Bernard Brogan pictured alongside Michael Darragh MacAuley. Gary Carr/INPHO
Super 8s

Brogan returns as impressive Dublin ease past Roscommon with landslide Super 8s win

The defending All-Ireland champions eased past Kevin McStay’s side to top Group 2 ahead of next weekend’s semi-finals.

Dublin 4-24

Roscommon 2-16

Paul Keane reports from Croke Park

BERNARD BROGAN MADE a remarkable return to Championship action less than six months after cruciate surgery as Dublin ended their Super 8s campaign with a big win.

The five-time All-Ireland winner came on as a late blood substitute for Mark Schutte and got four minutes of action.

It was a brief cameo but with his career hanging in the balance after that serious knee injury just last February every second counted.

Jim Gavin appeared to be saving Brogan as he’d ran in all six of his subs before using the former Footballer of the Year as a temporary replacement.

In total, 22 Dublin players got game time as Gavin assessed all his options with their qualification for next Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Galway already secured.

Eoghan O'Gara scores a goal under pressure from David Murray and Darra Pettit Gary Carr / INPHO Gary Carr / INPHO / INPHO

Cormac Costello and Eoghan O’Gara were the big beneficiaries with 0-9 and 2-2 tallies respectively in the comfortable win over a Roscommon side that failed to register a win in the Super 8s.

Paul Flynn impressed too with 1-3 while Conor McHugh, Paddy Small and Mark Schutte all took their chances to get on the score-sheet in the 14-point win.

Flynn’s goal arrived in the 24th minute and he turned provided for Michael Darragh Macauley to blast in their second, propelling them to a 2-12 to 0-7 half-time lead.

O’Gara added two more goals after the restart and the second of those, after a high ball in, underlined a physical presence and ball winning ability that could come in useful against the Tribesmen.

Roscommon finished strong with six of the game’s last eight points and second-half goals from Gary Patterson and sub Donie Smith who hit 1-3 in total.

Scorers for Dublin: Cormac Costello 0-9 (0-1 45, 0-1f), Eoghan O’Gara 2-2, Paul Flynn 1-3, Michael Darragh Macauley 1-0, Kevin McManamon 0-3 (0-2f), Conor McHugh 0-2, John Small 0-1, Paddy Andrews 0-1, Paddy Small 0-1, Mark Schutte 0-1, Philly McMahon 0-1.

Scorers for Roscommon: Donie Smith 1-3 (0-1 45), Diarmuid Murtagh 0-6, 0-2f, Gary Patterson 1-0, Padraig Kelly 0-2, Ciaran Lennon 0-2, Ciarain Murtagh 0-1 (0-1f), Conor Devaney 0-1, Niall Kilroy 0-1.


1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

4. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
3. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
2. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)

5. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrines)
7. Darren Daly (Fingal Ravens)
19. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)

26. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)
9. Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

8. Paul Flynn (Fingallians)
13. Kevin McManamon (St Judes)
17. Colm Basquel (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

12. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille)
11. Eoghan O’Gara (Templeogue Synge Street)
15. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)


22. Conor Mulally (Cuala) for O’Sullivan (h/t)
6. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams) for McCaffrey (h/t)
25. Paddy Small (Ballymun Kickhams) for Costello (47)
24. Mark Schutte (Cuala) for J. Small (47)
21. Conor McHugh (Na Fianna) for O’Gara (53)
20. Andrew McGowan (Kilmacud Crokes) for Daly (60)
18. Bernard Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh) for Schutte (62-66, blood)


1. James Fetherston (Roscommon Gaels)

2. David Murray (Padraig Pearses)
3. Peter Domican (St Brigid’s)
4. Niall McInerney (St Brigid’s)

5. John McManus (Roscommon Gaels)
6. Darra Pettit (Clann na nGael)
7. Ross Timothy (St Croans)

8. Tadhg O’Rourke (Tulsk)
9. Enda Smith (Boyle)

10. Niall Kilroy (Fuerty)
11. Ciarain Murtagh (St Faithleachs)
12. Conor Devaney (Kilbride, captain)

13. Diarmuid Murtagh (St Faithleachs)
14. Brian Stack (St Brigid’s)
15. Ciaran Lennon (Clann na nGael)


24. Padraig Kelly (St Brigid’s) for Kilroy (h/t)
21. Gary Patterson (Michael Glaveys) for Timothy (h/t)
22. Ian Kilbride (St Brigid’s) for Domican (49)
20. Donal Smtih (Boyle) for Stack (49)
17. Cathal Cregg (Western Gaels) for C Murtagh (56)
25. Sean McDermott (Western Gaels) for McManus (66).

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath).

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