Westmeath hold off Carlow come back

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Updated: May 22, 2011

Carlow 1-14 4-10 Westmeath, Dr Cullen Park FT

Match tracker
70min Ref blows final whistle
68min Brian Smyth replies with a goal for Westmeath.
65min Carlow goal by Craig Doyle
63min Three quick points for Carlow.
50min Murtagh and Dunbar exchange frees.
29min Dunbarr gets his third point for Carlow.
26min Dunbarr gets Carlows second point.
23min Goal for Derek McNicholas and Westmeath after poor play by Carlow keeper
21min Nice point for Westmeath
20min Westmeath looked to e in for a goal but a great save from the Carlow keeper.
19min Very low scoring so far.
17min Two poor wides from Westmeath.
14min Very poor by both sides with the breeze playing havoc.b
10minWestmeath go into the lead.
9min Brian Smyth levels up the match.
6min Two poor wides from Westmeath.
3min Dunbarr gives Carlow an early lead.
2min Brendan Murtagh hits a wide for Westmeath.
1min Match underway a little early.
0min The focus in the Leinster Championship turns to Dr. Cullen Park this Sunday as Westmeath travel to face Carlow (kick off 3.30pm) with a trip to Galway the prize awaiting the winners.

Team News
Westmeath team CHRISTOPHER FLANAGAN, DARREN McCORMACK, ALAN McGRATH, EOIN PRICE, ANDREW MITCHELL, PHILIP GILSENAN, NIALL FLANAGAN, BRIAN SMYTH, CIARAN CURLEY, PAUL GREVILLE, JOHN SHAW, DAN CARTHY, BRENDAN MURTAGH, ALAN DEVINE.
SUBS: DEREK McNICHOLAS, NIALL DOWDALL, PADDY DOWDALL, JOHN GILLIGAN, AARON CRAIG, ANDREW DERMODY, ADAM PRICE, COLM MACKEY, MARK KEEGAN, ANTHONY PRICE

Preview
Westmeath come into this game having not scored a single point in Division II of the Allianz Hurling League and were relegated to Division III. For this game though they received a welcome boost when their dual code star Paul Greville returns to the hurling fold having concentrated on football in the latter part of the league.

Manager Brian Handly is all too aware of the challenge that his team faces “Westmeath haven’t won a game in the league this year and they travel to Dr Cullen Park, so it’s definitely all geared up for them. It will be some achievement if we can pull this off. We have not played consistently for 70 minutes all year and that’s one of the things we want to change.”

When the teams met in the league this year it was Carlow that came out on top by 2-15 to 1-14. They also beat Kerry and Laois in what was a relatively successful campaign for them. In the build up to this game manager Kevin Ryan has urged Carlow supporters to walk their talk and show up and supporter their team

“A lot of people in Carlow talk a good game, but they don’t talk with their feet. It’s very disappointing when you see the attendances at league and championship games.

“Everywhere you go someone has a word to say about the county team, on websites and everywhere else. Then you go into Dr Cullen Park and there’s 60 or 70 at a game, they certainly don’t walk the talk.”

The game on Sunday kicks off at 3.30pm with Galway facing the winners on the 4th of June.

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