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D1 Football: Dublin eventually break down Derry

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Allianz League holders Dublin came good in the closing stages at Croke Park with four points in a row to finally shrug off dour Derry.

Points from Dean Rock - who top scored with 0-3 - Paddy Andrews and Man of the Match Diarmuid Connolly separated the sides at the end of a heavily defensive affair.

Relegation threatened Derry set up with large numbers behind the ball from the word go as they sought to secure a win to keep alive their survival hopes.

But despite still being level with five minutes to go at 0-4 apiece, they were eventually burned off by a Dublin side that move second in the table, temporarily at least.

It wasn't football for purists on a rain sodden evening with Derry forming a red and white barrier in front of Dublin as 19,224 looked on.

Dublin manager Jim Gavin noted after the tie against Tyrone that his team are coming up against heavily packed defences more regularly now.

It is a reflection of the esteem opponents hold Dublin's talented forwards in though it makes for difficult viewing for neutrals.

There were just five points scored in the first-half with Derry taking a 0-3 to 0-2 lead into the interval.

It would have been a two-point advantage for the Oak Leaf men though Connolly drilled a long range point on the stroke of half-time for Dublin.

Dublin hit plenty of shots from distance in the first-half in an attempt to overcome the packed defence.

But they were off target too often and hit seven wides in total. The other point they did score in the half came from Michael Darragh Macauley who fisted over early on.

It meant that in the entire half, there were just two kicked points, one from Mark Lynch and the other from Connolly.

The conditions didn't help admittedly with rain sheeting across the pitch, making kicking hugely difficult.

Derry, of course, won't make any apologies as they came to Dublin fighting for their lives in the top flight. They had just a single point to their credit, from a draw with Tyrone, from five games and had to win to hope to stay up.

The sides were twice on level terms in the second-half at 0-3 and 0-4 apiece. Enda Lynn's 59th minute Derry point left them tied at 0-4 to 0-4 entering the concluding stages.

Dublin laid siege to Derry's goal in that period and they finally picked off the scores they required to get the job done.

Rock punted over a free, followed by points from sub Paddy Andrews and Connolly before another Rock score from seal a slightly flattering double scores victory.


Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 0-3 (0-2f), Diarmuid Connolly 0-2, Michael Darragh Macauley 0-1, Cormac Costello 0-1, Paddy Andrews 0-1

Scorers for Derry: Mark Lynch 0-1, Benny Heron 0-1 (0-1 45), James Kielt 0-1 (0-1f), Enda Lynn 0-1

DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; Philip McMahon, Rory O'Carroll, Eoin Culligan; Jonny Cooper, John Small, Jack McCaffrey; Michael Darragh Macauley, Tomas Brady; Paul Flynn, Diarmuid Connolly, Ciaran Kilkenny; Kevin McManamon, Dean Rock, Bernard Brogan. Subs: Cormac Costello for McManamon (HT), James McCarthy for Brady (42), David Byrne for Culligan (42), Paddy Andrews for Kilkenny (51), Brian Fenton for Macauley (54), Davy Byrne for Brogan (70).

DERRY: Thomas Mallon; Oisin Duffy, Niall Holly, Kevin Johnston; Liam McGoldrick, Conor McAtamney, Michael McIver; Mark Lynch, Emmet Bradley; Sean Leo McGoldrick, Daniel Heavron, Enda Lynn; Benny Heron, Emmet McGuckin, James Kielt. Subs: Fergal Doherty for Bradley (46), Terence O'Brien for McGuckin (46), Ciaran McFaul for Kielt (46), Daniel McKinless for McIver (51), Neil McNicholl for L McGoldrick (67).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork).


Report: Paul Keane

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