Dublin 4-24 Roscommon 2-16: Under-strength Dubs hammer Rossies
By Ronan O'Neill
Last Updated: 05/08/18 5:55pm
Cormac Costello scored seven points as reigning champions Dublin began their preparations for their All-Ireland semi-final with a 4-24 to 2-16 hammering of Roscommon at the Croke Park.
Dublin had already topped Group 2 of the Super 8s while Roscommon were knocked out by Donegal at Dr Hyde Park on July 21, so the result here did not matter.
But Jim Gavin's men were desperate to finish this phase on a high and build the momentum ahead of their huge final-four clash with Galway next Saturday.
The hosts were in control when they held a 2-12 to 0-07 lead at half-time after a dominant first half. Paul Flynn and Michael Darragh Macauley scored the goals and Roscommon struggled to cope with Dublin's intensity.
Eoghan O'Gara added two more goals in the second half and the efforts of substitutes Gary Patterson and Donie Smith were just consolations for Roscommon.
Kevin McStay was not on the sideline as he began 12-week ban, which stemmed from an incident during the defeat to Donegal. Stand-in manager Ger Dowd watched on as Roscommon could have conceded a goal inside the opening minute. Eoghan O'Gara gathered possession and forced a save from James Featherstone.
Costello scored his first point from the resultant 45 before that was cancelled out by Diarmuid Murtagh. Flynn and Ciarain Murtagh traded scores after that but there was an inevitability about would unfold.
Dublin scored five points in a row to pull clear between the seventh and 17th minutes. John Small and O'Gara scored either side of a three-point blitz from Small as his side drove into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead.
Roscommon were desperate for a reprieve and that was offered by captain Conor Devaney and Diarmuid Murtagh but Dublin's first goal arrived in the 21st minute.
O'Gara was influential in the build-up and he passed to Flynn who scored an audacious effort from 20 metres out. Diarmuid Murtagh hit back three minutes later but Roscommon collapsed again before half-time.
Dublin took complete control again and scored 1-4 without reply. O'Gara, Flynn, Paddy Andrews and Costello scored the points. Then Macauley got through, latched onto a pass from Flynn and finished the killer second goal with four minutes of normal time remaining in the first half.
Diarmuid Murtagh and Niall Kilroy combined to reduce the arrears but Costello pushed Dublin into a big 2-12 to 0-7 half-time lead with his sixth effort.
Patterson was brought on for Ross Timothy at half-time and he finished to the net inside a minute but Dublin steadied themselves with a free from Costello.
O'Gara finally got his first goal in the 41st minute and the second arrived 10 minutes later as the Roscommon defence weakened.
But Donie Smith was brought on for Peter Domican and he scored a goal in the 53rd minute. Roscommon continued to thrive up front with plenty of goal chances while they scored five points in a row late on.
But Dublin were in devastating form and Bernard Brogan's cameo, as a blood substitute, was another ominous sign before they clash with Kevin Walsh's Galway next week.
Attendance: 20,500 approx.
Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath).
Scorers for Dublin: Cormac Costello 0-07 (0-01 45, 0-02f), Eoghan O'Gara 2-02, Paul Flynn 1-03, Michael Darragh Macauley 1-01, Kevin McManamon 0-03 (0-02f), Paddy Andrews 0-02, Conor McHugh 0-02, Philly McMahon 0-01, John Small 0-01, Mark Schutte 0-01, Paddy Small 0-01.
Scorers for Roscommon: Donie Smith 1-03, Diarmuid Murtagh 0-06 (0-02f), Gary Patterson 1-00, Pádraig Kelly 0-02, Ciaran Lennon 0-02, Ciaran Murtagh 0-01 (0-01f), Niall Kilroy 0-01, Conor Devaney 0-01.
1. Stephen Cluxton
2. Mick Fitzsimons
3. Cian O'Sullivan
4. Philly McMahon
5. Eric Lowndes
26. John Small
7. Darren Daly
8. Paul Flynn
9. Michael Darragh Macauley
19. Jack McCaffrey
11. Eoghan O'Gara
12. Cormac Costello
13. Kevin McManamon
17. Colm Basquel
15. Paddy Andrews.
Conor Mullally for O'Sullivan (half-time)
James McCarthy for McCaffrey (half-time)
Mark Schutte for J Small (43rd minute)
Paddy Small for Costello (43rd minute)
Conor McHugh for O'Gara (53rd minute)
Andrew McGowan for Daly (60th minute)
Bernard Brogan for Schutte (61st minute, blood)
Schutte for Brogan (67th minute).
1. James Featherstone
2. David Murray
3. Peter Domican
4. Niall McInerney
5. John McManus
6. Darra Petit
7. Ross Timothy
8. Tadgh O'Rourke
9. Enda Smith
10. Niall Kilroy
11. Ciaran Murtagh
12. Conor Devaney
13. Diarmuid Murtagh
14. Brian Stack
15. Ciaran Lennon.
Gary Patterson for Timothy (half-time)
Pádraig Kelly for Kilroy (38th minute)
Donie Smith for Domican (49th minute)
Ian Kilbride for Stack (49th minute)
Cathal Cregg for C Murtagh (56th minute)
Seanie McDermott for McManus (67th minute).