THERE was little to warm the heart for Mick O'Dwyer as he watched the Wicklow juniors comfortably outgunned by the Dubs at Parnell Park last night.
On top at midfield, Dublin began brightly with fine scores through their most impressive trio of Gerry Seaver, Harry Dawson and Shane Dunne.
Wicklow hit back when key man, centre-back Anthony McLoughlin, sent a long ball into his sharp shooting Blessington clubmate Dean Siney for him to crash to the net in the 14th minute.
But Wicklow were unable to build on this and a slicker Dublin were soon back on top, with last year's minor Dawson sending a great ball inside for Eoin Kinsella to blast to the net and send the Dubs into a 1-9 to 1-4 interval lead.
Wicklow were much improved after the break, using the long, direct ball approach and Siney was unlucky to hit the woodwork. But there was no denying Sean Fox's Dublin, with Skerries Harps man Dawson continuing to impress.
SCORERS -- Dublin: H Dawson 0-5, G Seaver 0-4, O McCann, E Kinsella 1-0 each, R Croft 0-2f, C O'Brien, J Noonan 0-1 each. Wicklow: D Siney 1-4 (2f), B Dalton, C Rowden 0-2 each, J Sheeran (0-1)
DUBLIN -- D Downey; R Pocock, B Hehir, E O'Connor; S Dunne, C O'Brien, G Dungan; S O'Connor, C Coady; R Croft, D Dineen, H Dawson (0-5); G Seavers, O McCann, E Kinsella. Subs: M O'Driscoll for Dineen (45), +S Whyte for Dungan (51), M Moffat for Croft (53), J Noonan for Kinsella (59), G O'Reilly for O'Connor (60).
WICKLOW -- W Hender-Phillips; J Bolger, P McLoughlin, P Higgins; D Healy, A McLoughlin, J Tanner; A Merriman, J Sheeran; R Lambert, N Meldon, B Dalton; D Siney, D Dillon, C Rowden. Subs: A Murphy for Meldon (ht), C Jones for Rowden (ht), W Dylan for Higgins (52).
Ref -- P Kneel (Louth)