Wednesday 21 March 2018

Curley gives Westmeath hope

Westmeath 1-14
Antrim 1-13

Westmeath edged to their first win of the league campaign to give themselves hope of avoiding the drop.

Their heart and commitment belied their form, and their 1-7 to 0-9 half-time lead flattered Antrim. The goal came in the 16th minute when Ciaran Curley rifled home from close range after the outstanding Darren McCormack sent in a dangerous ball.

Antrim went in front six minutes into the second half when Shane McNaughton fired in a goal from 20 metres. It was nip and tuck thereafter and the sides were tied at 1-12 apiece with eight minutes remaining. Brendan Murtagh's free and a fine score from play from 60 metres by Derek McNicholas edged the hosts ahead.

McNaughton then received a straight red card and, in the last action of the game, visiting sub Paul Shields tried to blast home a winning goal, but his 25-metre free flew over rather than under the bar.

Scorers -- Westmeath: B Murtagh 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 '65), D McNicholas 0-4, C Curley 1-0, A Dowdall 0-2, J Clarke, E Price, D Carty 0-1 each. Antrim: S McNaughton 1-6 (0-4f), K McKeegan (0-2f, 0-1 '65') and P Shields (0-2f) 0-3 each, PJ O'Connell 0-1.

Westmeath -- B McLoughlin; G Gavin, A Price, C Jordan; J Shaw, A Mitchell, D McCormack; N Flanagan, E Price; A Dowdall, D McNicholas, J Clarke; D Carty, B Murtagh, C Curley Subs: L Smith for Flanagan (43), P Greville for Gavin (44), R Jackson for Clarke (70).

Antrim -- G McGee; N McAuley, J McKeague, B McFall; PJ O'Connell, C Donnelly, C Herron; P Shivers, K McKeegan; S McNaughton, P McGill, S McCrory; C McFall, A Smiley, E McCloskey Subs: P Shields for McGill (h-t), T McCann for Smiley (h-t), D Hamill for McCloskey (50), M Scullion for C McFall (63).

Ref -- E Hassen (Derry).

Irish Independent

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