Oonagh Whyte's brace of goals gave Dublin an eighth TG4 Leinster Ladies senior crown in a row and after winning the third of his tenure, Dublin manager Mick Bohan admitted he was delighted to see his side retain their provincial crown.

Dublin were pushed all the way by Westmeath, who only fell away in the final quarter when goals from the outstanding Nicole Owens and Niamh McEvoy gave them a strong winning margin.

"We have lots of work to do but we are happy with where we are at," said Bohan, who has led Dublin to consecutive All-Irelands as manager.

"We are obviously delighted. There are parts we weren’t happy with and parts we were really happy with, so it is a difficult one to gauge after nine or ten weeks without competitive action.

"We are delighted with some of the new kids who were really impressive. Oonagh Whyte had a fantastic outing. Caoimhe (O’Connor) and Sarah (Fagan) when they came into the fray contributed."

Whyte fired two key goals for Dublin in the first-half, which saw them recover from the loss of Sinead Aherne early on through injury and 15 scoreless minutes at the start to lead by 2-04 to 0-06 at the interval.

Westmeath defended stoutly before that point and their manager Sean Finnegan said he couldn’t fault his side’s effort.

"We knew it was going to be a massive task for us. We said 'let’s stay in this game’. We asked them for a big effort and we got it," said Finnegan.

"I am as proud as punch of them and they never threw the towel in. That is a serious Dublin team. A serious machine. The easiest thing would have been to pack the tent and go home. But they didn’t."