Dublin footballers eased to a 15 point win over Westmeath in a rare day in the sunshine in Croke Park. In what was predicted to be a one-sided contest, a plucky Westmeath team at least kept the score down to a one point difference at half time. The first half was poor - Dublin looked to me to be a bit out of sorts and made lots of mistakes. The second half was very different - without moving into top gear Dublin moved ahead and suddenly the game was over. The margin of victory emphasized Dublin's dominance in the second half - in truth it was not a contest. Dublin picked off their scores with ease, while Westmeath struggled to create chances. The most entertaining thing in the second half was the appearance of a streaker - he was rather tamely led off by stewards.
38k plus attended the game - we even had a good attempt at a Viking chant. Nothing too much for the crowd to get excited about - the happy Dublin fans know there are sterner tests ahead. On the evidence of today, Dublin were not as dominant as they should have been - a small crumb of comfort for Tyrone, Mayo, and other teams still in the championship.
|Hill 16 waiting for a Dean Rock free kick.|