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Dublin overcome Derry in Croker war
28 Mar 2015 21:09
Dublin 0-08 Derry 0-04
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Four Dublin points in a row in the concluding stages of a tense Croke Park contest were enough to finally shake off stubborn Derry on a 0-08 to 0-04 scoreline.
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In the process, back-to-back Allianz league champions Dublin took a significant step towards the semi-finals, while Derry were consigned to Division 2 football.
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Dean Rock top scored for Dublin with three points including two late on in that four-point burst which decided the game.
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Diarmuid Connolly was named man of the match though it wasn't an evening for purists with Derry adopting a heavily defensive game plan in front of 19,224.
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Dublin manager Jim Gavin noted after the tie against Tyrone that his team are coming up against heavily packed defences more regularly now.
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It is a reflection of the esteem opponents hold Dublin's talented forwards in though it makes for difficult viewing for neutrals.
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