Corroon winner crowns Westmeath rally
Westmeath 0-14 Longford 1-10
An injury-time point by Denis Corroon snatched a second successive victory for Westmeath in a classic game of two halves in Mullingar.
Wind-assisted Longford dominated the first half, with Brian Kavanagh and Barry McKeon on form from frees, punishing Westmeath indiscipline.
A fine goal by midfielder Michael Brady in the 16th minute put the visitors five points clear (1-4 to 0-2).
Six minutes later, Paddy Collum pulled off a great save at the other end from John Connellan.
Kavanagh rounded off the scoring in the opening half with a sublime point from play and Longford led by 1-10 to 0-3 at the break.
Denis Connerton's charges failed to score in the second half as Westmeath patiently whittled away the deficit with Ger Egan, Callum McCormack and Kieran Martin on song in attack.
Longford continued to play a defensive game and they looked likely to hold on until a last-gasp free from Martin levelled the scoring.
In added-time, Corroon slotted over a fine point to win the day for Tom Cribbin's men.
Scorers - Westmeath: G Egan (4f), K Martin (2f) 0-4 each, C McCormack 0-2, L Dolan, R Foley, D Daly, D Corroon 0-1 each. Longford: B Kavanagh 0-4 (3f), M Brady 1-0, B McKeon (2f), A Dalton 0-2 each, D Gallagher, C Smyth 0-1 each.
Westmeath - S Gallagher; J Donohue, F Boyle, K Maguire; J Gonoud, A Stone, J Dolan; S Flanagan, D Daly; R Foley, G Egan, D Corroon; K Martin, J Connellan, C McCormack. Subs: D Lynch for Daly (inj., 25), J Egan for Donohue (44), T Watts for Flanagan (45), D Conway for Foley (55), L Dolan for Lynch (58), S Corcoran for Connellan ( 61)
Longford - P Collum; D Masterson, F Battrim, C Smyth; S Doyle, D McElligott, P Foy; M Brady, B Farrell; J McGivney, B Kavanagh, D Gallagher; B McKeon, A Dalton, D Brady. Subs: P McKeon for Doyle (44), B Gilleran for McElligott (47), F McGee for Gallagher (51), L Moran for Dalton (61), M Hughes for B McKeon (67), P McGee for Masterson (69).
Ref - M Deegan (Laois).