Dubs Favourites For Leinster Final With Westmeath

On the face of it, this should be straightforward for Dublin writes Jackie Cahill.

It’s the fifth season in a row that the Sky Blues have met Westmeath in a TG4 Leinster Senior Final and they’ve come out on top on each occasion.

Dublin are gunning for an eighth successive Leinster crown and their winning margins against Westmeath in finals have been seven points in 2015, 28 a year later, 19 in 2017 and 12 last year.

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That would suggest another comfortable win for Dublin but Westmeath have been making the right noises ahead of this latest encounter, and have vowed to be competitive.

Not much has separated the teams in League outings this year and in 2018, with Dublin winning by just five points last March, and five last year.

A victory for Westmeath would send shockwaves throughout the championship, and Dubs boss Mick Bohan is keen to avoid an upset as he’s named 11 of the team that started in last September’s All-Ireland Final.

Three of the changes are enforced, with Sinead Finnegan and Carla Rowe both out injured, while Leah Caffrey is away in Canada.

Westmeath haven’t played a game since early April, when they ended their Lidl NFL Division 1 campaign on a high with victory over Tipperary.

That capped a successful League campaign for Westmeath, as Sean Finnegan’s Lake County stayed in the top flight.

Dublin, the 2018 League champions, suffered extra-time defeat against Cork at the semi-final stage, and will target a return to winning ways.

Dublin: C Trant; M Byrne, N Collins, R Ruddy; A Kane, S Goldrick, L Magee; O Carey, S McGrath; N Owens, N McEvoy, J Dunne; S Aherne (capt.), N Hetherton, N Healy.

Westmeath: L McCormack; R Dillon, J Rogers, L Power; K Boyce Jordan, F Claffey (capt.), K McDermott; J Maher, M.A. Foley; V Carr, S Dolan, L McCartan; A Dolan, A Jones, K Hegarty.