Call it what you want but it’s still a Championship game for Dublin and Roscommon
Well, it’s almost the end of the first ever Super 8’s series in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship, and to be fair it’s been quite the event. Some great games both in Croke Park and on the road. Many Dublin fans will remember fondly the packed Healy Park on Omagh for the last phase against Tyrone. The Dubs certainly turned Omagh Blue. It may not have been Pairc Ui Chaoimh in 1983, but then again Dublin haven’t had a real opportunity to travel at this stage of the Championship for many years.
Along with Galway, Dublin had secured their Semi Final position after that win over Tyrone, and this weekend there will certainly be more focus on the teams yet to qualify out of both Super 8 groups. And in Group 2 Tyrone travel to Ballybofey for a tricky encounter with provincial rivals Donegal.
Roscommon End Their Journey
Roscommon come to Croke Park this Sunday with nothing to play for only pride. And to their credit they’d accounted themselves well to be in the Super 8’s. Losing by only 0-04 to Galway in the Connacht decider they were dropped into the qualifiers in Round 4 to face Armagh, and won by 2-22 to 1-19 in O’Moore Park.
But unfortunately for the Rossies, the new All Ireland layout has not been kind to them. Beaten by Tyrone in Croke Park in Phase 1 by 0-18, followed by a defeat to Donegal at home. Now they have the daunting task of facing the reigning All Ireland Champions this weekend.
For the completists among us this will be Dublin’s fifth time to meet Roscommon in a Championship game. But you have to go back as far as 14 years ago in 2004 to the last time they met. On that day, an All Ireland Qualifier, Dublin were victors by four points on 1014 to 0-13.
The Semi Final stage of the Championship has become a regular haunt for the Dublin panel, now in their ninth consecutive last four clash. Kerry were the last team to see the Dubs off in a Quarter Final back in 2009.
Dublin’s 2018 Championship Path
Leinster Quarter Final: Dublin 4-25 Wicklow 1-11
Leinster Semi Final: Dublin 2-25 Longford 0-12
Leinster Final: Dublin 1-25 Laois 0-10
All Ireland Quarter Final Phase 1: Dublin 2-15 Donegal 0-16
All Ireland Quarter Final Phase 2: Tyrone 0-14 Dublin 1-14
Dublin’s Top Scorers:
Dean Rock 2-29 (21f, 2 ’45)
Ciaran Kilkenny 2-18
Brian Fenton 1-09
Con O’Callaghan 1-07
Paul Mannion 1-04 (1 ’45)
Roscommon’s 2018 Championship Path:
Connacht Semi Final: Roscommon 0-24 Leitrim 0-10
Connacht Final: Galway 0-16 Roscommon 2-06
All Ireland Round 4 Qualifier: Roscommon 2-22 Armagh 1-19
All Ireland Quarter Final Phase 1: Tyrone 4-24 Roscommon 2-12
All Ireland Quarter Final Phase 2: Donegal 0-20 Roscommon 0-13
Roscommon’s Top Scorers:
Diarmuid Murtagh 0-23 (11f)
CIarain Murtagh 2-17 (8f)
Enda Smith 3-04
Donie Smith 0-08
Cathal Cregg 0-07