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By John Campbell

The vast gulf that exists between Dublin and the rest of the field in Leinster was painfully underlined at Croke Park yesterday when Jim Gavin's side swamped a woeful Westmeath outfit by 4-29 to 0-10 to secure their place in yet another provincial final in which they will meet Kildare.

Goals from Dean Rock, Eoghan O'Gara, Kevin McManamon and Ciaran Kilkenny underpinned a lop-sided victory that did nothing for the image of the competition. The Dubs had virtually sealed their win within the opening 15 minutes - the mis-match was as bad as that!

Obviously Kildare will be expected to provide much tougher opposition for the Dubs in the decider given the quality of their display against Meath in their semi-final but on yesterday's evidence Dublin look home and hosed.

PJ Banville brought considerable joy to former Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney when he swept over a late point from a free that saw Wexford just nose to a 0-12 to 0-11 All-Ireland qualifier victory over Limerick on Saturday.

McEnaney currently holds the Wexford reins and is hoping the side can have an extended summer. Banville and Ciaran Lyng proved key figures in their win over a Limerick side that squandered too many chances and could only muster a point from a penalty.

In the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Group One, there were mixed fortunes for Antrim and Derry.

Antrim lost to Kildare by 3-12 to 3-10 but Derry showed sparkling form to record a fine 1-13 to 1-7 win over Kilkenny.

Karen Kielt (0-4) and Eimear McGuigan (0-3) were among Derry's top scorers in a game in which the side showed considerable resilience.

In Group Two of the Intermediate Championship, Down drew with Laois on a 2-11 to 1-14 score line. Paula Gribben scored all Down's points while Sarah Louise Carr landed their two goals.

Down club Burren certainly hit the high spots when they won the Feile competition outright by beating O'Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt by 5-7 to 0-6 in the final in Sligo on Saturday.

In the semi-final Burren beat Douglas (Cork) while in the group stages they got the better of Na Fianna (Dublin) and Salthill/Knockacarra (Galway).

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