Tom Carr’s Westmeath minors kicked an impressive 2-13 as they ran out comfortable nine-point winners over a limited Wicklow side in a windy Cusack Park last Saturday. Despite playing against the considerable wind in the opening half it was the home side that made the brighter start and had 2-3 on the board after just 10 minutes.
The visitors then hit a purple patch and had the deficit down to just three points as half time approached but further points from Corbally and Cassidy gave the home side some extra breathing space at the short whistle. With wind advantage to come they were in a good position to set up a Leinster semi-final showdown with Meath on July 6.
(Westmeath v Carlow, Cusack Park, Sunday, 3.30pm)
Reigning county and all-Ireland club champions St Brigid’s begin the defence of their titles as the Roscommon senior football championship kicks off this weekend. The Saints have home advantage when they meet Western Gaels in Kiltoom on Saturday evening at 7pm. Naturally Brigid’s will be hot favourites to retain their title, but with Frankie Dolan and Cathal McHugh amongst others who will not feature in the opening round I expect Western Gaels to push them close.
Last year’s beaten county finalists Padraig Pearses also have the benefit of home advantage when they welcome St Faithleach’s to Woodmount on Saturday evening. Pearses have been operating out of division 2 in the league which is not ideal preparation while St Faithleach’s are moving well in senior league. With that said with the three Dalys on board and plenty of other up-and-coming talent I expect Pearses to make a winning start.