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Hurling: Curtin has the final say; Dublin 0-16 W'meath 0-8.

REVENGE was sweet for the Dublin hurlers in Tullamore on Saturday when they recorded a double scores victory over Westmeath to retain their Liam McCarthy Cup status.

Two months ago Westmeath defeated the Metropolitans by 0-13 to 0-11 in the Leinster championship quarter final in monsoon conditions at Portlaoise.

But at a sweltering O'Connor Park, Dublin exacted revenge to send Seamus Qualter's side back to the second tier less than a year after they were crowned inaugural winners of the Christy Ring Cup.

Despite finishing the game with 13 players, Dublin always looked comfortable and in David Curtin, they had a free-taker who punished Westmeath time and again.

Curtin hit 0-8 - 0-5 from frees - against a Westmeath team who themselves were reduced to 14 men when Enda Loughlin was red-carded for a foul on Stephen McDonnell five minutes from the end.

Dublin's teenage midfielder John McCaffrey was the first to go when he received his second yellow card in the 56th minute. Full back Kevin Ryan followed him for an early shower just before the end on a second yellow card.

SCORERS: DUBLIN - D Curtin 0-8 (5f), S McDonnell, J McCaffrey 0-2 each, M Carton, J Kelly, K Flynn, P Carton 0-1 each. WESTMEATH - A Mitchell 0-5 (5f), D Mc Nicholas 0-2, B Murtagh 0-1.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2006
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