Allianz National Football League Division 4
Westmeath 3-26 London 1-9
Westmeath’s senior footballers finished off the round robin section of Division 4 with a facile win over London in glorious conditions at TEG Cusack Park this afternoon.
It was one-way traffic from the opening whistle with John Heslin firing over a majestic point in the opening minute. Three Westmeath goals – all palmed to the net from point-blank range – from John Connellan, Shane Dempsey and David Lynch, in the seventh, eighth and 24th minutes respectively, helped them to a 3-12 to 0-0 lead before London’s best player, Rory Mason, opened their account. The home team led by 3-19 to 0-3 at the interval.
London had the small consolation of outscoring the table-toppers in the second half, albeit four key players were rested at half-time by Tom Cribbin, including Heslin and team captain, Ger Egan. Mason, in particular, continued to cause the Westmeath defence some problems and the Exiles plugged away manfully, scoring the last 1-3 of the game, the goal coming from sub John Daly at the end of a fine move in the 70th minute.
The visiting team included two Westmeath men – Greg Crowley (The Downs) and Dean Moore (Mullingar Shamrocks).
Westmeath now face Wexford in the divisional final in Croke Park next Saturday after what has been an immediate, and very comfortable, return to Division 3 status for Cribbin’s charges.
Westmeath: J Connellan 1-6 (0-2f), S Dempsey 1-4, J Heslin 0-5 (3f), D Lynch 1-1, C Boyle, C McCormack 0-3 each, K Daly, N Mulligan, D Glennon, J Rock 0-1 each.
London: R Mason 0-5 (2f), J Daly 1-0, L Gavaghan, M Jordan, J Branagan, K Hughes 0-1 each.
Stephen Gallagher; John Rock, Frank Boyle, Killian Daly; Cormac Boyle, Paddy Holloway, Noel Mulligan; Alan Stone, Ger Egan; Denis Glennon, Callum McCormack, David Lynch; Shane Dempsey, John Heslin, John Connellan. Subs used: Denis Corroon for Egan (h-t), Alan Gaughan for Stone (h-t), Tommy McDaniel for Heslin (h-t), John Egan for Lynch (h-t), Shane Corcoran for Mulligan (50), Alex Gardiner for F Boyle (54).
Conor Campbell; Ciaran Dunne, Cormac Coyne, Conor O’Neill; Philip Butler, Ryan Jones, Marc Jordan; Greg Crowley, Catahl Óg Greene; Jarlath Branagan, Rory Mason, Conor Doran; Dean Moore, Liam Gavaghan, Killian Butler. Subs used: Kieran Hughes for Jones (50), Martin Carroll for Doran (50), Danny Ryan for Coyne (59), David Carrabine for Jordan (59), Adrian Moyles for Moore (60), John Daly for K Butler (63).
Paul Faloon (Down).