Friday 15 December 2017

Waterford's second half surge eases them past Westmeath

Brian O'Sullivan in action against Adam Price
Brian O'Sullivan in action against Adam Price

Waterford outscored Westmeath by 17 points in the second half to ease through Phase One of the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers with a 3-22 to 0-14 win at Cusack Park in Mullingar.

Westmeath played with the breeze in the opening half and held the lead throughout the first 35 minutes thanks to scores from Derek McNicholas and Brendan Murtagh.

The Lakesiders looked to be on course for a half-time lead but Brian O'Sullivan's goal meant it was 1-7 to 0-10 at the break.

Once they had the breeze the Deise cut loose and Westmeath could only muster four second half points.

Brian O'Sullivan grabbed a second goal and Maurice Shanahan got another one late on as they cruised to a facile win.

In today's other Phase One qualifier, Wexford got the fright of their lives from Carlow.

Carlow bossed the first half and led 0-13 to 1-6 at the break but Wexford struck back for a 2-16 to 0-20 win.

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