Dubs keep on winningA TALE of Kelly's Heroes in O'Toole Park on Saturday afternoon. Dublin Junior's third win in Division 3 of the National League.
Dublin's Georgina Kelly was top scorer on six points. Roscommon's Kelly Hopkins also finished with six.
The two midfielders gave a terrific exhibition of striking from the placed ball. Georgina, from Kilkenny, has proven a real find for the Dubs.
The Rossies put it up to the Blues, who won by 1-11 to 1-8. It was an enjoyable hour. The climate offered sunshine and fifty shades of grey.
Dublin led from pillar to post, but Roscommon kept on their heels right till the last bell. The hosts were ahead at the interval, 1-6 to 0-5.
But had it not been for a super save from Aisling Spillane on the blow of the break, Dublin could have been behind.
Spillane was injured in making the diving stop at the road end and she had to be replaced at half-time by Stephanie Carthy, who was kept pretty busy.
Stephanie is a sister of Dublin U21 footballer and senior player, Shane.
Dublin's goal came in the 28th minute. Elaine Gallery floated in a delivery from deep that evaded friend and foe and ended up in the trolley.
Gallery is a splendid stick-smith.
She'd find space in a confession box and she was opening envelopes all afternoon.
Dublin's full-forward, Roisin Collins, got a picture point before the turn and left corner-forward, Laoise Quinn, also finished the day in profit.
Roscommon had aces in Caitriona Regan and Annette McGeeney. The home defence had to remain as alert as an air traffic controller.
The two Kellys continued to exchange gifts as the second half progressed. With five minutes left, Dublin led by six points.
But then Fiona Connell struck the goal for Roscommon that made the last couple of pages very interesting indeed.
As the visitors chased salvation, Dublin broke free and Emer Keenan found herself in the clear.
But she was denied a certain goal by goalkeeper, Caroline Connaughton.
Roscommon drew their opening match with Armagh and they came close enough to getting another point here.
Yet they'll be cheered by the display.
Dublin will be lifted by the result. Three from three in Division 3.
Not bad going for a side fresh out of Division 4.
DUBLIN: A Spillane (Skerries Harps); G Free (Trinity Gaels), G Ryan (Na Fianna), S Grimes (Lucan Sarsfields); E Sherry (Naomh Jude), S Duff (Good Counsel), L Byrne (Erin's Isle); G Kelly (Faughs-Celtic, 0-6, 6f), E Maher (Naomh Jude); M Dunne (Na Fianna, 0-1), E Gallery (Portobello, 1-0), E Flanagan (Lucan Sarsfields); L Berkeley (Na Fianna), R Collins (St Vincent's, 0-1), L Quinn (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER, 0-3).
Subs used: S Carthy (Naomh Mearnog), A McGrath (Thomas Davis), E Keenan (Lucan Sarsfields), M Kelly (Lucan Sarsfields), C Long (Thomas Davis), R Noctor (Kilmacud Crokes), H Gleeson ((Faughs-Celtic), C Canning (St Vincent's).