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Published: 16:28 | 17/7/16

Sixth successive Leinster crown for Blues

Dublin sealed a sixth successive Leinster SFC title as the reigning All-Ireland champions defeated Westmeath 2-19 to 0-10 at Croke Park.

Jim Gavin's men turned on the style after the half-time break, outscoring their opponents 2-12 to 0-04 to claim a 55th Delaney Cup.

Westmeath put it up to Dublin in the first-half at headquarters but they struggled to make it count on the scoreboard as the Lake County amassed three wides after just four minutes.

Paul Flynn had got the scoring started for Dublin inside the opening minute and eventually Westmeath found the target as John Heslin kicked his free-kick through the pots.

They exchanged points in the opening quarter - Dean Rock, Ger Egan and Denis Carroon all kicked points to - but neither side were firing on all cylinders as the wide tally climbed steadily over the course of the first half.

After Rock kicked Dublin into the lead in the 19th minute, Heslin kept his side in touch by converting his free just two minutes later only for Kevin McManamon and Bernard Brogan to restore the defending champions advantage.

Heslin added another free on the half-hour mark to reduce the deficit to one point before Rock struck with his fourth free of the day to put Dublin two up. With half-time fast approaching, Egan found the target from right under the Hogan Stand to make it 0-07 to 0-06 at the interval.

Having struggled to shake off their opponents in the opening 35 minutes, Dublin began to pull away in the second half, scoring nine points compared to Westmeath's one in the entire third quarter.

Goals from Brogan and McManamon increased Dublin's advantage as Westmeath's resilience faded away and it is the Boys in Blues who advance to the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals, while the Lake County must ready themselves for a qualifier.

Tyrone secured their first Ulster SFC title in six years as they came from behind to defeat Donegal 0-13 to 0-11 at Clones.

Mickey Harte's side trailed 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time but they battled their way back into the game and late points from Sean Cavanagh, Peter Harte and Ciaran McGeary ensured a first Anglo-Celt Cup since 2010.

Both sides racked up the wides in the early stages of the final before Niall Morgan and McShane scored to give Tyrone an early advantage. Donegal, meanwhile, had to wait until the 12th minute to get their first point on the board from Paddy McBrearty but it was not long before their levelled through Michael Murphy.

Ryan McHugh, Oran McNiallais and McBrearty all scored for Donegal as the half wore on, while Niall Sludden and Cathal McCarron pointed for Tyrone but their cause took a major blow when Mattie Donnelly and Cathal McShane black-carded.

It was Donegal who held a three-point lead at the interval and McBrearty wasted little time in increasing his side's advantage as he found the target at the start of the season half.

Tyrone, however, hit back with four unanswered points from Rory Brennan, Harte, Cavanagh and Morgan to keep their side firmly in the match only for Donegal to inch ahead again through a MacNiallais point.

Cavanagh drew Tyrone level once again before Murphy put Donegal ahead. With time running out fast, Darren McCurry scored with his first touch of the game to give Tyrone a chance but Christy Toye kicked Donegal into the lead in the final moments of the 70 minutes.

Six minutes of time were added on and Cavanagh produced a superb point to restore parity before McGeary and Harte kicked points late on to seal a famous victory.

It was second time lucky for Galway as they defeated Roscommon 3-16 to 0-14 in the Connacht SFC final replay.

The Tribesmen were in control from very early on with first-half goals from Danny Cummins and Gary Sice ensuring they had a comfortable 2-09 to 0-05 lead at the interval.

Cummins found the net for a second time with 15 minutes on the clock as Kevin Walsh's men eased to the provincial title.

Roscommon were unable to keep in touch with the Tribesmen and their poor afternoon was compounded by the late dismissal of Donie Smith.

They must now bounce back ahead of next week's qualifier against either Derry or Clare.

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