Sunday 25 February 2018

O'Neill goal seals draw

Westmeath 2-10 Carlow 2-10

The encounter between Westmeath and Carlow ended in a draw Stock photo: Sportsfile
The encounter between Westmeath and Carlow ended in a draw Stock photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

A great goal in injury-time from substitute Shane O'Neill earned Carlow a deserved share of the points against Westmeath in Mullingar.

John Heslin opened the scoring with a goal for Westmeath after 19 seconds. However, an eighth-minute penalty from Paul Broderick brought Carlow into contention. The visitors dominated most of the second quarter, but shot poor wides and should have led by more than a point at half-time (1-4 to 1-3).

Tom Cribbin's charges looked to have secured full points when James Dolan found the net from close range at the end of a cross from Heslin with normal time elapsed. But Carlow staged a last-gasp attack and O'Neill's powerful strike gave David Bryan no chance.

Scorers - Westmeath: J Heslin 1-5 (3f), J Dolan 1-0, A Gaughan 0-2, P Holloway, C Boyle, P Sharry 0-1 each. Carlow: P Broderick 1-5 (1-0pen, 3f), S O'Neill 1-0, D Foley 0-2 (2f), B Murphy, E Ruth, A Kelly 0-1 each.

Westmeath - D Bryan 6; J Gonoud 6, K Maguire 6, J Egan 6; J Dolan 7, F Boyle 6, S Corcoran 5; P Holloway 6, G Egan 6; C Boyle 6, C McCormack 5, D Lynch 6; L Loughlin 4, J Heslin 8, P Sharry 6. Subs: M McCallon 6 for Corcoran (19), D Glennon 6 for Loughlin (28), K Martin 5 for McCormack (h-t), A Gaughan 7 for C Boyle (52), D Corroon n/r for J Egan (66), N Mulligan n/r for Gaughan (70 + 2, BC).

Carlow - C Kearney 7; C Crowley 6, D St Ledger 6, K Nolan 6; C Lawlor 6, J Murphy 6, G Kelly 6; B Murphy 7, E Ruth 7; A Kelly 6, D Foley 6, S Murphy 7; D O'Brien 5, P Broderick 8, S Redmond 6. Subs: D Moran 6 for Nolan (55), C Moran 6 for J Murphy (55), S O'Neill 6 for O'Brien (69), J Kenny n/r for Foley (70 + 2).

Ref - P Faloon (Down).

Irish Independent

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