Goal edges Westmeath to victory
Westmeath 1-11 Wexford 0-11
Joe Halligan's 12th-minute goal ensured Westmeath emerged with a three-point victory in Enniscorthy yesterday afternoon. Both sides were in experimental mode player-wise. Wexford manager Paul Galvin, in his first competitive game, watched from the stand, as U20 manager Brendan Kehoe took charge. Through the opening 20 minutes, Westmeath controlled possession but over-elaborated in attack.
The sides were level at 0-2 each when Halligan got on the end of a Conor McCormack pass to shoot high into the roof of the net from an acute angle.
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Wexford picked up the scoring tempo with fine long-range points from Tom Byrne and excellent frees from Colum Feeney. Westmeath opened the second half with two early points by Callum McCormack and one from Conor McCormack.
Wexford had to wait until the 60th minute for a second-half score; a point from sub Shane Pettitt. Westmeath finished with points from subs Lorcan Dolan and Stephen Connolly.
Scorers - Westmeath: K Martin, Conor McCormack (1f) 0-3 each, J Halligan 1-0, Callum McCormack (1f), L Dolan 0-2 each, S Connolly 0-1. Wexford: C Feeney 0-4 (4f), T Byrne, S Ryan, G Malone 0-2 each, S Pettitt 0-1.
Offaly 1-17 Laois 2-12
Offaly had more in reserve as they opened their season with a win yesterday. Level at half-time, they were bolstered by subs Michael Brazil and Shane Horan while Cian Johnson landed three points. Two goals in a minute from Diarmuid Whelan and Michael Keogh had left Laois in the driving seat but a superb goal from Cian Farrell just a minute before the break ensured the sides went in level - 2-5 to 1-8. Laois had to play with 14 from the 61st minute after Evan O'Carroll was shown a black card and sin-binned for 10 minutes.
Scorers - Offaly: B Allen 0-6 (1f), C Farrell 1-1, C Johnson and R McNamee (2f) 0-3 each, A Sullivan, M Brazil, J Hayes, N Darby 0-1 each. Laois: E O'Carroll 0-4 (4f), D Whelan, M Keogh 1-0 each, P O'Sullivan, R Munnelly 0-2 each, G Comerford (1f), M Barry, D Aston, D Connolly 0-1 each.
Carlow 2-5 Wicklow 0-8
Carlow enjoyed the better of the exchanges in the opening half against Wicklow, reflected in their 1-4 to 0-3 lead at the break. Conor Healy's second-minute point for the visitors nudged them in front but the experienced Daniel St Ledger equalised. This was followed by a Conor Crowley point and a goal from a bouncing St Ledger 45. Wicklow started the second half well, with three points in succession. Carlow hit back when awarded a free in front of the posts. With only one defender and the keeper between the posts and the ball, Conor Doyle passed to the alert Robbie Kane who easily found the net.
Scorers - Carlow: D St Ledger 1-2 ('45, 1f), R Kane 1-0, D Foley 0-2 (2f), C Crowley 0-1, Wicklow: C O'Brien 0-3 (2f), M Kenny 0-2, C Healy, D Keane, M Jackson (f) 0-1 each
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