Thompson ends Dublin fightback
Westmeath 3-7 Dublin 1-5
Laura Thompson struck for a late goal to finally end a strong Dublin resistance and earn victory for Westmeath at Edenderry.
Mairead McCormack was the driving force for the Lakesiders, despite the efforts of Ciara Burgess, and the Westmeath attack's clinical finishing was the difference in the end.
Ger Jackson will have been delighted with the way his team flew out of the traps with a seventh-minute goal from Caitriona Murtagh.
The vital score though was Caoimhe McCrossan's major from a brilliant ground-shot just before half-time, that left Westmeath leading by 2-2 to 0-2.
Dublin threw everything into the second half and when Elaine Gallery found the Westmeath net in the 43rd minute, they were right back in the game, trailing by just 2-3 to 1-4.
McCormack raised another gear, though, with two more points, and when Thompson goaled in the 57th minute, the Westmeath celebrations could begin.
SCORERS – Westmeath: D McGrath 0-3(fs), C Murtagh, C McCrossan, L Thompson 1-0 each, M McCormack 0-2, M Scally, P Greville (f) 0-1 each. Dublin: G Kelly 0-4(3fs), E Gallery 1-0, S Kehoe 0-1.
WESTMEATH: F Keating; R Scally, E McCormack, T Lynch; F Leavy, P Greville, S King; E Tate, M McCormack; M Scally, J McCormack, C McCrossan; S McGrath, D McGrath, C Murtagh. Subs: J Egan-Maybury for J McCormack (29), L Thompson for S McGrath (45), N Kiernan for Tate (55), C Corcoran for M Scally (60+2).
DUBLIN: S Nic Coitir; C O'Leary, G Ryan, G Free; R Nocter, M Kelly, D Johnston; E Maher, C Burgess; A McGrath, G Kelly, E Flanagan; E Gallery, R Collins, S Kehoe. Subs: K Farrell for Flanagan (29), J Elebert for Nocter (ht), M O'Reilly for McGrath (50), L Quinn for Maher (55), G Smyth for O'Leary (58).
REF – J McDonagh (Galway).
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