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Dublin stroll through for Leinster title showdown

By John Martin

Dublin eased into another Leinster SFC final as they maintained their four-in-a-row bid with this 2-25 to 1-12 semi-final win over Wexford at Croke Park yesterday.

It was all too easy for the reigning champions as substitute Cormac Costello (1-5) and Paul Flynn (1-2) supplied the Dublin goals on their way to a 15-point win.

The Dubs will face Meath who enjoyed an emphatic 2-16 to 0-17 victory over Kildare in the first double-header at HQ.

In Saturday's football qualifiers Carlow had a one-point win over Waterford, 0-17 to 1-13. Late points from Jack Kennedy and Daniel St Ledger edged Carlow over the line at Dr Cullen Park.

In the Leinster SHC, Kilkenny sealed a place in the final against Dublin with a 3-19 to 1-17 replay win over Galway. TJ Reid was in fine form for the Cats at Tullamore, bagging 2-11.

Waterford progressed to round two of the hurling qualifiers after a 2-22 to 1-15 victory over Laois at Walsh Park. Shane Walsh netted twice for the Deise who hit 1-5 without reply in the second quarter to ease away from Laois.

Meanwhile, at Saturday's Central Council meeting it was agreed in principle to complete all club championship activity in the same calendar year from 2016.

The development would mean the end of the St Patrick's Day club championship finals. A special group will be established to conduct a full examination of how the proposal can be implemented.

This group will report back to Central Council will detailed proposals later this year. Proposals for the re-design of the provincial championships into four groups of eight counties were turned down, as was a proposal to abolish the semi-finals of the Football League Division 1.

The Central Council also agreed to draw up a strategy to help less successful counties.

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