Friday 30 September 2016

Dubs play with food - but finally cook up a storm

Ryan Nugent

Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30

Cheering on their sides yesterday at the Leinster Senior Football Championship were Niamh Costello from Whitehall and Cliodhna Bolger from Glasnevin. Photos: Gareth Chaney
Cheering on their sides yesterday at the Leinster Senior Football Championship were Niamh Costello from Whitehall and Cliodhna Bolger from Glasnevin. Photos: Gareth Chaney
Cheering on their sides yesterday at the Leinster Senior Football Championship were Westmeath supporters Tomas and Emma Sheridan with baby Lucy (two months) from Mullingar Photo: Gareth Chaney

You get the sense that the Dubs like to play with their food before they eat it - but once they get a taste, the opposition are devoured in a matter of minutes.

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The Brogan family regularly hold a barbecue in the aftermath of a big Championship game - and judging by Dublin's Bernard-led second-half onslaught against Westmeath, one family member was cooking up a storm long before the final whistle.

It took a while for the game to get going. In fact, a 25th-minute fight took place long before a match finally broke out.

Hill 16 had been unusually subdued up until that point.

But when around a dozen Westmeath and Dublin players tussled near the touchline, the tribalism of jackeens versus culchies got Croke Park bouncing.

It was generally the non-footballing antics that had the crowd cheering. In a rare occurrence for Croker, a streaker managed to make his way onto the pitch, dancing his way around while the match was still going on - he eventually handed himself over to security.

Meanwhile, a group of brave Westmeath fans, bodhrán in tow, tried their best at invading the Hill.

Mid-way through the second half, though, they hadn't a leg to stand on and were met with jeers of "you're not singing anymore" from the Blue Army.

Six Leinster titles in succession is apparently still not getting boring, particularly for the die-hards. Amy Colfer (25) from Marino stood on the Hill with her pal Alison Tuck (26) for 70 minutes, despite being on crutches with a fractured knee.

"It was going well until somebody nearly pushed me over," Amy said.

And it wasn't all doom and gloom for the Lake County either, despite racking up just 10 points to Dublin's 2-19.

James Gillivan (36) from Moate, said there was no shame in losing. "I think we were playing against the best team in the country by a mile and we're a long way behind them, there's no point saying anything else - we gave a great show," he said.

In the west, Galway's footballers offered some redemption for the failings of their hurling colleagues by cantering past Roscommon to claim a Connacht title, their first since 2008.

Elsewhere, Tyrone left it very late for a famous win against bitter rivals Donegal in Monaghan.

As in the Croke Park game, six minutes were added on at the end. And while there were 36,000 frantically biting their fingernails in Clones, there was almost a giggle in the Croker PA's voice when he announced the time being added on to a game that was effectively over 20 minutes by then.

Irish Independent

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