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The 2015 Westmeath football story has been one of redemption, but Tom Cribbin’s revitalised team know a defining contest awaits at Kingspan Breffni Park this Saturday.
In the giddy aftermath of Westmeath’s blistering finish - which saw off Wexford in last week’s Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter final - manager Tom Cribbin classed this Sunday’s trip to Croke Park “as nearly being like an All Ireland final” for his young panel.
A two goal first half salvo from Aidan O’Shea inspired Breaffy to their first win in the Mayo GAA Senior Football League this season as they saw off local rivals Castlebar Mitchels in Munnelly Park in Castlebar on Sunday. Both sides lined out with out key players for this contest with Seamus O’Shea serving a one match suspension for Breaffy after being dismissed early in their loss to Ballintubber a fortnight ago, while for Castlebar Mitchels neither Tom Cunniffe or Patrick Durcan were available for selection.
Ballintubber opened up their account in the Breaffy House Senior Football League with a nine point win over Breaffy in a West Mayo derby on Saturday evening. The senior county champions were short a number of their key men going into the game with Cillian O’Connor, Alan Dillon and Jason Gibbons all ruled out of the match due to injury. The hosts had a strong side out for this league opener but with 12 minutes gone on the clock, Breaffy had been reduced to 13 player after both Seamus and Aidan O’Shea were both shown straight red cards by referee Kevin Connelly who was left no choice in the matter by either player.
Manager Tom Cribbin is enthused by how Westmeath are progressing despite suffering a Division Two Allianz Football League loss to Galway at Cusack Park last Sunday.
Westmeath boss Tom Cribbin reckons Division Two of the Allianz Football League will “go down to the wire”.
Two second-half Westmeath goals in Ballymahon enabled Tom Cribben’s improving team to defeat neighbours Longford by 2-11 to 0-10 in the Bord Na Mona O’Byrne Cup on Sunday.
Westmeath make a welcome return to competitive inter-county action on Sunday, January 4 when hosting Meath in the Bord Na Mona O’Byrne Cup.
A cruel 2014 at inter-county level for Westmeath concluded without a competitive win so new manager Tom Cribbin will be hoping to make an impact in the new year. Westmeath face three games in the Bord Na Mona O’Byrne Cup before the Allianz Football League clicks into gear.