Morrissey gives Carlow lifeline as Westmeath fluff their lines
Carlow 2-12 Westmeath 0-17
There was a dramatic finish as Carlow fought back from six points down to knock Westmeath out of the Leinster MFC at TEG Cusack Park yesterday.
Westmeath appeared to be cruising when they led 0-16 to 1-7, but a 54th-minute goal from outstanding midfielder Jordan Morrissey gave Carlow a lifeline.
Points from influential subs Andrew Kehoe and Cathal O'Neill saw Carlow draw level with time almost up. Then, deep in added time, referee Fergal Smyth gave Carlow a highly questionable free and O'Neill kicked what proved the winning point of this entertaining spectacle.
Westmeath's John Tumelty, who was otherwise excellent in the second-half, spurned a last-gasp chance from a free to force extra-time.
The sides were tied at 0-5 each by the 26th minute, but Michael Murphy's goal helped the Barrowsiders claim a 1-5 to 0-7 advantage at half-time.
Westmeath were vastly improved in the second-half, but Fola Ayorinde's shot which crashed off the crossbar, at a stage when Westmeath were leading by six points, came back to haunt the home side.
Carlow now advance to the quarter-finals with fellow qualifier winners Laois and Wexford.
SCORERS - Carlow: J Morrissey 1-2, Murphy 1-1, C O'Neill 0-3 (1f), R Kane (1f) and C Doyle (2f) 0-2 each, J Byrne and A Kehoe 0-1 each Westmeath: J Tumelty 0-5 (1f), D Heavin 0-3 (1f), F Ayorinde, L Price and B Cox (1f) 0-2 each, J Moran, P Gorman and C Nolan 0-1 each.
CARLOW: J Rowan; S Molloy, R Gahan, T Roache; K Gaffney, J McCabe, R Hollick; J Morrissey, C Doyle; R McAllister, H Dooley, J Byrne; R Kane, M Murphy, G Healy. Subs: R St Ledger for Gahan (inj.,16); C Lomax for Dooley (39); M Gardiner for Byrne (42); D Ruth for Gaffney (inj., 44); C O'Neill for Murphy (51); A Kehoe for Healy (53).
WESTMEATH: J Nugent; C Gavin, C Kelly, R Keegan; E Cully, J Moran, P Geoghegan; N Cully, L Price; P Gorman, D Heavin, J Tumelty; T Daly, F Ayorinde, B Cox. Subs: C Nolan for Daly (28); O Hogan for Price (58); M Rowden for Gorman (60).
REF - F Smyth (Offaly).