Thursday 27 July 2017

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Brian Smyth (Westmeath)

The captain had an outstanding game, scoring 1-2 from play, including his side's crucial fourth goal.

Turning point

Smyth's goal with 10 minutes left was an immediate reply to Carlow's green flag from Edward Coady and reasserted Westmeath's control.

Talking point

The jitters which affected both Carlow goalkeepers for three soft goals.

Ref watch

Tom Carroll of Offaly did a good job. He maintained control all through in a sporting game.

What they said

Brian Hanley (Westmeath manager):

"We would be looking to be competitive against Galway but we have to step it up a lot on today."

Kevin Ryan (Carlow manager):

"The effort was ok but it was not enough -- we were not firing well enough. "

Match statistics

Wides: Westmeath 10 (8); Carlow 8 (3)

Frees: Westmeath 13 (6); Carlow 17 (9)

Yellow cards: Westmeath 1 (Philip Gilsenan); Carlow 2 (Shane Kavanagh, Jack Kavanagh)

Red card: Jack Kavanagh (Carlow)

Attendance: 1,500

What next?

Westmeath meet Galway in the quarter-finals, as Carlow head for the qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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