Dublin learn little from Westmeath mauling

 

Dublin 4-26 Westmeath 0-11:Dublin will have learned little after they trounced Westmeath by a staggering 27 points in today’s Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Pat Gilroy’s will now take on Kildare in next month’s provincial decider.

Scoring at headquarters turned into a free for all for Dublin, who hardly needed to get out of second gear to see off a hapless Westmeath side.

Alan and Bernard Brogan (2-08) were quickly into action and got on the scoresheet early along with Conal Keaney and veteran Jason Sherlock. After just 10 minutes Pat Gilroy’s side were 0-08 to 0-00 ahead with out reply.

John Connellan finally got Westmeath off an running a minute later but by the time the sides went into the break 1-14 to 0-04 to contest had already turned into procession.

Bernard Brogan and substitute Tomas Quinn (2-1) fired second half goals as 10 of the Dublin side got their names on the scoresheet.

Earlier today Galway booked their place in the Connacht Senior Football Championship final where they will face rivals Mayo after a closely contested Galway (1-13 Sligo 0-12) victory over Sligo at Markievicz Park.

Sean Armstrong was Galway’s hero as his late goal sealed the victory. Both sides had been level heading into stoppage time, but Joe Bergin pointed before Armstrong made sure there would be no replay.

Favourites Antrim came from behind to deny a spirited Down side in the Ulster SHC final at Casement Park.

A trio of injury-time points from Karl McKeegan, Neil McManus and Shane McNaughton denied Down.

Antrim led 2-09 to 0-09 at the break after goals from McNaughton and Joe Scullion.

Paul Branniff (2), Stephen Clarke and Andy Savage all found the net for Down after the restart as an upset lookedvery much on the cards.

However, Antrim kept their composure and eventually their 49th provincial title.

Results:

Connacht SFC semi-final
Sligo 0-12 Galway 1-13

Leinster SFC semi-final
Dublin 4-26 Westmeath 0-11

Ulster SHC semi-final
Antrim 3-20 Down 4-15