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Dublin take a big step towards title treble


By John Campbell

Dublin emphasised that they have a third successive All-­Ireland title in their sights in the clinical manner in which they disposed of Kildare in yesterday's Leinster final at Croke Park.

They may have had to roll their sleeves up a little more than they had too in their recent semi-final demolition of Westmeath, but yesterday's confrontation was virtually over as a meaningful contest when Jim Gavin's side plundered two ­early goals.

After that they were never seriously troubled by a Kildare outfit that showed grit and ­resilience but could not match their opponents for pace or cohesion.

Leinster titles may not carry great currency for Dublin now but 'Sam' undoubtedly tops their shopping list once again.

And with Con O'Callaghan landing 0-12 yesterday, manager Gavin's selection options are continually being enhanced.

James McCarthy and Dean Rock were the players who sent the team scurrying into the All-Ireland quarter-finals by landing points while the team's overall display hinted at their determination to remain on their throne.

In the Leinster minor football championship final Dublin also reigned supreme by beating Louth by 2-19 to 0-12.

The Dubs were always in command and underlined that their conveyor belt of talent is still fully operational.

Gavin, though, is understandably keeping a sharp weather out for Tyrone in particular following the decisive manner in which the Red Hands overcame Down in yesterday's Ulster final.

The fact that Dublin are now straight through to the last eight has heightened tensions in the race to the All-Ireland title and the indications are that today's draw for Round 4B of the qualifiers could throw up some interesting ties that will add to the appeal of the competition.

Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland camogie championship there were mixed fortunes for Antrim and Armagh.

In the Intermediate Championship Antrim were unfortunate to go under to Kilkenny by 6-2 to 2-12.

Antrim showed considerable resilience and resolve and in Orlagh O'Hara and Aine Devlin they had two players who certainly kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Devlin landed 1-8 while O'Hara scooped 1-2 but it was Kilkenny's ability to find the net that proved decisive, the Saffrons' defence unable to stifle their vibrant attack.

Armagh came up trumps against Clare by winning by 3-21 to 0-12.

Colette McSorley showed the way for the orchard county side by scoring 3-5 while Ciara Donnelly helped herself to 0-9.

Armagh may have lost ground in camogie recently but the week-end's result has provided considerable encouragement in terms of potential future success.

Victory over Clare has added a further injection of confidence but the team expect to meet more formidable opposition in the coming weeks.

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