Wednesday 18 October 2017

Game At A Glance

Man of the Match

Maurice Shanahan (Waterford)

The wing-forward followed up his outstanding display in Tullamore a week previously with another star showing. His last-gasp goal was a cruel blow to a gallant home side, and he scored nine points.

TURNING POINT

Waterford fans were growing impatient with their charges until Brian O'Sullivan's well-taken goal in the 32nd minute. Despite Westmeath's continued commitment, the outcome was never really in great doubt.

TALKING POINT

Westmeath fans were not in good spirits after their footballers' shock defeat by Fermanagh in the preceding game, but they were well pleased with the hurlers' commitment, particularly in the opening 35 minutes.

MAGIC MOMENT

Liam Varley, just turned 18, produced a wonderful catch above Shanahan in the 23rd minute, as Westmeath hurled with great purpose and determination.

REF WATCH

An ill-tempered start saw Diarmuid Kirwan issue four players (two from each side) with yellow cards in two separate incidents in the opening three minutes. The game settled thereafter and the Cork official had a largely trouble-free evening.

WHAT THEY SAID

Michael Ryan (Waterford manager):

"We were expecting a tough game. Westmeath beat Laois in the league, and Laois are a good side who are still in the championship."

Brian Hanley (Westmeath manager): "I'm proud of the first half, but I'm not here for moral victories and I never will be. We needed to go in five or six points up at half-time, but we missed a goal and they got a goal. Waterford are a top-five team and we're not."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Waterford 13 (7 first half)

Westmeath 4 (2)

Frees:

Waterford 11 (6)

Westmeath 11 (8)

Yellow cards:

Waterford 3 (M Shanahan 1, S O'Sullivan 3, N Connors 16)

Westmeath 2 (L Varley 1, D Fennell 3)

Red cards:

Waterford 0

Westmeath 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Waterford's renaissance continues in the next round of qualifiers on July 13. Westmeath's summer is finished.

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