Leinster Champions Dublin kick off their All-Ireland series campaign against Roscommon in group 3 this Sunday at 4pm in Croke Park.
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Dublin come into this encounter fresh off the back of winning their 13th consecutive provincial championship after a routine win over Louth. While also defeating Laois and Kildare respectively along the way.
Roscommon will look to bounce back after losing out to Galway in the Connacht championship Semi Final.
This championship match marks the seventh meeting between Dublin and Roscommon. However, history has favored Dublin, as they have emerged victorious in all six previous encounters. Notably, Dublin has amassed an impressive tally of 6-50 against Roscommon in their last two championship clashes in 2018 and 2019. Moreover, Dublin’s dominance extends beyond this matchup, as they scored an impressive 9-51 against Laois and Louth in the Leinster quarter-final and final, respectively.
While Roscommon faces an uphill battle against Dublin, they will aim to defy the odds and secure a historic victory. Roscommon’s last triumph over Dublin in Croke Park dates back to the 1984 National League when they emerged victorious with a narrow 0-8 to 0-6 win in a Division 2 clash. Despite Dublin’s formidable record, it’s worth noting that the only teams to defeat them in the championship since 2015 were Mayo in 2021 and Kerry in 2022.
For Roscommon to stand a chance on Sunday, they will have to rely on their defence which was the best in division 1, conceding just 3 goals. That means experienced campaigners such as David Murray along with Daly brothers Niall and Conor, will have to be at their optimum level to stop the Dublin full forward line.
Roscommon managed to be competitive in all games they have played in division 1 this year and Davy Burke’s charges might feel that they can cause an upset.
Dublin look to have dusted off the cobwebs against Louth, after a lethargic performance against Kildare the previous day out. Dublin to win by 5