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Cormac Costello shines as Dublin win Leinster Under-21 title

Dublin 3-10 Kildare 1-12

Published 02/04/2015 | 22:05

2 April 2015; Dublin captain David Byrne lift the cup, in the company of Fintan Slye, left, CEO EirGrid, and Chairman of the Leinster Council John Horan. EirGrid Leinster U21 Football Championship Final, Dublin v Kildare. P?irc T?ilteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
2 April 2015; Dublin captain David Byrne lift the cup, in the company of Fintan Slye, left, CEO EirGrid, and Chairman of the Leinster Council John Horan. EirGrid Leinster U21 Football Championship Final, Dublin v Kildare. P?irc T?ilteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Kildare's Neil Flynn produced an unerring display of accuracy in tonight's Leinster under 21 final but it was in vain as Dublin swept to a fifth title in seven years.

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Flynn, who has yet to make his senior debut, didn't miss a shot as he landed 11 points, six from frees, three from play and two 45s.

But Dublin's greater balance and their own brand of firepower, courtesy of Cormac Costello and Cormac McHugh who stormed into the game late, eventually told.

It was Costello's second goal on 45 minutes that gave them control after Kildare had hit four unanswered points, all from Flynn in the third quarter.

2 April 2015; Conor Mullally, left, and Cormac Costello celebrate at the end of the game. EirGrid Leinster U21 Football Championship Final, Dublin v Kildare. P?irc T?ilteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
2 April 2015; Conor Mullally, left, and Cormac Costello celebrate at the end of the game. EirGrid Leinster U21 Football Championship Final, Dublin v Kildare. P?irc T?ilteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Costello was well placed to gather a rebound from a Colm Basquel shot to give the champions a 3-5 to 1-10 lead at that stage.

Kildare's resistance was broken and despite Flynn continuing to land points from all distances Dublin eased clear.

Dessie Farrell's side had led by 2-5 to 0-5 at one stage in the first half with goals from Basquel and Costello, the second courtesy of a probing McHugh run.

But a Mark Sherry goal from Kildare just before the break threw them a lifeline and they trailed by just 2-5 to 1-6.

Eric Lowndes was a forceful presence throughout for Dublin at half-back while Eoin Murchan will be pleased to have restricted danger-man Niall Kelly to just a point.

Kelly looked to have suffered a serious leg injury in the closing stages and could now miss Kildare's Division Two relegation battle with Galway on Sunday.

2 April 2015; Conor McHugh, Dublin, in action against Darren Mcguire, Kildare. EirGrid Leinster U21 Football Championship Final, Dublin v Kildare. P?irc T?ilteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
2 April 2015; Conor McHugh, Dublin, in action against Darren Mcguire, Kildare. EirGrid Leinster U21 Football Championship Final, Dublin v Kildare. P?irc T?ilteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
2 April 2015; Niall Kelly, Kildare, in action against Robert Gaughan, Dublin. EirGrid Leinster U21 Football Championship Final, Dublin v Kildare. P?irc T?ilteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Scorers - Dublin: C Costello 2-2 (0-1f), C McHugh 0-5 (0-1 pen), C Basquel 1-0, S Carthy, A Foley, E Lowndes 0-1 each.

Kildare: N Flynn 0-11 (6fs, 2 45s), M Sherry 1-0, N Kelly 0-1.

Dublin: L Molloy; D Byrne, E Murchan, E Mullan; E Lowndes, C Mullally, R McGowan; S Cunningham, S Carthy; N Scully, A Foley, G Burke;  C Costello, C McHugh, C Basquel. Subs: E Fletcher for Mullan (32, inj), R Gaughan for Burke (37), A Byrne for Basquel (50), D O Cathmhaoil for Foley (52).

Kildare: C Heeney; B Byrne, D Maguire, P Mescal; R Houlihan, D Hyland, D Duke; R Moore, P Connell; C Fenner, D Fitzpatrick, M Sherry; N Flynn, N Kelly, C Healy. Subs: L Healy for Byrne (27), C McMonagle for Moore (37), D Flaherty for Healy (46), L Power for Connell (49), T Gibbons for Kelly (56, inj),  J Costello for Houlihan BC (59)

Referee: Niall Ward (Westmeath).

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