Lyng finds top gear
Ciaran Lyng was in rampant form at Cusack Park yesterday as Wexford surged into a 0-7 to 0-1 lead inside 25 minutes and held off a Westmeath fightback.
After Wexford's early blitz, Westmeath -- missing the injured Dessie Dolan -- rallied with points from Paul Greville and Denis Glennon, but Red Barry's score left the visitors 0-8 to 0-3 ahead at the break.
Two more points from Lyng put Wexford firmly in control, with full-back Conor Cooney in commanding form.
Two points each from Glennon and sub Conor Lynam kept Westmeath in touch and a late Paul Greville goal revived hopes of a rally, but Brian Malone's point secured Wexford's win.
Man of the Match: Conor Cooney
Scorers -- Wexford: C Lyng 0-6 (2f), R Barry 0-3, L Óg McGovern, B Brosnan, A Doyle, B Malone 0-1 each. Westmeath: P Greville 1-1 (0-1f), D Glennon 0-3 (1f), C Lynam 0-2, F Wilson 0-1.
Wexford -- A Masterson 6; A Morrissey 8, C Cooney 9, J Wadding 6; B Malone 7, D Murphy 6, A Doyle 7; R Quinlivan 8, D Waters 8; S O'Neill 6, R Barry 7, L Óg McGovern 6; C Lyng 8, P Byrne 6, B Brosnan 7. Subs: C Morris 6 for S O'Neill (45), B Doyle 6 for R Quinlivan (52), G Sunderland 5 for L Óg McGovern (56), S Roche 5 for P Byrne (60).
Westmeath -- G Connaughton 8; F Boyle 6, K Gavin 5, J Gaffey 5; C Jordan 5, A Finnan 6, D Harte 7; D Duffy 7, D Corroon 6; F Wilson 6, P Sharry 7, S Quinn 6; P Greville 6, P Tormey 6, Denis Glennon 6. Subs: C Lynam 8 for D Duffy (34), G Egan 7 for P Tormey (h-t), J Dolan 7 for S Quinn (52), K Maguire 6 for C Jordan (60), D Daly n/r for F Wilson (63).
Ref -- S McNamee (Tyrone).