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Leech class proves difference

WEsTMEATH 0-19 Carlow 1-13

Westmeath came from four points behind with 11 minutes left to bring this losers section clash to extra-time at Dr Cullen Park last night, before easing to victory.

Carlow led at the break in ordinary time by 1-5 to 0-6.

Ger Leech helped Westmeath into an extra-time lead, but Carlow hit back and Chris Blake looked to have given them a second bite at the cherry with two minutes to go. Once again Leech struck, though, with two points, before Sam Moran pointed to seal success.

SCORERS -- Westmeath: G Leech 0-10 (7f), L Dolan 0-5, D McDermott 0-2, R Connelan, S Moran 0-1 each. Carlow: N Quinlan 0-6 (4f), K Chatten 1-0, C Blake 0-5 (2f), S Webb, M Furey 0-1 each.

Westmeath -- B Doyle; R Gorman, E Quigley, B O'Donoghue; A McCormack, L Corless, M McMahon; J Barrett, A Curley; T Watts, G Leech, TJ Fox; S Dempsey, D McDermott, L Dalton. Subs: PJ Maguire for Berrett (26), K Daly for McCormack (41), R Connelan for Fox (43), S Moran for Dempsey (55), A O'Brien for McMahon (63), M McMahon for Quigley (64).

Carlow -- A Murphy; K Chatten; D Hickey; G Power; F O'Toole; NSwan, C Murphy; J Dwyer; A Beaton; S Webb, M Furey, S McGrath; N Quinlan, R O'Brien, C Blake. Subs: T Kenny for Webb (36), J Murphy for O'Toole (41), C Fenlon for Hickey (59), D Walshe for Murphy (64), C Townsend for Furey 79.

Ref -- N Hand (Louth)

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