Sport Hurling

Saturday 16 December 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Cyril Donnellan (Galway)

A hat-trick from Donnellan marked him out as the game's outstanding performer. The centre-forward hit the net at crucial junctures when his side were struggling for traction.

Turning point

John Shaw's equaliser with 12 minutes to go sparked Galway into life and they reeled off the next six scores to kill off the home side.

Talking point

As John McIntyre acknowledged afterwards, Galway will have to make quantum leaps to compete with Dublin next time around, but they have only two weeks to do it.

Ref watch

After a minute's silence was observed for referee Anthony Stapleton's late father Jack before throw-in, the Laois official contributed to an entertaining evening. Was composed enough to consult both umpires and a linesman before awarding Shaw's disputed equalising score late on.

What they said

John McIntyre (Galway manager)

"We know we weren't good tonight and that it's be nowhere near good enough to compete with Dublin but I think you'll see a different Galway in two weeks' time."

Brian Hanley (Westmeath manager)

"Your heart would go out to them, they didn't deserve to lose by so much."

Match statistics

Wides: Westmeath 15 (10); Galway 10 (4)

Frees: Westmeath 16 (7); Galway 10 (4)

Yellow Cards: Westmeath 4 (P Gilsenan 41, D McNicholas 50, B Murtagh 62, J Gilligan 69); Galway 1 (C Donnellan 47

Red Cards: None

Attendance: 2,000

What next?

Galway go on to a Leinster semi-final against Dublin on June 16 in Tullamore. Westmeath face Antrim on June 18 in the qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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