Promotion annexed as Westmeath primed for league final flourish

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Rosemount GAA club player, Boidu Sayeh, retrieves possession during the Allianz Football League draw game with Louth at the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda.  The result ensured promotion for Westmeath and a place in the divisional final against Laois on Saturday. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile.

Rosemount GAA club player, Boidu Sayeh, retrieves possession during the Allianz Football League draw game with Louth at the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda. The result ensured promotion for Westmeath and a place in the divisional final against Laois on Saturday. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile.

Pride of place to the Westmeath senior footballers this week whose determined performance in Drogheda on Saturday afternoon earned promotion to the National League Division Two at the cost of opponents Louth.

In what was an end to end contest, Westmeath eked out a draw to ensure their stay in Division Three came to an end and in the process, garner a place in the ultimate contest against Laois, a fixture to be played in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon (throw-in, 4.45pm ).

Once again, Ger Egan was scorer in chief with his radar on point since the Lake County’s return to competitive action. With only one defeat to date under the guidance of Jack Cooney, confidence must be bubbling within the camp as the opening championship looms into view.

Saturday’s final opponents, Laois, who Westmeath defeated during their league campaign, will also provide the challenge in the opening round of the championship so there will most definitely be an element of familiarity when the two counties meet in the opening round of the provincial championship at the end of May.

Topping the league table on scoring difference (such was the congested nature of the division ), Westmeath will aspire to add further silverware to their promising season, and should Kieran Martin ascent the steps of the Hogan Stand on Saturday evening, it will culminate a successful series of league fixtures and breed additional confidence as Championship 2019 awaits.

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