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Dublin began their Championship defense on the road on Saturday evening against Westmeath. They beat Westmeath by 11pts after having a nine-point lead at half time.
What a score!🏐👌
Westmeath trail at the break, but this was the score of the half! pic.twitter.com/9DjQ02FDNl
— Sky Sports GAA (@SkySportsGAA) November 7, 2020
Last year, Westmeath lost to Laois at this stage before going out in round 3 of the qualifiers. However, there is no back door in this year’s competition so Jack Cooney’s side will have to do the seemingly impossible and dethrone Dublin.
Westmeath returned to action a few weeks ago with a promising win over Laois. However, they couldn’t do the same a week later against Kildare. As a result, they remain in Division 2.
Originally, this game was supposed to be a home fixture for Westmeath. But, Sky are televising the game so floodlights were required to accommodate the 6.15pm throw-in time.
Cooney was less than pleased with the decision.
“Why not bring it to Cusack Park is what I would ask. They could bring it forward a few hours and give us a right crack at it.” However, he continued to say his team will bring their best to Portlaoise regardless for a crack at the holders.
Meanwhile, Dublin are entering their first Championship of the post-Gavin era. Dessie Farrell has taken control of the helm and so far the Dubs have shown no signs of slowing down.
Two wins from two since football returned was nothing less than expected. But, they had to work for the win in both games. Teething issues are nothing unusual as a team transitions to new management. In spite of this, Dublin retain most of their five-time All-Ireland winners. Thus, their dominance in Leinster will likely continue.
Paddy Power are offering 20/1 for Westmeath to cause an upset. Dublin are a very short 1/500 and a draw is 50/1.
You can watch the game on Sky Sports Mix.
Westmeath : Jason Daly; Jack Smith, Kevin Maguire, Boidu Sayeh; Jamie Gonoud, Ronan Wallace, James Dolan; Ray Connellan, Sam Duncan; David Lynch, Ronan O’Toole, Killian Daly; Luke Loughlin, John Heslin, Kieran Martin.
Dublin : Stephen Cluxton, Cian Murphy, David Byrne, Michael Fitzsimons, John Small, Jonny Cooper, Robert McDaid, Brian Fenton, James McCarthy, Eric Lowndes, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully, Paddy Small, Con O’Callaghan, Dean Rock
Leinster Football Championship Quarter-Final: Westmeath vs Dublin, Saturday, November 7th, 18:15 (O’Moore Park, Portlaoise).
The Westmeath Footballers take centre stage this weekend as they take on All Ireland Champions Dublin at O'Moore Park this Saturday evening. We wish the team and managment the very best of luck!#WestmeathGaa pic.twitter.com/XLUWAQU39s
— Westmeath GAA (@westmeath_gaa) November 3, 2020