Late Donal Burke frees secure Dublin’s Third Leinster Championship Win putting them top of the table

Leinster Senior Hurling - Westmeath v Dublin

Westmeath 1-16
Dublin 0-27
TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar

They had to work hard but Mattie Kenny’s Dublin Senior Hurling Panel came out three for three winners this afternoon, dispensing of Westmeath in Mullingar. Despite a spirited performance from the home side, after a major defeat to Galway last week, it wasn’t enough to get them up and running in the Championship.

Leinster Senior Hurling - Table
Dublin sit top of the Leinster Senior Hurling Table after 3 Rounds

For Dublin however, this third win along with results in other games over the weekend, puts them at the top of the Leinster Round Robin Table with 2 games remaining. Those games will probably be their hardest tests, but nothing has stopped their momentum since losing to Kilkenny in the National League.

Donal Burke put Dublin’s noses in front in the sixth minute, with Niall O’Brien equalising minutes later, finally ending Westmeaths spell of five wides. Form here Westmeath went toe to toe with Dublin right to the interval, only trailing by one score on 0-12 to 0-11.

Despite Weatmeath Goal, Dublin Finish Strong

Seconds into the restart, Dublin substitute Fergal Whitely pointed. Killian Doyle’s accuracy from frees kept Westmeath in touch, but Dublin’s scoring was more free flowing. Rian McBride ended the game on 0-06, and in most of cases was free to roam into space to convert them.

Trailing by 0-21 to 0-15 Doyle narrowly missed a goal chance in the 55th. And McBride again added another Dublin point from the resulting puck out. Westmeath would eventually find the net on the hour mark with O’Brien kicking the ball into the Dublin net after Sean Brennan batted the ball into his path from a Ciaran Doyle attempt.

With the score at 0-22 to 1-16, Westmeath were unable to capitalise on their goal boost, with Dublin scoring 0-05 unanswered to finish out the game in style, three of those scores coming from the ever present Donal Burke.

Westmeath Scorers:

Killian Doyle 0-11 (10f)
Niall O Brien 1-03
Kevin Regan 0-01
Tommy Doyle 0-01

Dublin Scorers:

Donal Burke 0-11 (7f)
Rian McBride 0-06
Chris Crummey 0-03
James Madden 0-02
Fergal Whitely 0-02
Cian O’Callaghan 0-01
Conor Burke 0-01
Danny Sutcliffe 0-01

Westmeath:

Noel Conaty
Conor Shaw
Tommy Doyle
Darragh Egerton
Aaron Craig
Robbie Greville
Jack Galvin
Joey Boyle
Cormac Boyle
Kevin Regan
Derek McNicholas
Niall Mitchell
Niall O’Brien
Killian Doyle
Davy Glennon

Westmeath Substitutes:

C. Doyle for McNicholas (HT)
O. McCabe for Regan (53)
D. Clinton for O’Brien (65)
J. Bermingham for Egerton (72)

Dublin:

Sean Brennan
James Madden
Eoghan O’Donnell
Cian O’Callaghan
Donnacha Ryan
Paddy Smyth
Shane Barrett
Conor Burke
Chris Crummey
Donal Burke
Rian McBride
Danny Sutcliffe
Paul Crummey
RonanHayes
Aidan Mellett

Dublin Substitutes:

Fergal Whitely for P Crummey (HT)
Eamonn Dillon for Hayes (53)
Liam Rushe for Mellett (58)
Daire Gray for Barrett (59)
Mark Schutte for Rushe (65)