Thursday 20 October 2016

Defeat should have hurt Westmeath more

Colm Parkinson

Published 29/07/2015 | 02:30

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin
Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin

Westmeath lost to Fermanagh in embarrassing circumstances on Saturday night. Fermanagh lost two of their best defenders to black cards in the first half and lost their midfielder in the second.

  • Go To

Despite these setbacks, they dominated the second half against a heartless, disorganised Westmeath team.

When the full-time whistle sounded the wonderfully vocal Fermanagh supporters invaded the pitch to celebrate with their players.

I was shocked at how many Westmeath players stayed out on the pitch, for up to ten minutes after the game, mingling and posing for pictures with some Westmeath fans.

I wondered how disappointed these players smiling with fans were. The Westmeath selectors were out talking beside the pitch among the supporters too.

I was looking around for Tom Cribbin who, understandably, made a quick exit to the dressing room. Being knocked out of the championship is heartbreaking. Dressing rooms I shared after a championship exit were like a morgue.

I think Westmeath's All-Ireland final was the Meath game.

Irish Independent

Read More