GAA Digest: Tough Dubs annihilate Westmeath, big hurling win for Clare and more
Down shows tough streak, Kingdom cruises to easy win, Kildare makes Leinster semis
Tough Dubs annihilate Westmeath
Dublin are still the form team in the country in terms of results, but Saturday night’s facile win over Westmeath at Croke Park on their Leinster Championship bow for the season told them little or nothing about their current standing or their prospects for the summer ahead.
It even prompted the opposition manager Pat Flanagan to call for a radical overhaul of the championship to ensure that Dublin meet their match in future years and his team are spared the ignominy of a Croker drubbing.
The history books will record that Dublin beat the Lakes County by a whopping 1-22 to 0-9, but the reality on the day was even worse for Westmeath as the Dubs raced into a 0-8 to no score lead after 22 minutes and led 0-12 to 0-4 at halftime.
With Paddy Andrews and Paul Flynn particularly impressive, they added a second half goal from Andrews to seven Bernard Brogan points to secure the 16 point victory in front of 33,008 spectators.
Kildare are next up for the Dubs, and for youngster Jonny Cooper, there is work to be done before the semi final next month.
The 2010 All-Ireland under-21 star insisted after the Westmeath win, “It went okay. Obviously we can improve in certain areas. I suppose the winning margin in the end was a positive thing.
“Westmeath were coming in with a Championship game under their belts and it was always going to be tough, the way they play the game.”
Boss Jim Gavin had particular praise for man of the match Andrews.
“Paddy is a quality player, always was. I had him at underage as well and he was always a talented player,” Gavin said.
“He is working very hard at his game and he knows as well as any of the Dublin players they are only as good as his last game. He has been very diligent so far and I’m sure he will continue to do that.”
Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton said he was not surprised with the win.
“We performed throughout the League so, I mean, it’s a game at the end of the day,” he said.
“Championship or league it is still a game you want to win and you prepare exactly the same so you shouldn’t have any difference in the outcome.”
Westmeath manager Pat Flanagan believes the gulf between the tops sides like Dublin and the rest is now alarming.
“We were just blown away by the sheer power, speed and strength of Dublin. Some of the scores they kicked were excellent as well. It’s totally an eye opener for us,” he said.
“Personally I’m really getting worried about the gulf that’s starting to develop. There seems to be a huge gulf developing between Division 1 and 2 teams.
“Or further down the line we saw last week Kerry and Cork. We played Carlow a couple weeks ago and I saw the dejection on the faces of the Carlow boys and I see it there in with us now.
“Maybe we should start revisiting how the championship is run. Had we won that game against Dublin, we’d have had to play Kildare in the next game and so on.
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Smithwick inquiry finds Irish police may...
- Obama relative gets personal special deal...
- Why Ireland needs to give its emigrants a...
- Amazing story of how Choctaw Indians raised...
- Married priests could well be Pope Francis'...
- 'Danny Boy' turns 100 and the experts explain...
- Sarah Jessica Parker opens her heart to grievin
- Most Americans are in favor of immigration...
- Pope Francis calls capitalism “new tyranny”...