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Monday 5 December 2016

Blue is the colour: Rampant Dublin win Leinster title

12 July 2015; Denis Bastik, Dublin, carries his 5-month-old son Aiden in the Delaney cup. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Denis Bastik, Dublin, carries his 5-month-old son Aiden in the Delaney cup. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Dublin's Bernard Brogan with the Delaney Cup after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Denis Bastick, Dublin, carries his 5-week-old son Aiden in the Delaney cup beside manager Jim Gavin after the match. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Westmeath supporters leave the Cusack stand before the end of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton shakes hands with Westmeath captain Ger Egan after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin on the sidelines late in the second half. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Dublin players, from left, Cian O'Sullivan, Philip McMahon and Michael Darragh Macauley with Molly McNally, age 6, 3rd from right, from Balbriggan, and the Delaney Cup after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Dublin's Alan Brogan with the Delaney Cup after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, scores his side's first goal. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Westmeath players, left to right, Paddy Holloway, Paul Sharry, and Dennis Corroon. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Kevin McManamon, Dublin, celebrates with the Delaney cup after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Paddy Holloway, Westmeath, in action against Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin, right, celebrtes with goalkeeping coach Davy Byrne after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Five month old Aidan Bastick, son of Dublin footballer Denis Bastick is carried in the Delaney Cup after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Dublin's Michael Darragh Macauley celebrates with the Delaney Cup after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Jack McCaffrey, left, and Denis Bastick, Dublin, in action against Ger Egan, and Darragh Daly, Westmeath. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Paul Sharry, right, and James Dolan, Westmeath. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Delaney Cup after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton celebrates after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Tom?s Greally / SPORTSFILE

Dublin beat Westmeath by 13 points to secure a tenth Leinster title in 11 years in front of a crowd of 48,000 at Croke Park.

Jim Gavin will know that there is still plenty for the Dubs to work on ahead of the All-Ireland quarter-final after this display, however.

As expected, Westmeath employed a blanket defence in an attempt to stop the Dubs and this tactic proved reasonably successful in the first half.

The Lakemen limited Dublin to eight points before half time and were still very much in the game at half time (0-8;0-4).

Westmeath's resistance was eventually broken in the 40th minute when Bernard Brogan fisted the ball to the net following a fine team move.

The game was over as a contest less than 60 seconds later when Dublin raised the green flag for a second time.

Westmeath failed to win possession from the kick-out after Brogan's goal and Jack McCaffrey sprinted straight for goal and ruthlessly blasted the ball to the net.

The game petered out in disappointing fashion after the goals as both sets of players knew the game was over.

Despite falling so far behind, Westmeath stuck rigidly with their blanket defence and only managed to score two points in the second half.

There was no sign of the 'give it a lash' approach that the Lakemen adopted in the second half of their famous victory over Meath in the Leinster semi-final.

Paul Flynn and Dean Rock were wasteful at times in attack while Diarmuid Connolly will be happier with his display as the forward kicked three superb long-range scores as Dublin ran out comfortable victors.

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