I thought Dublin were impressive enough yesterday. The shooting was off with wides and dropping short, but the weather was horrendous. Longford were pinned in their own half for most of the game, if they got it past midfield (and they had decent midfielders), they lost it on the next transition. The backs were very solid. It's easy to say it was only Westmeath, but they beat Meath (and it is easy to say it was only Meath > but then who can they be good against!), but that aside, it was a very polished performance from the six backs. Midfield was very solid also. The full forward line of Byrne, O Callaghan and Smith (I think) won loads of possession, if they had the shooting boots on, or if the weather was more kind, they could have scored for fun. The half forward line was probably the quietest, but didn't do a lot wrong. When you win by 15 points, you are generally in control all over the pitch.
Comerford's kickouts were excellent given the weather, long and short he found his man. Sometimes hitting the half forwards, very Cluxtonesque (and it's not the first or the last time that will be said of him). But he had a far better range of kickouts then he showed in the O Byrne Cup.
All over I thought they showed more cohesion then Farrell's teams usually do. I often thought previous teams were disjointed a bit, even winning ones. Basquel shone a bit when he came on too, he was mad for ball and went on a couple of nice solo runs that got right into the heart of the defence.
It wasn't all perfect, the shooting was atrocious, but then again so was the weather, and I would think that was the main reason.