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Dublin: 7 °C Thursday 2 April, 2020


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Good evening everybody, you’re very welcome along to our minute-by-minute coverage of today’s Super 8s clash between Dublin and Roscommon at Croke Park.

It’s a lovely cool, calm day in the capital. Temperatures are settled nicely at about 18 degrees — a perfect evening for football as the Super 8s heads into round two.

The All-Ireland champions got off to a perfect start here a week ago. To their credit, Cork really put it up to the Dubs inside the opening half.

But Jim Gavin’s men kept their composure and turned the screw when needed, with a dominant second-half display (Jack McCaffrey, in particular, at his best) yielding a 13-point win, as Ronan McCarthy’s men eventually crumbled.

Jim Gavin Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Roscommon suffered a similar fate against Tyrone last weekend, but really did push Mickey Harte’s men all the way. The Rossies succumbed to a 0-17 to 0-13 defeat which badly harms the Connacht champions’ hopes of making this year’s All-Ireland semi-finals.

An upset is next to impossible this evening. Dublin eased past Roscommon 4-24 to 2-16 when these sides met in the Super 8s last August and you wouldn’t bet against a similar result here today.

Cunningham’s men ran Dublin close back in March then these sides last met in the Allianz Football League. Dean Rock scored 1-5 that afternoon as Gavin’s side won 2-14 to 1-12. Another win here this evening would put one big blue foot in the semi-finals.

Stick with us, throw-in is coming up in an hour’s time at 7pm.

Cork could blow Group 2 of the Super 8s wide open this evening.

Ronan McCarthy’s men are currently leading Tyrone 2-5 to 0-5, with Luke Connolly and James Loughrey scoring two brilliant goals in the first half.

A Cork win would really throw a cat amongst the pigeons, especially with Roscommon heading to Páirc Uí Rinn in a fortnight’s time.

You can follow all the action between Cork and Tyrone here with half an hour remaining.

Ian Maguire with Colm Cavanagh Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Ooooof I may have spoken too soon.

Mickey Harte’s men have only gone and grabbed two goals back and now lead by a point. The drama!

Cathal McShane with the first, before Peter Harte converted from the penalty spot.

An enticing final 20 minutes to come, to say the least.

A quick reminder of this evening’s teams.


1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
3. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)
4. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)

5. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)
6. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
7. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Michael Darragh-MacAuley (Ballyboden St Endas)

10. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street)
11. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille)
12. Brian Howard (Raheny)

13. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)
14. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
15. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)


1. Darren O’Malley (Michael Glaveys)

2. David Murray (Padraig Pearses)
3. Sean Mullooly (Strokestown)
4. Conor Daly (Padraig Pearses)

7. Ronan Daly (Padraig Pearses)
6. Conor Hussey (Michael Glaveys)
5. Niall Daly (Padraig Pearses)

8. Tadgh O’Rourke (Tulsk)
9. Shane Killoran (Elphin)

10. Brian Stack (St Brigid’s)
11. Cathal Cregg (Western Gaels)
12. Niall Kilroy (Fuerty)

13. Diarmuid Murtagh (St Faithleachs)
14. Conor Cox (Listowel Emmett’s)
15. Enda Smith (Boyle)

Dublin prevailed by a margin of five points when these sides met in the Allianz Football League back in March.

Niall Daly Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Padraig O'Sullivan awards a free to Dublin

Con O'Callaghan

Half an hour to go before throw-in. How do you see today’s Super 8s clash unfolding? Let us know below!

Poll Results:

Has to be Dublin (675)
Roscommon win, no doubt (172)
Surely a draw (33)

Jim Gavin has made three late changes to his starting XV ahead of throw-in. Jonny Cooper replaces David Byrne in defence, James McCarthy comes in for Cian O’Sullivan at half-back and Dean Rock is in for Cormac Costello.

Anthony Cunningham makes one change, as Colin Compton replaces Tadhg O’Rourke in midfield for Roscommon. Throw-in coming up very shortly as the players run through their final warm-ups.


Dublin 0-0 Roscommon 0-1

Opening score of the game falls the way of Colin Compton. He surges through right from throw-in and, with a goal chance on the cards, instead opts for a point with a powerful strike right over the bar.

