Paul Bannon kept his head when all around him were losing their’s as a last gasp point saw the home side home to a hard fought win. The Lake County have thus earned their first two points of this campaign and will look now to push clear of relegation danger.
The end of this contest was very exciting as both sides probed for a winner. Galway will look back on this contest with a huge sense of regret after holding a two point-lead in the final minute of normal time.
Galway looked to have done enough to earn their second win of the campaign but Westmeath had seemingly earned a draw with over-time scores from Glennon and Heslin seemingly have earned both sides a point. That was until Bannon pounced to take the points for the Leinster side to snatch an unlikely win from the jaws of defeat.
It was always a tight game with the sides walking off level 0-6 apiece at the half-time interval. Heslin was the home side’s star man and he kept them plugging away. The 19 year-old; who has just returned after a brief hiatus in Aussie Rules Football was full of life throughout the 75+ minutes.
Westmeath, with the aid of a breeze in the second half, started the better and Heslin was joined on the score sheet with a superb effort from Ger Egan. Galway stuck to their task well and in the 50th minute were back in front thanks to a point from corner-back Ciaran McGrath. Both teams were clearly desperate to secure the victory and took turns in the driving seat throughout the remainder of the clash.
Scores from Heslin and Callum McCormack were swapped with efforts from Cummins and Seán Armstrong seeing the visitors taking the lead once more. Cummins missed a goal chance which would surely have sealed the game on 59 minutes but he blazed over when through on goal.
Paul Conroy proceeded to tap over what seemed to be the deciding score as Galway were 0-13 to 0-11 ahead with one minute of normal time on the clock. They hadn’t reckoned with Glennon and Heslin though, who squared the game up three minutes into injury-time and Bannon dramatically popped up with the winner with the last kick of the game on 75 minutes.