Byrne leads way as Dessie's Dub cubs cut loose in a Lakepoint Park storm Whem Dessie Farrell spied the ghastly weather conditions in Mullingar last night, part of him might have feared the worst.
As it transpired, there was no need to worry. The chasm in class between his Dublin U21s, chasing a Leinster four in a row, and their Westmeath hosts was palpable. It was evident in the final scoreline a 14 point margin that admittedly soared into double digits as Westmeath's resistance folded in the home straight and the Dubs added 1 5 in the space of five minutes. But it was also evident in their cohesion and support play when this was still a contest during the first half. Na Fianna's Aaron Byrne was the executioner in chief, his 58th minute goal bringing his personal tally to 2 3 from play. Con O'Callaghan, fresh from his latest hurling heroics with oakley reflective sunglasses Cuala, was denied an early goal by Kevin Fagan's save but still finished with 0 5 (4f) before departing late on. Their reward is a semi final home date with Longford on March oakley c wire sunglasses 22. Strangely, given the final lopsided scoreline, Westmeath started in sprightly fashion with the first two points. But then Cian Murphy kickstarted the visitors with a fisted point as they rattled off 1 3 in a three minute blitzkrieg. Byrne struck after 11 minutes, bursting through the middle before his first effort was blocked by Fagan but the rebound at the feet of Dublin's razor sharp No 14 who finished first time to the net. Byrne was the star turn of that first half, clipping 1 2 whereas O'Callaghan had something of a mixed bag: by the 20th minute he had already offloaded six shots for a return of just 0 oakley ducati sunglasses 1 from play. In truth, the hosts were blessed that Dublin didn't add another couple of goals before half time, with Sean Bugler rattling the crossbar and O'Reilly teed up by O'Callaghan skewing low and wide. As the weather deteriorated on the restart, so did Dublin's fluency to begin with. Yet, even as Westmeath boss John Keane emptied his bench, there was no sign of a revival. Then the roof caved in during the dying minutes as O'Callaghan struck a brace of frees to bring his tally to 0 5; Byrne iced the cake with his second goal; and senior squad member Colm Basquel landed a brace off the bench. Scorers Dublin: A Byrne 2 3, C O'Callaghan 0 5 (4f), C Basquel 0 2, C Murphy, G O'Reilly, E Murchan, C Sallier 0 1 each. Westmeath: D Giles 0 2 (1f), D Conway, R O'Toole, N Mitchell (f), C Shanley 0 1 each. Dublin: E Comerford; D Byrne, S McMahon, S Clayton; C Murphy, C O'Shea, E Murchan; B Howard, A Foley; T Fox, S Bugler, G O'Reilly; A Byrne, C O'Callaghan, S Smith.
Subs: C Basquel for Bugler (ht), C Sallier for Smith (39), D Gavin for O'Reilly (48), A Elliott for Fox (57), D sunglasses oakley cheap McIllgorm for O'Callaghan (60). Westmeath: K Fagan; M Darling, R Wallace, P Murray; D Conway, M Kelly, B Sayeh; N Mitchell, L O'Reilly; E O'Brien, S Duncan, J Kearney; R O'Toole, S Clavin, D Giles. Subs: I McGovern for Conway (ht), C Shanley for O'Brien (ht), G Murray for Kearney (39), C Dillon for Kelly (39), T Adamson for O'Toole (51), R Curley for Clavin (51).
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