Dublin won their sixth Leinster title in a row today with ease and equalled the record previously held by the Dublin side of the 70’s.
Leading by one at the break of a forgettable first half the Dublin engine moved from first in the second gear and outscored Westmeath 0-09 to 0-01 after the first quarter of the second period to all but finish the game as a contest.
Still lacking entertainment the biggest cheer from the crowd arrived in the 50th minute when a streaker climbed the barrier at the Hill 16 end and ran almost the full length of the pitch naked before he was taken from the field to the startled expression of Dublin’s John Small who turned to be greeted by a sight he wasn’t expecting.
The second cheer of the day greeted the first goal of the contest, flicked to the net by Bernard Brogan after a sweeping move, that started with Stephen Cluxton plucking a point attempt by Westmeath above his crossbar, he played the ball Immediately out and Brian Fenton got on the end of the move and he hand passed the ball across to Brogan who applied the finish.
With a few minutes to go the Dublin support had another opportunity to raise a cheer when another well worked Dublin move cut Westmeath apart, Mannion played the ball inside to Kevin McManamon who went on one of his trademark runs and buried the ball into the top righthand corner of the net to put the icing on the cake.
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