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Saturday 3 December 2016

Boys in Blue make it look all too easy on a glorious day at Croker for fans

Dublin fans Lucy Maddy from Swords at the Double Header Leinster Semi Finals between Dublin V Kildare & Meath V West Meath in Croke Park, Dublin.
Dublin fans Lucy Maddy from Swords at the Double Header Leinster Semi Finals between Dublin V Kildare & Meath V West Meath in Croke Park, Dublin.
28/06/2015 (L to r) Eimear o Brien Aine O'Brien & Deirdre O Brien all from Rathmines at the Double Header Leinster Semi Finals between Dublin V Kildare & Meath V West Meath in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dublin supporters left Croke Park wanting more - but not from their own side - after the boys in blue blitzed Kildare on a sun-drenched afternoon.

The fans would just like more of a challenge for the Boys in Blue, who in the end swept aside opponents in the Leinster Senior Football semi-final with 19 points to spare in a 5-18 to 0-14 victory.

Rob and Deirdre Mullen were there with their daughters Roisin (7) and Aoibhinn (4), and Rob was particularly unhappy with the showing of the Dub's opponents.

"I was disappointed with Kildare. They should have taken their chances in the first half, and put up a better fight. Johnny Cooper had a great game at the back, and Diarmuid Connolly was very strong," he said.

"I'd say Westmeath will be spirited in the final, and they'll give it a shot, but I can't see past Dublin," added Rob.

Westmeath earned their place in the final by beating Meath earlier in the afternoon.

The whole O'Neill family were there to cheer on their heroes.

"It was brilliant, but I thought Dublin were just coasting. It was too easy for them, from the start really. It was as if Kildare didn't even have any desire to win it. They seemed to just want a fight in the second half, there was no football from them," said James 'O'Neill.

"The first game was brilliant, fair play to Westmeath, they deserved to win it, and they just kept fighting," he added.

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With the game over as a contest by half-time, some couldn't even get themselves to stay for the duration - Fergal Vaughan (34) and Daniela Winters (25) nipped off for a pint instead.

A regular at Dublin games, it was the first time he had left a game before full-time, but as Dublin continued their run of brushing past provincial opponents with consummate ease, boredom finally sunk in.

"We saw the first half, but it was all over by then, so we just went off for a few pints," said Fergal.

"It was a non-contest, and it's annoying that it's too easy. We'd love someone to give Dublin a bit of a test, but that won't come until we get the big hitters in the quarter or semi finals," added Fergal.

Westmeath fans were in good spirits as they left Croke Park stadium, chanting "we're going to win the Sam", but Colm Lyons, isn't so sure, and is happy the Dubs will take on Fermanagh in Leinster final.

"It was too easy today, and I'm delighted Westmeath won too ... Bring it on," he said.

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