Score: Dublin 4-29 Westmeath 0-10 
It was competitive for the first 8 minutes as Westmeath traded scores with Dublin but then the class kicked in and Dublin never looked back in a thumping victory. 

What did we learn from it? Probably that Dublin are as hungry as ever and competition for places is fierce with the likes of Bernard Brogan & Kevin McManamon coming off the bench to keep up the relentless assault on Westmeath's goal. Much has been made of Jim Gavin's refusal to give individual interviews to the press after the game and instead
gave a press conference criticising the media for what he perceives as their role in getting Diarmuid Connolly his ban. 

It has since been suggested that Gavin is simply using maagerial tactics and attempting to create a siege mentality to increase Dublin's hunger for winning. It can certainly be an effective tactic as we've seen in other sports. 

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From a betting & tipping point of view this weekend, the value to be had on this one was in the handicap betting. One GAA tipster on the site tipped up Dublin to meet the -12 handicap at odds of 5/6 and didn't they just? They showed no mercy for their opponents and looked very fired up to send out a message across the country. 

Score: Offaly 0-16 Cavan 1-17
An expected victory for the Ulster side but Cavan's boss was an angry man following the win stating that their performance will not be anywhere near good enough in their next game. Gearóid McKiernan was Cavan's main marksman with some terrific scores but Cavan's other forwards didn't offer much backup in the way of scoring as Niall McDermott was the only other starting forward to score from open play. 

Much to work on for Cavan on the training field but they are through to the next round with a 4 point win. They face Tipperary in their game and the management know and have made their feelings clear that improvement is needed. 

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A couple of tipsters fancied Cavan to win this one and at odds of 2/7, it provided reasonable value. The 4 points margin of victory just let another tipster down with their prediction of a Cavan -4 handicap. 

Score: Down 1-14 Monaghan 0-15
Down produced a shock result as they managed to beat hot favourites Monaghan and in doing so reached the Ulster final for the first time in 5 years. Down had a nice spread of scorers throughout the game and the free-taking of Darragh O'Hanlon was pivotal as was his penalty early in the 2nd half as Down outworked and overwhelmed a lackluster Monaghan side. 

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This proved to be a let down for anyone who made a tip on this game with nobody managing to tip a Down victory. We've seen two brilliant displays from Down now but how will they fare against the organised and vastly experinced Tyrone in the Ulster Final? 

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