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Dublin out to prove their six appeal ahead of All-Ireland bid

By John Campbell

Published 16/07/2016

Dublin manager Jim Gavin
Dublin manager Jim Gavin

It's not so much a question of who will win tomorrow's Leinster Senior Football Championship final between Dublin and Westmeath as just what the Dubs' winning margin will be.

Jim Gavin's side have a sixth consecutive provincial crown in their sights and although Westmeath will offer their traditional feisty resilience, they are unlikely to trouble the short-odds favourites to retain the All-Ireland crown.

Dublin have rarely engaged first gear in the Championship to date and while Kieran Martin and John Heslin are likely to pose a few problems for them up front, the reigning champions are expected to stroll to another triumph.

Westmeath's outlook is in rather sharp contrast to that of their neighbours Longford, who have been the real surprise packet of the All-Ireland qualifiers to date by claiming the scalps of Down and Monaghan.

Today they will face Cork in a match that has captured the imagination of fans across the country, the carrot of yet another upset almost too good to contemplate in what has been a boringly predictable Championship season overall.

Longford have certainly no desire to add to the mediocrity and instead are focused on adding to Cork's travails.

And in a season which has delivered far too much mundane fare, Galway and Roscommon certainly took the biscuit last Sunday.

Their showing in the drawn Connacht Championship final was one of the poorest games witnessed anywhere for some time and both sides will need to show a marked improvement when they renew their rivalry tomorrow.

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