Monday 20 October 2014

Clinical Dublin cruise to 53rd Leinster crown against Meath

Published 20/07/2014 | 15:50

20 July 2014; Brian McMahon, Meath, in action against Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
20 July 2014; Brian McMahon, Meath, in action against Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
20 July 2014; Bernard Brogan, left, Dublin, scores his side's first goal ahead of his brother Alan. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Tómas Greally / SPORTSFILE
20 July 2014; Bernard Brogan, left, Dublin, scores his side's first goal ahead of his brother Alan. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Tómas Greally / SPORTSFILE
20 July 2014; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Donncha Tobin, Meath. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
20 July 2014; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Donncha Tobin, Meath. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Dublin secured a 53rd Leinster title after a facile 3-20 to 1-10 success over bitter rivals Meath at GAA Headquarters.

It was a devastating display from the All-Ireland champions as they controlled the game from the word go.

Kevin McMananmon was in ruthless form and his goal in the opening minutes of the second half put the game to bed.

Bernard Brogan and Shane O'Rourke traded early frees as the game began at a brisk pace with a number of hits going in.

Another effort from a placed ball for Brogan before Diarmuid Connolly doubled their lead. Michael Daragh MacAuley had a coming together with a Meath player before Connolly's point but no action was taken.

Jim Gavin's men continued to punish sloppy Meath play and Stephen Cluxton was next on the scoreboard with a 45 with Cian O'Sullivan on target soon afterwards.

Meath needed a score to settle them and Stephen Bray provided it in the 16th minute but it was quickly cancelled out by Kevin McManamon.

Andrew Tormey finished off a brilliant Meath move for another Meath score but then Dublin struck for the game's first goal.

Kevin McManamon's initial shot hit the post and fell into Bernard Brogan's waiting arms. his first shot was blocked but rebounded back to him and he had the easiest task of finding the net.

Mickey Newman was next to raise a white flag after the Royals had spurned a number of opportunites.

Bernard Brogan's first point from play came after 23 minutes following fine work from Jack McCaffrey.

Meath could and maybe should have had a goal when Dalton McDonagh stole in behind Rory O'Carroll and was fouled but instead of playing advantage, the ref blew for a free as Bray hammered the ball home. Newman kicked the free but Dublin responded almost immediately through Alan Brogan.

Damien Carroll scored well off his weaker left foot but further points from Bernard Brogan and Kevin McManamon (3) increased the Dubs lead. McManamon rattled the crossbar before kicking the second of those points.

There were nine points in it at the break and that advantage spread after the restart as McManamon pounced for a goal in the 40th minute.

Jack McCaffrey and Paul Flynn added to the Dublin tally as the gap developed further as Dean Rock, Cormac Costello and Eoghan O'Gara entered the fray.

Andrew Tormey got a rare Meath score in the 50th minute.

Dean Rock and Cormac Costello grabbed points before fellow sun O'Gara finished to the net emphatically.

There was an embarrassing miss for Rock next as he palmed the ball against the post with the goal at his mercy.

Mickey Newman grabbed a consolation goal with a typically cool finish and David Bray kicked a fine point off his right foot as well.

Stephen Bray was denied a goal by a superb Cluxton save which was tipped over.

Eoghan O'Gara was at the centre of a late row and was the last man on the scoresheet with a late point.

Meath will have to recover for a meeting with Armagh in the qualifiers. Dublin will have to recover as they look for a third All-Ireland in four years.

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