Paul Mannion followed by Fintan Clegg, Niall Kilroy and David Murray Source: James Crombie/INPHO


Dublin 0-1 Roscommon 0-1

Dean Rock levels proceedings with a fine free. He had an initial free which flew wide, but the referee called it back for encroachment from a man in yellow. Rock makes his second chance count. All square.


Dublin 0-1 Roscommon 0-2

A brilliant score from Diarmuid Murtagh brings Roscommon back ahead. The St Faithleachs man cuts inside onto his left boot and swings a pinpoint score over the bar. Loads of power behind his strike to carry it over.


Dublin 0-2 Roscommon 0-2

Dean Rock with his second score in as many minutes. It’s another free from close range on his right boot and he makes no mistake. Four scores inside the opening five minutes spread evenly. A lively start.

Shane Killoran and Michael Darragh Macauley Source: James Crombie/INPHO


Dublin 0-3 Roscommon 0-2

Rock swings over his third free and Dublin lead for the first time this evening. A number of sloppy frees conceded by Roscommon so far causing a few early issues.


Dublin 0-3 Roscommon 0-3

Conor Cox kicks over a brilliant free from 45 metres. Enda Smith did well there in the build-up to earn the free — Michael Darragh-MacAuley being penalised for ripping the ball out of Smith’s arms illegally.


Dublin 0-4 Roscommon 0-3

Con O’Callaghan with his first score of the evening. A brilliant catch sees him beat Sean Mullooly to the ball and O’Callaghan caps off the move with a deft kick. He is dominating the half-forward line at the moment.


Dublin 0-5 Roscommon 0-3

Dean Rock is found inside the danger zone thanks to a brilliant crossfield ball from Paul Mannion. A goal chance looks to be on the cards for Rock, but he decides to fist the ball over instead.


Dublin 0-5 Roscommon 0-3

John Small looked to have added another to extend Dublin’s lead to three. He sweeps through in attack, gathers his composure for a moment and swings the ball between the posts. The referee calls for HawkEye just to make sure… and the technology shows his kick went just wide. No score.


Dublin 1-5 Roscommon 0-3

GOAL! Dean Rock finishes off a ruthless Dublin attack. Jack McCaffrey finds Ciaran Kilkenny, he feeds possession onto Niall Scully, Scully hand-passes into the box and Rock pushes the ball into the back of Darren O’Malley’s net. Great team-work.


Dublin 1-6 Roscommon 0-3

Ciaran Kilkenny plucks the ball from the sky, twists his marker Conor Hussey out of the way and smashes the ball over on the turn. It’s all one-way traffic at the moment.


Dublin 1-6 Roscommon 0-3

Close! A massive goal chance for Roscommon and it’s Shane Killoran who just misses the target. Niall Daly did really well to find Kiloran with a neat sideways handpass, but the Rossies midfielder flashes his left-footed strike the wrong side of the post.


Dublin 1-7 Roscommon 0-3

Down the other end Ciaran Kilkenny tacks on another score. Paul Mannion got to the byline and pulled the ball back to Kilkenny in space and the Castleknock man was never going to miss from that range.

Ciaran Kilkenny and Sean Mulloory Source: James Crombie/INPHO


Dublin 1-8 Roscommon 0-4

Conor Hussey pulls one back for Roscommon, their first score in over 10 minutes, but Dublin attack in numbers right away from Stephen Cluxton’s kick-out and Brian Fenton points.


Dublin 1-8 Roscommon 0-4

Two big goal chances at both ends. Con O’Callaghan smashes the post with a powerful strike, before Enda Smith nearly pushes the ball into an empty net before Stephen Cluxton managed to recover brilliantly and provide the save.


Dublin 1-8 Roscommon 0-5

Conor Cox with his second score of the evening. Six points between the sides now and the game has been a little bit more even after a prolonged passage of Dublin dominance which saw 1-4 without reply.

Niall Daly and Sean Mulloory tackle Con O’Callaghan Source: James Crombie/INPHO


Dublin 1-9 Roscommon 0-5

Con O’Callaghan takes his man on and surges clean through. He crashes an almighty effort on target, but it pulls just too high and goes over the bar. Based on his reaction, he was going for goal there.


Dublin 1-10 Roscommon 0-6

Brilliant score from Conor Cox. He peels away to the right, before cutting inside onto his left. Philly McMahon gives Cox a little bit too much space and he does the damage. Dublin fly down the other end, though, and Paul Mannion finds the target.


