Duggan teaches Westmeath a lesson
NUIG 3-27 Westmeath 0-11
With Clare's Bobby Duggan in fine form, NUIG proved too strong for an understrength Westmeath side in Saturday's Walsh Cup tie, played in cold but dry conditions at St Loman's in Mullingar.
Westmeath gave as good as they got in the early stages, leading 0-2 to 0-1 after six minutes, both scores coming from Brendan Murtagh. However, the students took control and fired over points from a variety of angles.
On the stroke of half-time, a great move ended with Duggan picking out Conor Whelan with a cross-field pass and the Galway man rifled the ball to the net. At the break, NUIG led 1-17 to 0-6.
The one-way traffic continued after the break, the students adding seven unanswered points in the third quarter, the best from Limerick's John Fox in the 46th minute. Substitute Allan Devine broke the monotony for the home team, but they were to add just four more points.
Two subs combined for NUIG's second goal in the 63rd minute, Ger Hennelly teeing up Aidan Helebert, who finished in style. With a minute of normal time remaining, the outstanding Duggan scored a fine goal to add to his dozen points, helping the Galway college to an unflattering 25-point victory.
Scorers - NUIG: B Duggan 1-12 (0-7f, 0-1 '65), C Whelan 1-2, A Helebert 1-1, P Mannion, N O'Brien 0-3 each, C Mannion, J Fox 0-2 each, J Hanbury, E Brannigan 0-1 each. Westmeath: B Murtagh 0-4 (3f), L Varley 0-3 (3f), D Egerton, A Craig, D Kilcoyne, A Devine 0-1 each.
NUIG - C Tuohy; G Forde, B Fitzpatrick, L Kilcline; P Mannion, J Hanbury, C Hanbury; K McHugo, O Donnellan; B Duggan, C Mannion, M Mullins; C Whelan, N O'Brien, J Fox. Subs: E Brannigan for Mullins (41), A Helebert for McHugo (45), G Hennelly for Fox (50), S Whelan for Mannion (inj 55), K McMahon for Donnellan (56).
Westmeath - S McGovern; C Shaw, A McGrath, K Duncan; A Craig, G Greville, J Rabbitte; K Murphy, P Lynam; W Casserly, B Murtagh, L Varley; J Galvin, N Dowdall, D Egerton. Subs: A Devine for Galvin (h-t), S Power for Rabbitte (h-t), D Kilcoyne for Lynam (h-t), F Dowd for Murphy (48).
Ref - T Carroll (Offaly).
Who is your sportstar of the year?
Vote in the Irish Independent Sport Star Awards and you could win the ultimate sports prize.
Prizes include, tickets to Ireland's against Scotland in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.