Moment of truth for Westmeath ladies on Sunday

A big weekend lies ahead for Westmeath’s senior ladies’ football side, who face Cavan in a relegation play-off in Kinnegad on Sunday (3.45pm).

The winner will be safe, while the loser will face Monaghan on Sunday August 18.

Cavan have played two challenge matches against the Lake County ladies this season, and both ended in a draw. So there is nothing between the sides.

Westmeath’s top scoring machine Sarah Dillon (Milltown) is out for the season with a dislocated shoulder, but there are high hopes that both Annie Dolan and Nikki Feery will be back to face the Breffni girls.

“This will be a titanic battle,” said Sean Finnegan, manager. “It will be a grind where we face a team where there’s nothing between us. That means that even though we are matched in terms of football, it will be a headspace game.

“When we went down to Kerry we missed chances and they missed chances and there was really only the kick of a ball in it. We were great against Dublin and Galway and Kerry.

“Cavan is our equal in this and neither of us would have started the season expecting a relegation battle but here we are. Our team is in great shape physically and it will be about who wants it most. It will be about grinding out a win."

Finnegan intends to field the same team as started against Kerry.

- Una D'Arcy, Westmeath LGFA PRO

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