Tuesday 20 February 2018

Westmeath problems 'not easily solved' admits Cribbin

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin is well aware of the problems facing his side
Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin is well aware of the problems facing his side
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

With the county facing a second successive relegation, Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin admits the county face some serious problems.

Westmeath are likely to go through the Division 2 trapdoor this weekend as even a win against high-flying Roscommon might not be enough to guarantee their league status for 2016.

The midlanders need to win against the Connacht side at home and hope that Kildare and Laois both lose if they are to avoid the drop. Despite some strong performances, three defeats on the bounce means they could be heading for Division 3 just 12 months after playing in the top flight.

"The effort in training is unbelievable," Cribbin said. "They are at it five nights-a-week between their own gym sessions and on the pitch. This is not easily solved," Cribbin told the Westmeath Examiner.

"Next weekend is a huge game and you wouldn't be looking forward to it the way we are, being honest."

Meanwhile, Galway's Paul Conroy insists they "owe Kildare one" ahead of their Division 2 game with the Lilywhites on Sunday after a last-minute Johnny Doyle penalty denied the Tribesmen promotion to Division 1 in 2012.

Galway can still be relegated or promoted depending on Sunday's results, but Kildare travel west needing a result to stay up.

"I remember that was a tough game. It was either us or them to get to a league final and promotion, but Johnny Doyle scored a penalty to level it late on," recalled Conroy.

"We owe them one since then I suppose, but we'll just stick to the plan and keep at it. It was a good performance against Roscommon and we are very happy.

"A win would be huge though. Another win and we'd be safe and the championship is only around the corner. There is not much of a gap there for us this year.

Irish Independent

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