Double for Westmeath's Greville sees off the exiles
Westmeath 2-20 London 1-8
Westmeath recovered from a nervous opening period to record a win against an understrength London in the first round match in Division 2A of the National Hurling League in Mullingar yesterday.
Brendan Murtagh had an early penalty saved for the home team and a fine goal from Luke Hands in the seventh minute put the Exiles three points clear.
Westmeath, with Eoin Price excelling at centre-field and Murtagh on form from placed balls, gradually took control. Robbie Greville's 25th-minute goal put them seven points to the good. Another brace from Price and a fine score from Derek McNicholas helped Westmeath to a 1-12 to 1-2 lead at the interval.
Greville pounced for his second goal within three minutes of the restart and another Murtagh free increased the Lake County's lead to 14 points.
London rallied briefly with three unanswered points, but Westmeath took over again and it was generally one-way traffic during a lifeless final quarter.
Man of the Match: Eoin Price (Westmeath)
SCORERS - Westmeath: E Price 0-7, R Greville 2-1, B Murtagh 0-6 (3f), N O'Brien 0-3, D Clinton 0-2, D McNicholas 0-1. London: E Kelly 0-6 (4f), L Hands 1-0, M Lynch and M Ivors 0-1 each.
Westmeath - P Collins 6; S Power 8, A Craig 5, G Greville 6; A McGrath 6, T Doyle 6, L Varley 5; J Clarke 5, E Price 9; D McNicholas 6, R Greville 8, N O'Brien 7; D Clinton 6, B Murtagh 7, A Devine 5. Subs: J Boyle 6 for McNicholas (35), C Boyle 6 for Devine (45), E Corrigan 5 for Clarke (53), M Daly 6 for McGrath (57), C Shaw 6 for Craig (59).
London - J Barrett 5; N Rogers 6, M Ryan 5, E Collins 6; P Murphy 5, E Cooney 6, M Lynch 7; C Keogh 5, D Coffey 5; E Chawke 5, E Kelly 7, P Phelan 6; L Hands 6, B Gaffney 7, M Ivors 6. Subs: K Dowling 6 for Chawke (h-t), D Connelly 6 for Keogh (56), K Coen 5 for Phelan (56), M Holohan 6 for Coffey (59), K Reid 5 for Murphy (59).
Ref - D Hughes (Carlow)