Dublin and Roscommon will do battle on Sunday in the Coralstown Kinnegad GAA grounds at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon.
Dublin have had a largely trouble-free route to this juncture. They finished the group at the summit with four wins from four, including a seven-point defeat of Noel Finn’s chargers earlier in the league stages of the competition. That was in the opening tie of the competition however and given the likely improvement of both sides, changes in personnel and indeed different weather conditions, it is difficult to measure the relevance of that game when analysing this one.
Shane Plowman’s side had little difficulty in seeing off Clare in the semi-final by nine points and again, they produced a consummate team performance at The Ragg. The defence excelled, as they had done throughout the campaign, while each of the attacking sextet got on the scoresheet with Caragh Dawson, Laoise Quinn and Sinead Nolan capable of picking off points from anywhere. Meanwhile, skipper Emer Keenan provides the midfield drive.
They go into the Division 3 Final as favourites but will know better than to take Roscommon for granted, not least because they have fallen at the last hurdle in 2013, 2014 and 2015 since winning Division 4 in 2012. Roscommon also fell short last year but showed real grit in accounting for Kerry in their semi-final, particularly as they were without the considerable services of two-time Soaring Star, Kelley Hopkins. Kerry had pushed Dublin all the way earlier in the campaign and been expected to renew rivalries with the Metropolitans in the decider but Roscommon’s defensive game plan kept them to three points. Minor star Shauna Fallon scored three points and in the context of a game that finished 0-6 to 0-3, that was a significant contribution. Dual star Rachel Fitzmaurice and Susan Spillane are others that will need to perform if the Connacht crew are to secure a long-awaited first League title.