Dublin blitz Westmeath to become kings again in this Leinster Final Flashback

Dublin 2-13
Westmeath 0-06

In a juggernaut performance Jim Gavin’s Dublin Senior Panel put in a second half hammering to kill the game leaving Westmeath no chance in this Leinster Football Final.

Two goals in the space of a minute from Bernard Brogan and Jack McCaffrey completely took the game from the midlanders, if it had not already fallen away. But this was a disciplined and methodical Dublin attack.

While Longford and Kildare trailed the Dubs by 12 and 13 points at half time, Tom Cribbin’s tactics ensured that at the very least Westmeath were not out of touching distance with an 0-08 to 0-04 half time score.

But Dublin’s killer instinct came to the fore in the second half, reeling off 2-01 in the blink of an eye, and all of a sudden the gap went from 0-04 to 0-11.

Gone in 60 Seconds

For Dublin’s first, Paul Flynn skinned Paul Greville and hand passed the ball across to the back post where Bernard Brogan won the battle with Darren Quinn to get the ball over the line.

On the restart, Jack McCaffrey burst forward and finished the move perfectly finding the net. From here the game really fizzled out, with proof of only four scores in the closing 28 minutes of play.

But Westmeath had certainly done their homework and in the first half. Dublin seemed wasteful with the ball at times, and had they had a little more composure, Westmeath could have finished the half closer to Dublin than 0-04. But the Dub’s pressed Joh Heslin and Shane Dempsey all day, forcing shots from distance, half a dozen of them dropping short into Stephen Cluxton.

The second half only reaped 0-02 for the Midlanders, but showcased two amazing points, one either side of Dublin’s two goals. Diarmuid Connolly sent a pin point cross field ball to Ciaran Kilkenny, who knocked his third of the afternoon over, while bernard Brogan sent a trademark score over his shoulder, even losing balance.

Dublin set their sights on the All Ireland Quarter Finals, with Westmeath beginning plans for Round 4 of the Qualifiers and their own shot at a place in the last eight.

Scorers for Dublin:

Bernard Brogan 1-01
Jack McCaffrey 1-00
Ciaran Kilkenny 0-03
Diarmuid Connolly 0-03
Dean Rock 0-02 (2f)
Philip McMahon 0-01
James McCarthy 0-01
Michael Darragh Macauley 0-01
Alan Brogan 0-01

Scorers for Westmeath:

John Heslin 0-03 (2f)
Kieran Martin 0-02
Francis Boyle 0-01

Dublin:

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnell’s)
2. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
3. Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes)
4. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
7. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)
8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
10. Paul Flynn (Fingallians)
11. Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)
12. Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s)
13. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)
14. Kevin McManamon (St Jude’s)
15. Bernard Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh)

Substitutions:

23. Michael Fitzsimons for Cooper (HT)
17. Paddy Andrews for McManamon (47)
18. Denis Bastick for Macauley (51)
20. Alan Brogan for Rock (55)
26. John Small for McMahon (61)
19. Tomás Brady for Connolly (65)

Westmeath:

1. Darren Quinn (Tyrrellspass)
2. Killian Daly (Mullingar Shamrocks)
3. Kevin Maguire (Caulry)
4. John Gilligan (Ballymore)
5. Paddy Holloway (Castledaly)
6. Kieran Martin (Maryland)
7. James Dolan (Garrycastle)
8. Denis Corroon (Mullingar Shamrocks)
17. Francis Boyle (Killucan)
10. Ger Egan (Tyrrellspass, capt.)
11. Paul Sharry (St Loman’s)
12. Ray Connellan (Athlone)
24. David Lynch (St. Malachy’s)
14. John Heslin (St Loman’s)
15. Shane Dempsey (St Loman’s)

Substitutions:

23. Paul Greville for J Connellan (HT)
20. Ciarain Galvin for Dempsey (HT)
25. Callum McCormack for R Connellan (52)
21. Denis Glennon for Holloway (53)
18. John Egan for Heslin (62)
22. Jamie Gonoud for McCormack (64)