Carlow do enough to see off gutsy Westmeath


Carlow 1-14 Westmeath 1-12:CARLOW booked an outing against Dublin with a deserved, win over Westmeath in Mullingar.

Carlow led 0-4 to 0-1 early on and they were full value for their five-point lead at the break (0-10 to 0-5) with Marty Kavanagh very reliable from frees and Pete Shaw chipping in with vital scores from open play.

Westmeath trailed 0-10 to 0-9 when Dion Wall got in for a soft goal for Carlow after 39 minutes.

Ciarán Doyle soon cancelled this out at the other end with a fine finish and Niall O’Brien levelled the contest from a free.

Points from Kavanagh (two frees) and Shaw put Carlow four points ahead and late points from Killian Doyle and O’Brien failed to save Westmeath.

CARLOW: J Barron; P Doran, J Cox, M Malone; B Nolan, D Byrne, M O’Grady; C Fenlon, D Wall (1-0); J Doyle, J Kavanagh, M Kavanagh (0-8, eight frees); M Walsh (0-1), A Gleeson, P Shaw (0-5). Subs: J Murphy for J Kavanagh (38), J Shinnors for Walsh (58).

WESTMEATH: L Gavin; P Reilly, L Varley (0-1), T Egan; E Quinn, T Gallagher, J McGrath; R Greville, S Farrelly; L Loughlin (0-1), S Clavin, L McGrath; K Doyle (0-1), N O’Brien (0-7, four frees, one 65), C Doyle (1-1). Subs: K Glennon for L McGrath (19), D Clinton (0-1) for Quinn (ht), D Sheridan for Farrelly (37), J Egan for Clavin (50 mins).

Referee: E Mac Suibhne (Dublin).

Next up . . . .

In the next round, scheduled to be played next Saturday, Carlow will host Dublin, while Offaly will host Laois. The two winners will then join Kilkenny and Wexford at the semi-final stage (draw to be made).