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Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly benefits from Cluxton's kick outs

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly benefits from Cluxton's kick outs

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28 June 2015; Dean Rock, Dublin, is fouled by Mark Donnellan, Kildare, resulting in a black card and penalty. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

28 June 2015; Dean Rock, Dublin, is fouled by Mark Donnellan, Kildare, resulting in a black card and penalty. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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28 June 2015; Dean Rock, Dublin, is fouled by Mark Donnellan, Kildare, resulting in a black card and penalty. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

28 June 2015; Dean Rock, Dublin, is fouled by Mark Donnellan, Kildare, resulting in a black card and penalty. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly benefits from Cluxton's kick outs

DUBLIN'S seemingly unstoppable march to a tenth Leinster senior football title in 11 seasons gathered pace yesterday as they steamrolled Kildare by a record-equalling 19-point margin in Croke Park.

But the real drama from HQ came on the so-called undercard, as Westmeath shredded the history books in the most spectacular fashion imaginable.

They had never beaten Meath in SFC combat before yesterday, and that target looked a forlorn pipe-dream when trailing the Royals by ten points late in the first half.

But a spectacular comeback, led by Kieran Martin and John Heslin, propelled them to a shock 3-19 to 2-18 victory that was later likened to "a miracle" by winning boss Tom Cribbin.

Now, though, it will take an infinitely bigger miracle to stop the Dublin juggernaut. The Blues are 1/33 favourites to retain the Delaney Cup after their 5-18 to 0-14 blitz of Kildare.

Afterwards, Jim Gavin insisted he is not worried at the possibility that his charges won't be tested once before the All-Ireland series.

"We could have faced defeat today if we decided not to show up. It's a matter for ourselves to prepare the best that we can, that's all we can do," Gavin surmised.

Defender John Small could be a Leinster final doubt after departing with what appeared a shoulder injury.

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28 Jun 2015;   Dublin fans Michael Finucane, from Navan, with daugher Ruby, 8.   Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Dublin fans Michael Finucane, from Navan, with daugher Ruby, 8. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Caroline Quinn

Dublin fans (L to R) Elaine Kenny from Cabra, Yvonne hedderman from Cabinteely & Natalie Faul from Drumcondra at the Double Header Leinster Semi Finals between Dublin V Kildare & Meath V West Meath in Croke Park, Dublin

Dublin fans (L to R) Elaine Kenny from Cabra, Yvonne hedderman from Cabinteely & Natalie Faul from Drumcondra at the Double Header Leinster Semi Finals between Dublin V Kildare & Meath V West Meath in Croke Park, Dublin

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

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.

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

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

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

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

28 Jun 2015;   Dublin fans Kevin and Jill Phelan with daughter Grace, 5, and Jack, 3, from Lucan.   Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Dublin fans Kevin and Jill Phelan with daughter Grace, 5, and Jack, 3, from Lucan. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015;  Dublin fans Fergal Vaughan and Daniell Winters, from Rathfarnham.  Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Dublin fans Fergal Vaughan and Daniell Winters, from Rathfarnham. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015;   Dublin fans wearing shirts in memory of Alan and Steve Harris.  Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Dublin fans wearing shirts in memory of Alan and Steve Harris. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015;   Fans applaud on Hill16 for Harris brothers and Berkeley victims.   Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Fans applaud on Hill16 for Harris brothers and Berkeley victims. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015;   Fans applaud on Hill16 for Harris brothers and Berkeley victims.   Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Fans applaud on Hill16 for Harris brothers and Berkeley victims. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015;   Fans applaud on Hill16 for Harris brothers and Berkeley victims.   Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Fans applaud on Hill16 for Harris brothers and Berkeley victims. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015;   Dublin and Kildare fans enjoy a snack during the match. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Dublin and Kildare fans enjoy a snack during the match. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015;  Dublin fans Rob and Deirdre Mullen, from Beaumont, with children Roisin, 7, Aoibhinn, 4.  Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Dublin fans Rob and Deirdre Mullen, from Beaumont, with children Roisin, 7, Aoibhinn, 4. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015;  Dublin fans the O'Neills from Finglas; James and Tania with James Junior, 12, Daniel, 10, and Sam, 6.    Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Dublin fans the O'Neills from Finglas; James and Tania with James Junior, 12, Daniel, 10, and Sam, 6. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015;  Dublin fans Colm Lyons, from Rush, and daughter Saoirse, 2.   Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Dublin fans Colm Lyons, from Rush, and daughter Saoirse, 2. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

28 Jun 2015; Dublin fans Michael Finucane, from Navan, with daugher Ruby, 8. Leinster Senior Football championship semi-final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn


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