Heslin sees off Leitrim
Westmeath 2-18 Leitrim 1-9
With John Heslin scoring 1-11 at full-forward, unbeaten Westmeath defeated Leitrim by a well-deserved 12-point margin in windy conditions at Mullingar yesterday to maintain their drive for a quick return to Division 3.
Despite playing into the wind, the home side took control early on and they were already 0-6 to 0-3 ahead when Heslin scored a delightful goal in the 28th minute.
Westmeath led by 1-8 to 0-5 at half-time, but when Ronan Kennedy slapped home Leitrim's goal in the 48th minute the deficit was down to four points. However, Tommy McDaniel's opportunist goal, after Ger Egan's initial shot had come back off the upright, put the issue beyond any doubt.
Scorers - Westmeath: J Heslin 1-11 (7f), T McDaniel 1-0, P Sharry, G Egan 0-2 each, P Holloway, A Stone, K Martin 0-1 each. Leitrim: R Kennedy 1-1, N O'Donnell 0-4 (3f), D Moran 0-2, E Mulligan (f), O Madden 0-1 each.
Westmeath: D Quinn 6; M McCallon 8, K Maguire 6, J Gonoud 7; J Dolan 6, P Holloway 6, D Lynch 6; A Stone 6, G Egan 7; K Reilly 6, P Sharry 6, J Egan 6; K Martin 6, J Heslin 9, A Gaughan 6. Subs: D Glennon 6 for Sharry (inj., 56), C McCormack 6 for J Egan (inj., 60), T McDaniel 6 for Martin (64), F Boyle n/r for Gaughan (inj., 66), N Mulligan n/r for Reilly (69), C Boyle n/r for Gonoud (70 +1).
Leitrim: P Farrelly 6; N Plunkett 5, A Armstrong 5, F Carney 6; J Rooney 6, D Wrynn 7, O Madden 6; N O'Donnell 7, C Canning 6; R Kennedy 6, G Plunkett 6, W McKeon 6; E Mulligan 5, D Moran 7, B Gallagher 6. Subs: P Maguire 6 for N Plunkett (25), C Gallagher 4 for Canning (h-t), C Gaffney 6 for C Gallagher (BC, 53), K Beirne 6 for Kennedy (58), P Dolan 6 for B Gallagher (62), B Prior n/r for O'Donnell (inj., 70 + 3).
Ref - J Gilmartin (Sligo).