Minor Footballers bow out of Leinster   07/05/2017

Westmeath Minor Footballers bowed out of the Leinster Championship at TEG Cusack Park on Sunday 7th May 2017 when losing narrowly to Carlow by 2-12 to 0-17. It was a game that Westmeath should have closed out as the home side dominated the third quarter to lead by 0-16 to 1-7 and seemingly on course for a comfortable win. But Jordan Morrissey’s 54th minute goal gave Carlow renewed hope and they finished strongly to deny a shell shocked Westmeath side.

A tightly contested opening half saw little to separate the sides in the opening half with the teams level on three occasions before the games opening goal saw Michael Murphy grab the games opening goal. That score put Carlow into a 1-5 to 0-5 lead as the game headed into added time of the first half but points from Joe Moran and John Tumelty left the bare minimum between the teams at half time. 0-7 to 1-5.

With the sides swapping a brace of scores each in the early stages of the second half, the gap remained as a one point lead for Carlow. However, Westmeath took over from the 39th to the 52nd minute with seven successive points to run into a six point lead. It looked more than sufficient but the 54th minute goal changed matters entirely.

At Senior level, Westmeath played a useful challenge against Louth at the official pitch opening of Dreadnots GAA in Clogherhead on Sunday and came away with a 6-15 to 2-15 win in warm but ideal conditions.

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