We take a look back at the last time Dublin and Westmeath met in Leinster action Dublin made bold statement

Dublin 4-29
Westmeath 0-10

Dublin start their 2020 football Championship journey tomorrow facing Westmeath in the last eight of the competition. It’s the first of five steps Dessie Farrell’s men will take in the hope of retaining the All Ireland title, and the historic six-in-a-row.

Tomorrow is the 20th time the sides Championship action, with Dublin edging 16 of those games and Westmeath winning 3, their most recent victory being 2004. In 2017 the sides met in a Leinster Semi Final, with Dublin flexing their muscles and putting in a more than convincing performance.

This game was all but over at half time as the Jim Gavin’s charges led Westmeath by 13 points at the break with the score 1-15 to 0-05 with the Dublin goal palmed to net by Dean Rock after good work from Eric Lowndes.

It was no more than a training session for Dublin but they were relentless and pressed all the way to the finish. Gavin brought on Eoghan O’Gara on at half time and the towering forward made his impact felt seven minutes later when he pulled a high pass from the skies turned inside his marker and buried the ball to the back of the net.

There were further goals by Ciaran Kilkenny and Kevin McManamon to seal an easy win for the boys in blue. Dublin’s standout forward was Paul Mannion who scored some brilliant points and finished with eight points to his name.

Scorers for Dublin:

Dean Rock 1-05 (2f, 2 ’45)
Paul Mannion 0-08
Ciaran Kilkenny 1-03
Kevin McManamon 1-01
Con O’Callaghan 0-03
Eoghan O’Gara 1-00
Brian Fenton 0-02
Paddy Andrews 0-02
Bernard Brogan 0-02 (1f)
Shane Carthy 0-02
Jack McCaffrey 0-01

Scorers for Westmeath:

Kieran Martin 0-03
John Heslin 0-03 (3f)
John Egan 0-02
Ger Egan 0-01

Dublin:

1. Stephen Cluxton
2. Michael Fitzsimons
6. Cian O’Sullivan
3. Jonny Cooper
21. Darren Daly
4. Eric Lowndes
7. Jack McCaffrey
8. Brian Fenton
9. James McCarthy
5. Niall Scully
10. Ciarán Kilkenny
11. Paddy Andrews
12. Paul Mannion
14. Con O’Callaghan
15. Dean Rock

Dublin Substitutes:

25. Eoghan O’Gara for Andrews (HT)
20. Shane Carthy for Cooper (43)
19. David Byrne for Fitzsimons (43)
18. Bernard Brogan for Rock (47)
13. Kevin McManamon for Scully (47)
23. Brian Howard for O’Callaghan (60)

Westmeath:

1. Darren Quinn
4. Killian Daly
6. Frank Boyle
2. Jamie Gonoud
5. Mark McCallon
20. David Lynch
3. Kevin Maguire
7. James Dolan
17. Alan Gaughan
9. Ger Egan
21. John Egan
11. Paul Sharry
10. Callum McCormack
12. Kieran Martin
14. John Heslin

Westmeath Substitutes:

23. Noel Mulligan for Gaughan (HT)
22. Kelvin Reilly for McCormack (49)
19. Cormac Boyle for Daly (50)
24. Shane Corcoran for Egan (52)
15. Denis Glennon for Sharry 57)
8. Alan Stone for Lynch (65)