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MINORS make hay in league rout

Dublin continued their preparations for the upcoming Leinster Minor Football Championship with a comfortable 4-16 to 0-8 victory over Westmeath in the Leinster MFL at St Finian's, Newcastle last Wednesday evening.

Following an emphatic win over Wicklow and a 1-12 to 3-6 draw with Offaly yesterday week, courtesy of two late Cormac Costello strikes, the Dubs maintained their unbeaten league campaign, pulling away after the interval to claim a 20-point win against Westmeath.

Westmeath, managed by former Dublin captain and manager Tommy Carr, were very competitive during the opening stages but two goals from powerful centre-forward, Shane McGrath of St Patrick's, Donabate helped the Dubs to a two-goal, 2-5 to 0-5, half-time lead.

Any hopes that the game would remain similarly tight in the second half were quickly dispelled as Dublin built a sizeable advantage following points by dual player Eric Lowndes, Niall Murphy and David Campbell.

A penalty from Templeogue Synge Street's Niall Scully confirmed Dublin's third goal of the night and the facile win was complete when Dean Brennan netted a fourth goal shortly before the end.

Little enough can be learned from comprehensive wins of this nature but Dessie Farrell and fellow mentors Philip McElwee and Alan McNally will have been pleased with the spread of 13 different scorers over the hour.

Dublin, who won last year's Leinster Minor League and championship, require a favourable outcome from this evening's remaining Leinster MFL contest in their round-robin group (Offaly v Wicklow) before their berth in the semi-final is fully assured.

Dublin's panel is beginning to take shape ahead of the defence of their provincial championship title with a tricky looking tie against Carlow in Dr Cullen Park on April 14 first up on the agenda for Farrell's charges.