Mannion the main man again as Kilmacud begin Leinster campaign with easy win over Dunboyne
Kilmacud Crokes 2-17 Dunboyne 0-7
The gulf between Dublin and Meath football at senior level was in full glare once more in Navan's Pairc Tailteann as Kilmacud Crokes cruised to a 16-point win over Dunboyne.
Crokes could sit Cian O'Sullivan out for this Leinster club quarter-final and still rely on rising defensive stars like Andrew McGowan, Cillian O'Shea and Cian O'Connor to absorb Dunboyne's best shots with ease.
They could also afford to take Paul Mannion off in the 51st minute in the knowledge that the job was done.
By then Mannion had amassed 2-6, scoring a 40th minute penalty after he himself was fouled before adding a second goal within minutes when he pounced on a defensive error and once again showed his ruthless streak.
That gave them a 2-10 to 0-5 lead and killed any opportunity of the home side springing a surprise.
Dunboyne had opened the scoring with a Stuart Lowndes point but Crokes quickly took control and their comfort in possession was always evident.
Seamus Lavin was delegated the task of curtailing Mannion and did well to prevent a score from play from the Dublin final 'man of the match' in that half. But he had his hands full as Mannion stepped it up after the break.
Dunboyne were prone to conceding frees - Sean Ryan was black carded for one such foul - and both Mannion and Pat Burke were too happy to oblige.
Shane Horan was prominent for Crokes in building productive moves in that first half while full-back Andrew McGowan raided successfully for a 0-7 to 0-1 lead.
There was a Dunboyne response in the last 10 minutes of the half but, 0-10 to 0-5 in arrears, they were left with it all to do.
Dunboyne were without key forward Donal Lenihan who has gone travelling and will not be available to the Meath team in 2019.
Scorers - Kilmacud Crokes: P Mannion 2-6 (1-0 pen, 0-5fs), P Burke 0-4 (4fs), A McGowan, D Mullin C O'Dwyer (own point), C Pearson, C O'Connor, S Williams, C O'Shea all 0-1 each.
Dunboyne: S Lowndes 0-2, C Finn, D McEntee (f), R McCarthy, S Lavin, C Lowndes all 0-1 each.
Kilmacud Crokes: D Nestor; L Flatman, A McGowan, R McGowan; C O'Connor, C O'Shea, R McGowan, A Jones; C Dias, C Casey; S Horan, S Cunningham, C Pearson; P Burke, P Mannion, D Mullin. Subs: R Ryan for Jones (39), K Dyas for Horan (44), S Williams for Mannion (51), T Fox for Cunningham (53), M Vaughan for Burke (53), N Nolan for Dias (56)
Dunboyne: C Flynn; C O'Dwyer, S Lavin, L Byrne; G McCoy, C Finn, C Lowndes; J Donnelly, S McEntee; N Jones, S Lowndes S Ryan; R McCarthy, R Jones, D McEntee; Subs:C Doran for Ryan (22), J Scannell for Donnelly (41), D Gallagher for N Jones (46), M Dunne for D McEntee (53), S Comiskey for McCarthy (53), S Moran for O'Dwyer (56)
Referee: M Deegan (Laois)