Cribbin confident Lakemen have turned corner
Westmeath 3-14 Limerick 0-7
Tom Cribbin thinks his side might have turned a corner after their convincing victory over Limerick in their relegation battle at the Gaelic Grounds.
Two goals from James Dolan and a third from John Heslin gave Westmeath a 3-7 to 0-5 lead at the break, before Callum McCormack finished the job with five points from play.
With just one point from a possible eight before this, Westmeath had a real battle on their hands to avoid relegation, but another win against Offaly or Longford should see them safe.
"It just clicked for us, it showed that we can play at a tempo, and at a pace and that we can get decent scores," said Cribbin.
"We want to stay in Division 3 minimum. That's what we have to concentrate on, and get the performances like that and then we are going in the right direction for the Championship."
Three Ian Ryan frees kept Limerick in the game, but it wasn't until the introduction of Peter Nash that they looked a real threat up front.
"The mistakes in the first half killed us," said Limerick manager John Brudair. "We have a crisis of confidence once we go behind by any appreciable amount."
Scorers - Westmeath: J Heslin 1-4 (0-3fs), J Dolan 2-0, C McCormack 0-5, K Martin, S Dempsey 0-2 each, R Connellan 0-1 (1f). Limerick: I Ryan 0-3 (3fs), P Nash 0-2 (1f), T Lee, I Corbett 0-1.
Westmeath - D Quinn; F Boyle, K Maguire; D Lynch, K Martin, P Holloway; D Corroon, P Sharry; R Connellan, J Heslin, J Dolan; J Connellan, C McCormack, S Dempsey. Subs: R Foley for J Connellan (24), J Egan for Foley (58), P Greville for Martin (58), S Daly for R Connellan (60), A Stone for Boyle (63), J Donoghue for Lynch (66).
Limerick - D O'Sullivan; S O'Dea, S Flanagan, J McCarthy; P White, P Browne, I Corbett; T Lee, D Tracey; P Ranahan, C Sheehan, S Buckley; S McSweeney, D Neville, I Ryan. Subs: K Ryan for Buckley (6), S Cahill for White (32), P Nash for Ranahan (h-t), K Fahy for Flanagan (h-t), J Lee for Ryan (54), S Kelly for McSweeney (56 BC).
Ref - J Hickey (Carlow).