Saturday 21 October 2017

Model not sitting pretty any more

ENJOY the good times, for you know not when they'll end! Take the cases of the Wexford and Westmeath footballers, whose rankings have dropped alarmingly since the autumn of 2008.

Wexford signed off that season as All-Ireland semi-finalists and Division 3 champions, while Westmeath were Division 2 champions and had run Dublin and Tyrone, the eventual All-Ireland winners, close in the championship.

Eighteen months later, Wexford and Westmeath have won just two of 23 league and championship games between them -- a remarkable turnaround for two squads which appeared to have put down such solid bases two years ago.

Westmeath are in real danger of dropping from Divisions 1 to 3 in successive seasons, while Wexford badly need to beat Offaly on Sunday to arrest their slide towards Division 4.

They will be encouraged by the fact that their only win since beating Armagh in the All-Ireland quarter-final in 2008 was against Offaly in last year's qualifiers.

Westmeath face a tough assignment against Armagh in Crossmaglen.

Irish Independent

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