Roscommon were 20 minutes away from second league win, until Dublin did what they do best
Anthony Cunningham’s Roscommon side surely thought it was their day today on home soil. But a second half siege saw the reigning League Champions take hold of proceedings.
With the sides tied on 1-09 a piece at the break, Roscommon took the lead, but once Dublin eventually went through the gears, the home side couldn’t stay with the pace.
Dean Rock registered 1-05, and Con O’Callaghan 1-01 as Dublin now clearly have their eye on a League Final appearance once again.
Jim Gavin called on Stephen Cluxton for the first time this year, and also handed starts to Colm Basquel, Andrew McGowan and Cian O’Connor just before throw in.
Roscommon defended deep as expected but Dublin managed to navigate their way around with Niall Scully getting their first on three minutes. Conor Cox levelled for Roscommon, kicking wide from the right.
Colm Basquel and Paddy Andrews pushed the Dubs back in front, but on thirteen minutes the sides were level again thanks to Donie Smith and Ciaran Lennon from the mark.
But Dublin kept the pressure on with Con O’Callaghan adding another to recapture the lead. Brian Fenton, looking for a score, was fouled by Shane Killoran and Dean Rock converted the resulting free.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 3, 2019
Dublin’s first goal came in the 19th minute with Dean Rock taking a long high ball down from Cormac Costello. Surrounded by Conor Daly, Conor Devaney and Niall Daly, Rock could only palm the ball away and onto the ground. But O’Callaghan arrived at speed, hammering the ball into the net past Colm Lavin.
Roscommon kept the fight alive with Niall Kilroy and Cox adding scores but they still trailed 1-05 to 0-05. Andrews and Lavin traded points before Rock scored his second free, and Cian O’Connor stretched Dublin’s lead again.
But against the run of play Cathal Cregg threw a lifeline to Roscommon, taking a ball from Donie Smith and scoring a goal.
Paddy Andrews sent a score over for the Dubs, but the Cregg goal had lifted the home side and Cox, Ronan Daly and Enda Smith all scored to bring Roscommon level as the half came to a close.
Roscommon went ahead after the break with scores from David Murray and Cox. But they sat back and watched Dublin change gear again. Conor Devaney was sent off for a second yellow card.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 3, 2019
Dean Rock exacted maximum revenge and his goal in the 51st minute, after a pile up in the goalmouth, was the difference as Dublin pulled clear.
With Tyrone and Cavan still to face, Dublin have settled and will be pushing for that League Final slot and a potential revenge match against Kerry.
Scorers for Dublin:
Dean Rock 1-05 (4f, 1 ’45)
Con O’Callaghan 1-01
Paddy Andrews 0-03 (1f)
Niall Scully 0-02
Cian O’Connor 0-01
Colm Basquel 0-01
Darren Gavin 0-01
Scorers for Roscommon:
Conor Cox 0-04 (1f)
Cathal Cregg 1-00
Ciaran Lennon 0-01 (1f)
Colm Lavin 0-01 (1 ’45)
Ronan Daly 0-01
Niall Kilroy 0-01
Donie Smith 0-01
Enda Smith 0-01
David Murray 0-01
Aonghus Lyons 0-01
16. Stephen Cluxton
2. Jonny Cooper
3. David Byrne
24. Andrew McGowan
7. Jack McCaffrey
6. Cian O’Sullivan
26. Cian O’Connor
8. Brian Fenton
9. Darren Gavin
12. Niall Scully
10. Con O’Callaghan
17. Colm Basquel
15. Paddy Andrews
11. Dean Rock
13. Cormac Costello
23. Robert McDaid for McCaffrey (10)
22. Paul Mannion for Costello (45)
5. Brian Howard for McGowan (52)
20. Paul Flynn for Basquel (52)
21. Michael Darragh Macauley for Fenton (72)
1. Colm Lavin
2. David Murray
3. Conor Daly
4. Gary Patterson
5. Conor Devaney
6. Niall Daly
7. Ronan Daly
8. Tadgh O’Rourke
9. Shane Killoran
10. Niall Kilroy
11. Donie Smith
12. Enda Smith
13. Ciaran Lennon
14. Conor Cox
15. Cathal Cregg
19. Sean Mullooly for Kilroy (52)
25. Colin Compton for E Smith (52)
23. Aonghus Lyons for Cregg (57)
17. Conor Hussey for Killoran (59)
22. Hubert Darcy for D Smith (64)