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Dublin: 15 °C Sunday 9 August, 2020


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Afternoon all and welcome to Croke Park for today’s liveblog. Kevin O’Brien here and I’ll be taking you through Dublin’s Leinster semi-fianl clash with Westmeath.

Here’s how the teams will line-out:


1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
3. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
4. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s)

5. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge-Street)
6. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
7. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)

10. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)
11. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)
12. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)

21. Darren Daly (Fingal Ravens)
14. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)
15. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)


1. Darren Quinn (Tyrrellspass)

2. Jamie Gonoud (Tyrrellspass)
3. Kevin Maguire (Caulry)
4. Killian Daly (Mullingar Shamrocks)

5. Mark McCallon (Garrycastle)
6. Frank Boyle (Killucan)
7. James Dolan (Garrycastle)

17. Alan Gaughan (Athlone)
9. Ger Egan (Tyrrellspass)

10. Callum McCormack (Maryland)
11. Paul Sharry (St Loman’s Mullingar)
12. Kieran Martin (Maryland)

20. David Lynch (St Malachy’s)
14. John Heslin (St Loman’s Mullingar)
21. John Egan (Athlone)

Dublin 0-1 Westmeath 0-0

1 min – Con O’Callaghan opens the scoring inside 20 seconds.

Dublin 0-1 Westmeath 0-1

2 mins – Excellent caught and point by John Heslin, who’s being tracked by Cian O’Sullivan.

Dublin 0-2 Westmeath 0-1

3 mins – Paddy Andrews opens his account.

Dublin 0-3 Westmeath 0-1

5 mins – Dean Rock’s first free of the afternoon edges Dublin two in front.

Dublin 0-3 Westmeath 0-2

8 mins – Kieran Martin sends over a nice score for Westmeath.

Dublin 0-4 Westmeath 0-2

9 mins – Fine score from O’Callaghan, this time off the left.

Dublin 0-4 Westmeath 0-3

10 mins – A good move results in Athlone’s John Egan converting his chance from a tight angle. Good start this by Westmeath.

Dublin 0-5 Westmeath 0-4

12 mins – Kieran Martin spins away from two Dublin defenders and kicks a good point. At the far end Paul Mannion splits the post.

CHANCE! Lowdnes plays in O’Callaghan who has his shot saved by Darren Quinn.

Dublin 0-6 Westmeath 0-4

13 mins – Andrews tags on a point for the Dubs.

Dublin 0-7 Westmeath 0-4

15 mins – Rock nails a free.


Dublin 0-8 Westmeath 0-4

17 mins – Ciaran Kilkenny opens his tally.

Dublin 0-9 Westmeath 0-5

20 mins – Fenton and John Egan trade scores.

Dublin 0-10 Westmeath 0-5

22 mins – Rock swings over his third of the game.

Dublin 0-11 Westmeath 0-5

25 mins – O’Callaghan sends over his third point of the afternoon. He’s enjoying himself out there.

CHANCE! Ciaran Kilkenny blasts over the bar with the goal at his mercy and Niall Scully waiting to his left.

Dublin 1-11 Westmeath 0-5

28 mins – Lowndes slipped past Alan Gaughan and David Lynch and played it to Rock for an easy finish. Dublin are well in control now.

Dublin 1-12 Westmeath 0-5

33 mins – Rock slots over a close-range free.

Dublin 1-13 Westmeath 0-5

34 mins – A wonderful Dublin move results in Mannion’s second point of the day.

Dublin 1-13 Westmeath 0-5

35 mins – Kilkenny adds another one for the favourites. That’s his second from play.

Dublin 1-15 Westmeath 0-5

35+2 mins – Mannion drills over another score.

Dublin 1-15 Westmeath 0-5 – HT

Dublin 1-16 Westmeath 0-5 

37 mins – Fantastic point from Mannion from distance.

Dublin 1-17 Westmeath 0-5 

38 mins – Mannion sends over another fine effort.

Dublin 1-17 Westmeath 0-6

39 mins – Heslin points a free.

Dublin 1-18 Westmeath 0-6

40 mins – Rock places over another free.

Dublin 2-18 Westmeath 0-7

42 mins – Ciaran Kilkenny won a mark from a kick-out and delivered a long ball into O’Gara, who caught the ball and buried it into the roof of the net.

Dublin 2-18 Westmeath 0-8

47 mins – Heslin slots over a free.

Dublin 2-18 Westmeath 0-9

50 mins – Heslin with another free after Brogan gave away a ball in the full-back line.

Dublin 2-19 Westmeath 0-9

54 mins – Kilkenny turns onto his right foot and splits the posts. Since Shane Carthy’s introduction James McCarthy is picking John Heslin up at full-back.

Dublin 2-20 Westmeath 0-9

56 mins – Mannion has time to pick the ball up and send the ball over the bar.

Dublin 2-21 Westmeath 0-9

59 mins – Shane Carthy breaks forward and slots over a nice point off the left.

Dublin 2-22 Westmeath 0-9

61 mins – Kilkenny wins a free and Brogan converts.

Dublin 2-23 Westmeath 0-9

64 mins – Mannion races through and scores his seventh point today. He hasn’t hit a wide yet!

Dublin 2-24 Westmeath 0-9

65 mins – Mannion again.

Dublin 2-25 Westmeath 0-10

67 mins – Mulligan gets a black card for dragging a Dublin player to the ground. Then McCaffrey kicks a score. Ger Egan responds with a good point.

Dublin 2-25 Westmeath 0-9

68 mins – Brogan lands over a crisp effort.

Dublin 3-25 Westmeath 0-9

70 mins – O’Gara passed to Kilkenny for that goal. McManamon tags on a point.

Dublin 3-26 Westmeath 0-9

72 mins – Fenton scores his second.

Dublin 3-26 Westmeath 0-9

73 mins – Carthy adds his second.

Dublin 4-29 Westmeath 0-10

74 mins – Heslin hits a wide for Westmeath.

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Kevin O'Brien