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Dublin Sail To Nine-In-A-Row Following Drab Leinster Final Win

Dublin 1-17

Meath 0-4

It wasn’t pretty and neither team were really effective but the game finished as expected with Dublin collecting their ninth Delaney Cup in a row.

Meath kicked an awful lot of wides on a day where they stayed within touching distance fo Dublin until they ultimately showed their class and pulled away in the final quarter with help from Con O’Callaghan’s goal and Dean Rock’s impressive cameo.

Here are our key talking points following Dublin’s ninth Leinster title in a row.

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Scoreless Opening Ten

Meath started well. They harassed Dublin and were in their faces throughout as Dublin struggled to settle into the game. Both teams, however, were wasteful up front which made a scoreless opening ten minutes. It wasn’t until Ciaran Kilkenny converted in the 12th minute that a score was on the board.

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Dublin Soon Found Their Rhythm

Jim Gavin’s side soon found their stride, scoring five points back-to-back between the 12th and 25th minute.

However, while they may have gained a foothold, they still continued to waste chances. On two occasions, Dublin opted to try walk the ball into the back of the net instead of taking a point, both times, a tigerish Meath defence came out with it.

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Meath’s Tigerish Defending

Meath were first to most of the breaking balls throughout the opening period. Conor McGill twice won 50/50 balls against Cormac Costello. They put Dublin under consistent pressure and while they may have been four down at half-time, they only conceded 0-5.

When was the last time a team restricted this Dublin side to five first-half points?

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Meath’s Shooting Cost Them

Meath missed a number of very scoreable free-kicks. Had they converted some of these they would have set themselves up for one of the biggest shocks ever, however, they failed to do so meaning they could never get close enough to Dublin.

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Mannion Will Take Some Stopping.

Dublin’s best player on the day. Kicked a couple of beautiful scores from play. Mannion is still in the form of his life and at present looks like Dublin’s most valuable player which is no mean feat considering the quality of the Sky Blues team.

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The Most Undublinlike Performance Ever

Dublin were laboured. They missed numerous chances. They were slow and lethargic and Cormac Costello missed a 14-yard free, that says it all really.

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Dean Rock’s Contribution

I, personally had written off Dean Rock following Cormac Costello’s performance against Louth in his absence. I believed that Rock’s injury would prevent him from getting in the team this season such is the quality in reserve.

However, Dean Rock entered the fray for the final 15 minutes this afternoon and kicked 0-4. Three of which were absolute beauties from open-play.

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Dublin Turn The Screw When Needs Be

They played badly overall but when Dublin needed to close the game out they finished the game like a side that are going for five-in-a-row.

At seven up, Meath were still in the game and a goal would have sparked an intense finish but it was Dublin who turned the screw when needed, stretching their lead to 17 points before the end. They eventually won by 16.

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You Need Goals To Beat Dublin

Meath were able to keep Dublin’s points tally down to a respectable 17. This is exactly the number of scores you have to restrict Dublin to if you are to stand any chance of winning, however, you need to be able to score goals.

Dublin will fall eventually, that’s just the nature of sport and when they do it’ll be because a team sticks at least three in the onion bag.

 

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