Stylish Westmeath too good for Exiles
Westmeath2-16 London 0-13
Westmeath were too slick and classy for London on a bright afternoon at the Irish TV Grounds in Ruislip, picking up a comfortable win in the opening round of Division 2A.
The Lake County kept London at bay with a goal in either half courtesy of Raharney duo Cormac Boyle and Robbie Greville respectively.
Westmeath initially struggled to find their range, driving three wides in the opening six minutes.
Darragh Egerton got the visitors off the mark on nine minutes with a great effort from the wing, and the opening goal proved to be the game's turning point.
A hopeful ball into the box from Boyle evaded the full-forward line, and skimmed past London goalkeeper Padraig Buckley.
The sharp shooting of the impressive Brendan Murtagh kept Westmeath's tally ticking over, while the equally accurate Kevin O'Loughlin ensured London avoided a hammering.
Scorers - Westmeath: C Boyle 1-2, B Murtagh 0-5 (4f), R Greville 1-1, N Dowdall 0-3, D Egerton 0-2, P Lynam, N O'Brien (1f) and L Varley 0-1 each. London: K O'Loughlin 0-10 (8f, 1 '65), S O'Donnell 0-2, N McDonnell 0-1.
Westmeath - P Maloney 7; S Power 7, T Doyle 6, K Duncan 7; A Craig 7, G Greville 8, A McGrath 6; A Clarke 7, C Boyle 8; N O'Brien 7, B Murtagh 9, L Varley 7; N Dowdall 8, R Greville 8, D Egerton 7. Subs: T Gallagher 6 on for Duncan (40), A Devine 7 for D Egerton (40), P Lynam 6 for Boyle (58), K Murphy 7 for Murtagh.
London - P Buckley 6; T Lawrence 6, L Guale 7, S Murphy 6; F Collins 6, B Regan 7, B Kelly 7; N McDonnell 8, D Brown 7; M O'Dwyer 6, K Reid 6, D Roberts 7; S O'Donnell 7, E Chawke 7, K O'Loughlin 8.
Subs: C McAlinden 6 for Murphy (inj, 23), S Lambert 7 for O'Dwyer (48), S Griffey 6 for Kiely (52).
Ref - P Murphy (Carlow)
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