O'Carroll proves last-gasp hero
Maynooth Uni 0-10 Westmeath 0-9
Published 11/01/2016 | 02:30
An injury-time point from midfielder Evan O'Carroll deservedly earned full points for Maynooth University in a scrappy game in Moate.
O'Carroll and Ger Egan traded points from early frees before Paul Sharry edged the home team in front with a fine point from play.
Scores were at a premium, with Maynooth's Ronan Kennedy the liveliest forward on show, scoring two points from play to add to his earlier free. At the break, the sides were tied at 0-5 each.
A brace of points from Kennedy, the second gifted by Westmeath goalkeeper David Bryan, nudged the students ahead early in the second half.
A '45' by Sharry and a free by Egan tied up the scoring at the end of the third quarter.
The teams were level at 0-9 apiece when Eoin McDonagh produced a great save to deny Lorcan Dolan. Sharry was sent off in the 65th minute after picking up a second yellow card.
With normal time almost up, Egan missed a great opportunity from a free to edge Westmeath ahead, allowing O'Carroll to emerge as his side's hero with a last-gasp point which prevented Westmeath from making the semi-finals.
Scorers - Maynooth: R Kennedy 0-6 (3fs), E O'Carroll 0-2 (1f), B Duggan, R McManus 0-1 each.
Westmeath: G Egan 0-4 (3fs), P Sharry 0-2 (1 '45'), D Corroon, L Dolan, K Martin (f) 0-1 each.
Maynooth - E McDonagh; C Sheridan, J McCarron, A Brennan; T Gibbons, T Hannifan, C Slevin; F Conway, E O'Carroll, W Bright, B Mooney, B Duggan; R Kennedy, H Walsh, R McManus. Subs: B Mooney for Bright (53), C Gallagher for Duggan (53), D Kennedy for McManus (64).
Westmeath - D Bryan; J Gonoud, F Boyle, K Maguire; R Gorman, D Lynch, R Doyle; A Stone, D Corroon; S Daly, G Egan, E Quigley; L Dolan, P Sharry, K Martin. Subs: C McCormack for Stone (inj1, 8), J Dolan for Quigley (inj, 24), R Foley for Daly (h/t), D Whelan for Maguire (h/t), D Wallace for Corroon (BC, 50).
Ref - S Murphy (Louth).