and Sean Mullooly with the solitary point from Dublin scored by substitute Paddy Small.

With ten minutes remaining Michael Darragh Macauley was bizarrely shown a black card which the referee stated was for a body check, replays showed no body check from Macauley and the card will more than likely be appealed by Dublin.

Dublin though finished the game as they began and outscored Roscommon seven points to one in the closing stages to win by 18 points, Dean Rock with two more flawless free kicks, two excellent efforts from play by Paddy Small and one each from Kevin McManamon, Niall Scully and Brian Fenton and the single reply for Roscommon coming from Conor Hussey.

Tonight’s win secured Jim Gavin’s side’s place in the All Ireland semi finals and in two weeks time Dublin head to Healy Park in Omagh to face Tyrone with the result of that game deciding who finishes first and second in the group.

The winners of Dublin’s group will play the second placed team in Group 1 in the All Ireland Semi Finals.


Dublin Scorers:


25. Dean Rock 1-11 (10f)

14. Paul Mannion 0-03

9. Michael Darragh Macauley 1-00

26. Paddy Small 0-03

15. Con O’Callaghan 0-02

13. Ciarán Kilkenny 0-02

8. Brian Fenton 0-02

5. Jack McCaffrey 0-01

23. Kevin McManamon 0-01

10. Niall Scully 0-01


Roscommon Scorers:


14. Conor Cox 0-07 (4f)

6. Conor Hussey 0-03

22. Colin Compton 0-01

13. Diarmuid Murtagh 0-01

5. Niall Daly 0-01

3. Sean Mullooly 0-01




1. Stephen Cluxton

2. Michael Fitzsimons

19. Jonny Cooper

4. Philip McMahon

5. Jack McCaffrey

22. James McCarthy

7. John Small

8. Brian Fenton

9. Michael Darragh Macauley

10. Niall Scully

25. Dean Rock

12. Brian Howard

13. Ciarán Kilkenny

14. Paul Mannion

15. Con O’Callaghan


Dublin Substitutions:


23. Kevin McManamon for 13. Ciarán Kilkenny (38)

26. Paddy Small for 14. Paul Mannion (38)

24. Rory O’Carroll for 2. Michael Fitzsimons (46)

21. Eric Lowndes for 5. Jack McCaffrey (46)

17. Paddy Andrews for 15. Con O’Callaghan (51)

3. David Byrne for 9. Michael Darragh Macauley (62) (Black Card)




1. Darren O’Malley

2. David Murray

3. Sean Mullooly

4. Conor Daly

5. Niall Daly

6. Conor Hussey

7. Ronan Daly

22. Colin Compton

9. Shane Killoran

10. Brian Stack

11. Cathal Cregg

12. Niall Kilroy

13. Diarmuid Murtagh

14. Conor Cox

15. Enda Smith


Roscommon Substitutions:


19. Fintan Cregg for 15. Enda Smith (Blood Sub 9-11 min)

19. Fintan Cregg for 9. Shane Killoran (HT)

20. Aengus Lyons for 22. Colin Compton (44)

26. John McManus for 11. Cathal Cregg (46)

21. Andrew Glennon for 13. Diarmuid Murtagh (51)

17. Gary Patterson for 2. David Murray (59)

24. Cian McKeon for 12. Niall Kilroy (65)