RTÉ Gaelic football analyst Ciaran Whelan said Dublin's 21-point defeat of Meath in tonight's Leinster final was "worrying for the game".

In Dessie Farrell's first season as boss, the Dubs claimed their 10th Leinster title in a row and it was one of the easiest yet, the five-time All-Ireland champions racking up a whopping 54-point scoring difference in just three games. 

Meath reached the Super 8s in 2019 and played Division 1 football in 2020, attracting some buzz after the restart, with improved performances in the league and a 12-goal haul from their opening two games in the Leinster championship against Wicklow and Kildare.

Any optimism fizzled out immediately as Dublin built up a huge lead in the first half, only relenting in the final quarter as Meath began to notch a few late scores in a forlorn bid for respectability. 

The 21-point margin of victory was ultimately greater than the 16-point gap that separated the sides in last year's decider. 

"They have their opponents psychologically smashed," Whelan said on RTÉ Sport after the game.

"They (the Leinster counties) don't believe they can take on Dublin. It's a huge task. They're beat before they arrive here. Dublin are so far ahead.

"It's worrying for the game because we're looking for entertainment. If you had 50,000 here tonight, half of them would probably be gone home at half-time.

"You worry that no one is putting their hands up to chase them down. 

"At minor level, Meath have comprehensively beaten Dublin a few times over the last few years. So you would be expecting that some of these counties would be beginning to close the gap. 

"It's not happening, and it's worrying. 

"At the end of the day, sport is about entertainment. And while Dublin were fantastic tonight, does it really give us an entertaining night? Probably not."