Dublin 1-13 Roscommon 1-12
By Daragh Small
Ciaran Murtagh missed a late free as the reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin made it seven from seven in the Allianz League Division 1 by the minimum against Roscommon in Carrick-on-Shannon.
The game was originally scheduled for Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon, but a water-logged pitch meant it failed a late inspection and the game was moved to Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.
Dublin led 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time but Roscommon fought back and as the sides exchanged goals from Dean Rock and Senan Kilbride a late Conor Devaney point brought Roscommon back to within a point. But Murtagh missed a free with the last kick of the game.
Roscommon made a fast start and quick-fire points from Niall Daly and Ciarain Murtagh gave them a 0-2 to 0-0 lead after eight minutes. But they wouldn’t score again the 37th minute as Dublin opened up.
In the intervening period Dean Rock hit six points, five from frees, and he got their first after 11 minutes. Further points from Conor McHugh, Kevin McManamom and Shane Carthy gave Dublin a healthy six-point lead at the break.
Roscommon’s Sean McDermott had been shown a black card in the 25thminute and when Cathal Cregg also got black, just before the break, it looked a tall order in the second-half.
Conor Devaney began the fightback however, and they brought the deficit back to 0-9 to 0-6 before Rock steadied the ship for Dublin again.
The All-Ireland champions retained their composure in the face of the Roscommon onslaught but Roscommon gradually began to get a foothold.
Rock’s goal in the 57th minute looked crucial, when he linked with Eoghan O’Gara, and finished into the bottom corner. That gave him a personal tally of 1-8 for the day but Roscommon didn’t fall away.
Instead Senan Kilbride lashed a Fintan Cregg delivery to the net and that brought them back within three.
John Small scored to keep Roscommon at arm’s length, but by the time Devaney hit his second, Roscommon were back within one in injury-time and Eric Lowndes had been shown black for Dublin.
Roscommon had one more chance with a late foray into Dublin territory, but Ciarain Murtagh sent a free wide.
Scorers Dublin: D Rock 1-8 (0-7f), S B Carthy 0-2, C McHugh 0-1, K McManamon 0-1, J Small 0-1.
Scorers Roscommon: C Murtagh 0-5 (0-3f), D Shine 0-3, C Devaney 0-2, S Kilbride 1-0, F Cregg 0-1 (0-1f), N Daly 0-1.
Dublin: M Savage; K O’Brien, M Fitzsimons, D Daly (J Small 50); E Lowndes (C Kilkenny 64, black), C O’Sullivan (R McDaid 35), D Byrne; B Fenton, E O Conghaile; T Brady (P Flynn 44), D Rock, S B Carthy; C McHugh, K McManamon (E O’Gara 49), P Mannion (C Costello 57).
Roscommon: D O’Malley; S McDermott (S Mullooly 26, black), N Collins, N McInerney; D Murray, S Purcell, D Keenan (J McManus 44); N Daly, C Shine (J McDermott 51); F Cregg, N Kilroy (B Murtagh 56), C Murtagh; D Shine (T Corcoran 64), S Kilbride, C Cregg (C Devaney 35, black).
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary).