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Thursday 23 November 2017

Joy for fans as 31-point hammering takes the Dubs to Leinster final

Jennifer and Niamh Dowling, after the match between Dublin and Westmeath at Croke Park. Picture: Arthur Carron
Jennifer and Niamh Dowling, after the match between Dublin and Westmeath at Croke Park. Picture: Arthur Carron

It was a super Sunday for the Boys in Blue and their army of supporters as Dublin sailed through to the Leinster final.

More than 30,000 fans flooded into Croke Park to watch Dublin triumph over Westmeath with a final score of 4-29 to 0-10.

While it was a successful day at the office for Jim Gavin's team, there was some controversy after the game with the Dublin outfit refusing to partake in any television interviews after their win.

Banned

Gavin yesterday claimed that Dublin player Diarmuid Connolly's "good name was attacked," by certain media outlets in their coverage of his recent disciplinary case.

The Dublin manager rounded on what he deemed "the bile and the malevolent attitude," that "certain broadcasters," took in their reporting of the incident in O'Moore Park on June 3 for which Connolly was subsequently banned for 12-week, accusing RTE and The Sunday Game of "stepping over the line".

Outside Croke Park, however, Dublin fans were euphoric following the victory and are already looking past the Leinster final.

"We go to all the games; we try our best," said Niamh Dowling (26) from Glasnevin, who attended the match with her cousin Jennifer.

"It was brilliant, really good. Dublin will win the All-Ireland final, definitely.

"We were in the Premium Hogan but we wished we were on the Hill. It's electrifying over there."

The ladies noticed an increased security presence at the match, with all fans subject to bag checks on the way into the ground.

While Dublin fans enjoyed the match, some were hoping for a more nail-biting finish.

"This one was alright. It was kind of a whitewash. Westmeath did the best they could but Dublin are the best," said Sophie Flanagan (18), from Lucan.

However, the mood inside the stadium was still second to none as fans were seized by the big-match frenzy.

"The atmosphere in Croke Park is amazing. It's my favourite place to go," she said.

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