27 Jun


Posted by Martin Furlong in Match Previews / Reports,News | Jun 2017

Dublin as expected made easy work of Westmeath which has yet again brought up the debate of a tiered championship.

Garbage time is a term often used in American sports to describe the period toward the end of a timed sporting event that has become a blowout when the outcome of the game has already been decided. When Dean Rock scored Dublin’s opening goal we were facing into 40 minutes of garbage time with the Dubs having a heavy 13-point lead at half-time.

The opening exchanges were promising however, as the scoreboard read 5-4 in favour of Dublin with Westmeath surviving early Dublin goal opportunities as well as Kieran Martin having the better of the exchanges with his counterpart Michael Fitzsimons.

However, this would be as close as Westmeath would come. In some ways, it was their own doing as their inability to win their own kick-out’s, winning only four of their 17 restarts. Anyone who affords this much possession to this Dublin side will be punished and Westmeath certainly were.

Dublin were content to take their points with the impressive duo of Paul Mannion and Con O’Callaghan both racking up three points each. Dublin finally found the net on the 28th minute when Rock punched home a pass from Eric Lowndes into the Westmeath net. The game as a contest was over and Dublin led 1-15 to 0-05 at the break.

If Dublin were content to take points in the first half they certainly stepped up a gear in the second half. Eoghan O’Gara replaced Paddy Andrews at half-time and sent a message to Jim Gavin by scoring Dublin’s second goal. A Ciaran Kilkenny delivery was caught by O’Gara who outmuscled his opponent Killian Daly in an aerial duel, turned and rifled the ball to the roof of the Westmeath net.

With Westmeath tiring and certainly deflated, Jim Gavin was not going to do Westmeath any favours by bringing on subs such as Kevin McManamon and Bernard Brogan. Their introduction brought another spark into the Dublin side with both players obviously desperate to get into the starting 15. Kilkenny added Dublin’s third goal and McManamon adding a fourth as Dublin eased to a facile 31-point victory.

Dublin: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, J Cooper, E Lowndes; D Daly, C O’Sullivan, J McCaffrey (0-1); B Fenton (0-2), J McCarthy; C Kilkenny (1-3), C O’Callaghan (0-3), N Scully; D Rock (1-5, 3f, 2 45), P Andrews (0-2), P Mannion (0-8). Subs E O’Gara (1-0) for Andrews ht; S Carthy (0-2) for Cooper 43m; D Byrne for Fitzsimons 43m; B Brogan (0-2, 1f) for Rock 47m; K McManamon (1-1) for Scully 47m; B Howard for O’Callaghan 60m

Westmeath: D Quinn; J Gonoud, K Maguire, K Daly; M Callon, F Boyle, J Dolan; A Gaughan, G Egan (0-1); C McCormack, P Sharry, K Martin (0-3); D Lynch, J Heslin (0-4, 3f), J Egan (0-2). Subs: N Mulligan for Gaughan ht; K Reilly for McCormack 49m; C Boyle for Daly 50m; S Corcoran for Egan 53m; D Glennon for Sharry 57m; A Stone for Lynch 65m

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)


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