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As county finals go this was quite bizarre. For two thirds of the game Garrycastle looked to be on course to collect their fourth Flanagan Cup on the trot without being asked too many questions. Never out of third gear and holding a 3-7 to 1-4 lead early in the second half the reigning champs could well be forgiven for thinking they had at least one hand on the cup.
Westmeath SFC Final
It is no big surprise that Garrycastle find themselves back in yet another county decider following their 4-10 to 0-12 win over Maryland. The final scoreline however is somewhat flattering to the winners and doesn’t do justice to the challenge which Finbar Egan’s side put up for much of the game.
It’s semi-final time in the Westmeath senior football championship with two very interesting games down for decision this Sunday in Cusack Park. Holders Garrycastle take on surprise packet Maryland at 2.30pm followed by the all-Mullingar clash of St Loman’s and Shamrocks at 4pm.
It is surely a case of nothing to lose and everything to gain as Westmeath welcome Kerry to Cusack Park on Sunday for round two of the all-Ireland qualifiers. Nobody, diehards included, are giving Pat Flanagan’s men a chance and the consensus is that it is only a matter of by how much will the Kingdom reign supreme.
There were no big surprises in round two of the Westmeath senior football championship which took place last weekend. Castledaly were fancied by many to upset the odds against a new look Garrycastle side but the experience of the reigning champions was enough to see them through after a battle. In the end they had four points to spare with James Dolan’s goal sealing matters. Dessie Dolan once again pulled the strings for the men in red and green while Adam Kennedy marked his senior championship with a great performance at centre-back.
Westmeath goalkeeper and captain Gary Connaughton has opted to spend the remainder of the summer in the US. The decision by the long-serving custodian is a major blow to both his club Tubberclair and of course to Westmeath ahead of the qualifiers. Connaughton’s safe pair of hands, point saving ability and booming kick-out, along with his determination and experience, leave a big void to be filled at both club and county level. Tyrrellspass man Darren Quinn is set to take over the number one spot for the qualifiers.
The opening round of games of this year’s Shay Murtagh Precast Westmeath senior football club championship took place last weekend and there were plenty of talking points not least of which was Tyrrellspass’ draw with beaten all-Ireland finalists Garrycastle.
The annual AIB Provincial Players Awards had a distinct family feel to them when they were presented in Dublin earlier today with two of the seven awards going to club rivals and blood relations Dessie and Frankie Dolan.