Saturday 18 August 2018

Burke reels in Lake men as Dubs book semi spot

Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 1-13

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Wasteful Dublin shot 19 wides but still managed to edge past Westmeath in wet and windy Mullingar.

Wind-assisted Westmeath got off to a great start and they led by 1-2 to 0-0 after five minutes.

The goal came courtesy of a great individual effort by Killian Doyle and the two points from his twin brother Ciaran, the first of them from a sublime sideline cut.

Donal Burke opened Dublin's account with a great goal in the sixth minute.

The visitors were wasteful from play and placed balls, while the Doyles, who accounted for all of their team's scores throughout the course of the game, kept the scoreboard ticking over for the home team, who led by 1-9 to 1-5 at the interval.

Dublin resumed in the fashion their management would have hoped for as the impressive Burke doubled his goal tally within three minutes of the resumption.

Paul O'Brien's troops continued to dominate proceedings but their poor shooting meant that Westmeath were always still in touch.

Niall Mitchell spurned a goal opportunity for Michael Ryan's charges in the 38th minute and an immediate Dublin counter-attack yielded an equalising point by Fergal Whitely.

Dublin took the lead for the first time in the 53rd minute when Burke slotted over a wonderful angled point to put his side ahead by 2-10 to 1-12.

Their profligacy continued right to the end, but Westmeath were overly-reliant on the Doyles for scores.

The Metropolitans led by a goal with 56 minutes elapsed (2-12 to 1-12), and despite four minutes of added time being played, both sides could only score one further point apiece.

Ronan Hayes registered his second from play for Dublin in the 62nd minute and Killian Doyle's seventh successful free came a minute later as Dublin secured a semi-final clash against Wexford on June 20.

Scorers - Dublin: D Burke 2-3 (0-1f); C Dowling 0-4 (1f, 1'65'); R Hayes, F Whitely 0-2 each; E Conroy, C Currie 0-1 each. Westmeath: K Doyle 1-7 (0-7fs), C Doyle 0-6 (1f, 1s/l).

Dublin - D Perry; D Ryan, P Smyth, S Howard; E Conroy, C Burke, D Gray; F Whitely, L Gannon; C Dowling, E Dunne, R Hayes; C O'Sullivan, D Burke, P Crummey. Subs: C Ryan for Gannon (23), C Currie for Dunne (h-t), C Costello for O'Sullivan (47), J McVeigh for Howard (58), A Mellett for Dowling (60 + 3).

Westmeath: B McHugh; N McKenna, K Regan, S Lancaster; J Rabbitte, C Kane, D Reilly; P Maxwell, C McCrossan; E Keyes, K Doyle, N Mitchell; J Goonery, C Doyle, F Heeney. Subs: P Doody for Heeney (inj, 7), J McCarthy for Doody (42), E Ahearn for Keyes (42),

Ref - J Heffernan (Wexford).

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