Dublin 1-11 Roscommon 0-6

Brian Fenton is hauled down close to goal by Niall Daly. Dean Rock steps up and makes no mistake with a point. That’s nine frees conceded by Roscommon now, compared to Dublin’s two.

Conor Cox scores a free Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO


Dublin 1-12 Roscommon 0-6

Another free for Dublin. Con O’Callaghan is brought down by Sean Mullooly, who was pulling his arm around O’Callaghan’s shoulder illegally. Mullooly receives a yellow card and Rock kicks the resulting free over the bar.


Dublin 1-13 Roscommon 0-6

Another big chance for a Dublin goal as Roscommon are punished at the back. Mullooly’s handpass is intercepted by Paul Mannion, who races through on goal. His shot is initially blocked on the line, but Mannion makes amends by regaining possession and kicking a point.


Dublin 1-14 Roscommon 0-6

Paul Mannion with another super score. Dublin patiently build possession, going through a number of phases as bodies in blue shirts buzz left and right. Mannion finds space and kicks a glorious point from some distance on his left boot. Eleven points in it.

Brian Fenton with Shane Killoran Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO


Dublin 1-14 Roscommon 0-7

Conor Cox fires over a free for Roscommon, cutting the deficit to 10 points as we approach half-time. It’s his side’s first score in nearly ten minutes.


Dublin 1-15 Roscommon 0-7

RED CARD! Conor Daly has been sent off for Roscommon. He was already on a booking for a pull-down on Jonny Cooper and now he pulls down Con O’Callaghan close to goal for his second booking. Anthony Cunningham’s side will play the remainder of this game with 14 men. Dean Rock kicks over the resulting free.


Dublin 1-15 Roscommon 0-7

There will be one minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half. Daly’s sending off seemed to needly there for Roscommon and his side now face a mountain in the second half with a man down. It’s just gone from bad to worse.

Michael Fitzsimons with Diarmuid Murtagh Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

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A typically dominant display sees Dublin head into the break 11 points ahead.

Dean Rock has been in impressive form from frees, but the credit has to go to Con O’Callaghan and Ciaran Kilkenny, who have utterly dominated the half-forward line.

Rock added a goal to his tally on 16 minutes, with the Ballymun Kickham’s man pushing the ball into an empty net following a brilliant team move.

Anthony Cunningham’s men started brightly, but like so many sides who try and take on the Dubs, they have just wilted as time has gone on.

Conor Daly’s late sending off means his side will have to play the entire second half a man down, as the Rossies face a gruelling a 35 minutes to come.

This looks over already. Second half to come shortly!

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Second half! We’re back underway at Croke Park for another 35 minutes


Dublin 1-16 Roscommon 0-7

Jack McCaffrey with his first score of the evening. Michael Darragh-MacAuley knocks the ball down and possession is fed towards the run of McCaffrey bursting through from defence into attack. He slots over as Dublin pick up where they left off.


Dublin 2-16 Roscommon 0-7

GOAL! Michael Darragh-MacAuley with a sublime strike on his right boot after powering through past Fintan Cregg. It’s his third goal of the 2019 championship and for a minute there it looked like his shot might rip the net off it’s hinges. Some finish.


Dublin 2-17 Roscommon 0-7

Dean Rock zips over another free and it’s now a 16 point lead. Jim Gavin makes two changes, Paddy Small replacing Paul Mannion and Kevin McManamon coming on for Ciaran Kilkenny.


Dublin 2-18 Roscommon 0-7

Rock with a second free of the second half. This one’s a bit further out and to the right, a tricky enough angle even for the best of free takers. But Rock makes no mistake and curls the ball between the sticks.


Dublin 2-18 Roscommon 0-7

A superb run and pass from Enda Smith finds Diarmuid Murtagh in dangerous territory inside the box. But just when it looks like he might get the chance to twist and have a go at goal, Murtagh is surrounded by blue shirts, with Mick Fitzsimons and Jonny Cooper grabbing the ball back expertly.


Dublin 2-18 Roscommon 0-7

The game has died down a little now and the crowd has grown a bit silent. This game has long been over as a contest and it’s being reflected as such in the atmosphere inside Croke Park. A very one-sided contest.


Dublin 2-18 Roscommon 0-8

Conor Cox with Roscommon’s first score of the second half and their first score since the 33rd minute of the first half. It’s a pinpoint free from distance. Jim Gavin opts for two more changes, Eric Lowndes and Rory O’Carroll on in place of Mick Fitzsimons and Jack McCaffrey.


