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Monday 18 December 2017

Dubs and Roscommon produce a happy hour

KEN Keoghan is the new manager of Dublin's Division 3 side. The Parish will follow every roll of the dice. Ken has served the Isles with distinction.

He has a VIP on his management team - Ann Colgan, the last Dublin captain to lift the O'Duffy Cup.

But, just like the great Jack Kyle, she'll be hoping that the distinction will one day come to an end.

Mark Berigan, Podge McCormack and Andy Timmons are also on the Dublin management ticket.

And they began the campaign with a worthy draw against Roscommon at Bray Emmet's on Sunday afternoon, 1-9 to Dublin and 2-6 to Roscommon.

The Blues had a blistering start. Tino Kelly had a point within a minute, and then came a goal, a minute later, from Elaine Gallery, a pure stick artist.

The Dubs led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the turn. They had the breeze in the second half. Gallery and Jennifer Browne struck porcelain points.

But they were the only two points from play that Dublin managed following the break.

Roscommon played with conviction. And they have a diamond in centre half-forward, Annette McGeeney.

She scored their two goals.

It took the accomplished free-taking of Georgina Kelly, to salvage the draw for the Dubs.

Georgina is one of the best dead-ball strikers in Ireland. Roscommon had a free-taking specialist of their own in Kelly Hopkins. And the result was about right.

It was a positive start to the campaign for Ken and his cohorts. Captain , Michelle Kelly, led the way. Grainne Free and Leah Butler also had their moments. Plenty of them.

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