Dublin cruise to a 10th Leinster title in 11 years with facile win over Westmeath
Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 0-6
Published 12/07/2015 | 16:52
Dublin beat Westmeath by 13 points to secure a tenth Leinster title in 11 years in front of a crowd of 48,000 at Croke Park.
Jim Gavin will know that there is still plenty for the Dubs to work on ahead of the All-Ireland quarter-final after this display, however.
As expected, Westmeath employed a blanket defence in an attempt to stop the Dubs and this tactic proved reasonably successful in the first half.
The Lakemen limited Dublin to eight points before half time and were still very much in the game at half time (0-8;0-4).
Westmeath's resistance was eventually broken in the 40th minute when Bernard Brogan fisted the ball to the net following a fine team move.
The game was over as a contest less than 60 seconds later when Dublin raised the green flag for a second time.
Westmeath failed to win possession from the kick-out after Brogan's goal and Jack McCaffrey sprinted straight for goal and ruthlessly blasted the ball to the net.
The game petered out in disappointing fashion after the goals as both sets of players knew the game was over.
Despite falling so far behind, Westmeath stuck rigidly with their blanket defence and only managed to score two points in the second half.
There was no sign of the 'give it a lash' approach that the Lakemen adopted in the second half of their famous victory over Meath in the Leinster semi-final.
Paul Flynn and Dean Rock were wasteful at times in attack while Diarmuid Connolly will be happier with his display as the forward kicked three superb long-range scores as Dublin ran out comfortable victors.
Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Jonny Cooper, Rory O'Carroll, Philly McMahon (0-01); James McCarthy (0-01), Cian O'Sullivan, Jack McCaffrey (1-00); Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh Macauley (0-01); Paul Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny (0-03), Diarmuid Connolly (0-03); Dean Rock (0-02f), Kevin McManamon, Bernard Brogan (1-01).
Subs: Michael Fitzsimons for Cooper (ht), Paddy Andrews for McManamon (47), Denis Bastick for Macauley (51), Alan Brogan (0-01) for Rock, John Small for McMahon (61), Tomás Brady for Connolly.
Westmeath: Darren Quinn; Killian Daly, Kevin Maguire, John Gilligan; Paddy Holloway, Kieran Martin (0-02), James Dolan; Denis Corroon, Frank Boyle (0-01); Ger Egan, Paul Sharry, Ray Connellan; David Lynch, John Heslin (0-03, 2f), Shane Dempsey.
Subs: Kieran Gavin for Dempsey (ht), Callum McCormack for Connellan (52), Dennis Glennon for Holloway (53), John Egan for Heslin (61), Jamie Gonoud for McCormack (64).
Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)