Dublin 2-18 Roscommon 0-9

Another terrific score, this time it’s Niall Daly. He races forward from half-back, keeping his distance from his marker, before taking a look at goal and firing over the crossbar. Back-to-back scores for the Rossies.


Dublin 2-19 Roscommon 0-10

Conor Hussey adds another and it’s now three points in quick succession for Roscommon. Dublin respond down the other end, with Paddy Small notching a point from close range.


Dublin 2-19 Roscommon 0-12

Sean Mullooly ventures forward and kicks a point. The Strokestown man loves to venture forward when the opportunity presents itself. He positions himself right in front of goal and sees the white flag raised. Conor Cox follows that up with another score.


Dublin 2-19 Roscommon 0-13

A change for both sides. Paddy Andrews replaces Con O’Callaghan off the bench for Dublin, while Andrew Glennon comes on for Diarmuid Murtagh for Roscommon. A few moments later Conor Cox fires over another free. A 12 point game now.


Dublin 2-19 Roscommon 0-13

A really interesting past 10-15 minutes in this game. Jim Gavin has made a number of changes and Dublin just just seem a little disjointed, allowing gaps to appear and giving Roscommon the chance to tack some additional scores on the board. 


Dublin 2-19 Roscommon 0-13

Another change for Roscommon as Gary Patterson replaces David Murray for the final 10 minutes. As play prepares to re-start, however, Michael Darragh-MacAuley is shown a black card after seeming to have a word with the linesman. A strange one.


Dublin 2-19 Roscommon 0-13

David Byrne replaces Michael Darragh-MacAuley, who appears to have been black carded for a body check on a Roscommon man. Down the other end Dean Rock fizzes another free over the bar, registering Dublin’s first score in almost 12 minutes of play.


Dublin 2-19 Roscommon 0-13

Kevin McManamon finds time and space down the left flank, punishing a poor Roscommon kick-out by Darren O’Malley. He looks up and finds the target on his weaker foot to extend Dublin’s lead to 14 points.


Dublin 2-22 Roscommon 0-13

Niall Scully picks the ball up in oceans of space. He takes a look around for a possible pass but, seeing no option, opts for a shot at goal. It travels the required distance and flies over Darren O’Malley’s head and over the bar too.


Dublin 2-23 Roscommon 0-13

Another switch by Anthony Cunningham for the final few minutes here. Niall Kilroy is replaced by Cian McKeon. A few moments later Dublin earn another free after Kevin McManaman was fouled, and Dean Rock adds another point to his tally.


Dublin 2-24 Roscommon 0-13

Another tidy score by Small. He collects the ball 35 metres out from goal and swings a fine strike over the bar on his left boot. He’s had a good impact off the bench in this second half, Paddy Small.


Dublin 2-24 Roscommon 0-14

Conor Hussey collects the ball close to goal and in a swift motion ducks away from his marker and slices a fine right-footed shot over Stephen Cluxton’s crossbar. The deficit now stands at 16 points as we approach stoppage time.


Dublin 2-25 Roscommon 0-14

Brian Fenton flies down the other end and adds another score for the All-Ireland champions. With no-one around him, the Raheny man points on his right boot. It’s his second score of the evening.


Dublin 2-26 Roscommon 0-14

Great score by Paddy Small, again. He sprints clear of Enda Smith and steers the ball over the bar. The strength and depth of this Dublin bench is something to behold when you’ve players like Small, Paddy Andrews and Kevin McMamaman to bring on. Not to mention the likes of Cormac Costello, Bernard Brogan and now Diarmuid Connolly too.

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It’s all over at Croke Park and it’s another dominant, one-sided win for Dublin. We’ve seen this all before.

Jim Gavin’s men were always in control with Ciaran Kilkenny, Dean Rock and Con O’Callaghan dominating the opening half, before Conor Daly’s red card effectively ended any chance of a Roscommon comeback as Anthony Cunningham’s men were forced to play the second half a man down.

As was to be expected, the All-Ireland champions pulled away after the break, tacking on score after score and emptying that impressive bench — Michael Darragh-MacAuley’s goal the pick of the scores.

The Dubs are through to another All-Ireland semi-final — thanks a million for joining us this evening!

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