Lynam on song for Westmeath
Conor Lynam led the way as Westmeath advanced to the semi-finals of the Leinster U-21 FC with a comfortable win at Athlone last night.
The captain scored six points (five from play) on a night when swirling winds made scoring difficult.
Despite playing against the breeze in the first half, the home side led at half-time by 0-6 to 0-3.
Offaly's first score didn't arrive until the 21st minute. That point came from midfielder Brian Connor, one of only two Faithful County players to score, the other being corner-forward Bernard Allen.
Offaly had plenty of possession in the second period but struggled to penetrate a packed rearguard.
And with Ian Coffey in fine form from frees and wing-back James Dolan contributing two points, Westmeath pulled away.
The margin would have been greater but for a fine save from Gavin Sheil, who denied Ger Egan.
SCORERS -- Westmeath: C Lynam 0-6 (1f), I Coffey 0-4 (4f), J Dolan 0-2. Offaly: B Connor 0-5 (4f), B Allen 0-1.
WESTMEATH -- E Carberry; B Moran, K Sheridan, K Maguire; M McCallon, K Martin, J Dolan; D Keenan, D Daly; A Corroon, C Lynam, G Egan; I Coffey, C McCormack, T McDaniel. Subs: J Gilligan for Martin (22); D McNicholas for McDaniel (25); S Flanagan for Keenan (53); J Egan for Corroon (53).
OFFALY -- G Sheil; J Ledwith, J Maloney, J McPadden; A Murphy, C McDonald, C Donohue; B Connor, B Geraghty; G Guilfoyle, R Allen, M Brazil; B Allen, P Rigney, P McPadden.Subs: S Guing for McDonald (25); D Heffernan for P McPadden (56).
REF -- F Barry (Kildare).