Live score updates as Westmeath play Dublin and Offaly face Louth in the Semi-Finals of this year’s Cadbury’s Leinster Under 21 Football Championship as SportsNewsIreland reported back on March 7th, after the quarter-finals. .
Wednesday, 21st March 2012.
Navan (7.30pm) – Offaly v Louth
Portlaoise (7.30pm) – Dublin v Westmeath
Dublin v Westmeath preview
We will have new Champions in 2012 since last year’s title winners Wexford went out in round one, to Dublin.
Pat Flanagan’s Westmeath have named John Heslin, recently returned from Australian Rules Football at full forward against Dublin in Portlaoise. Though not yet at his best, since his return home, Heslin is sure to prove a handful for the Dublin defence . That said both Callum McCormack and Heslin will need even greater support if they are to defeat a Dublin side who proved too strong for Laois last time out. Manager Jim Gavin has named an unchanged Dublin side for this encounter.
Verdict: Dublin by two points in a hard fought battle with Ciaran Kilkenny a key man for Dublin.
Westmeath:1.Eoin Carbery; 2.Kieran Sheridan 3.David Gavin,4.Stephen Gilmore; 5.Darren Malynn,6.Ben Moran, 7.Kevin Maguire: 8.Trevor English 9.Alan Stone; 10 Ger Egan,11 Kevin Reilly,12.Jamie Gonoud;13.Seanie Daly,14:John Heslin,15:Callum McCormack
Dublin:1 John Brian Carty 2 Jack Smith 3 Kevin O’Brien 4 Michael Concarr 5 John Kelly 6 Luke Fletcher 7 Jack McCaffrey 8 Emmet O Conghaile 9 Conor Walsh10 Ciaran Reddin 11 Gary Sweeney 12 Mark Schutte13 Ciaran Kilkenny 14 Harry Dawson 15 Philip Ryan
Offaly v Louth preview:
Offaly manager Pascal Kernaghan welcomes back Paul McPadden after suspension while Graham Guilfoyle, David Hanlon and Mark Young have recovered from injuries. This will be their first game of this campaign away from Gracefield and they will be keen to progress to the final since this is a competition where the Faithful men have had little success in recent years.
For Louth, manager Colm Kelly will once again be looking to the likes of Cathal Bellew and Willie Woods to see them through this game but they will need to show better discipline than in their last outing when they received 10 cards and ended up with but 14 men.
Verdict: Offaly after a Navan thriller but by the narrowest of margins.
The 2012 Final is scheduled for Wednesday 4th April at a neutral venue