Westmeath stay on promotion trail with win over Sligo
AFL Division Three: John Heslin and Ger Egan goals help usher Sligo to Division Four
Westmeath’s John Heslin struck a goal against Sligo at Connolly Park Tubbercurry. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho
But a fifth successive loss for the hosts means that Paul Taylor’s charges are heading for Division Four.
The dogged home side were in contention at the break, trailing by just two points, 0-9 to 0-7, but Westmeath gained control when John Heslin goaled in the 13th minute of the second half following excellent approach play from wing-forward Luke Loughlin, the winners’ best attacker.
Ger Egan’s penalty goal confirmed the outcome.
There were further goals in stoppage time, both from substitutes, as Noel O’Reilly netted for Westmeath and Adrian Marren was on target for Sligo.
SLIGO: A Devaney, M Gordon, P Laffey, JF Carr, D Cummins, A McIntyre, N Mullen, G O’Kelly-Lynch, P Kilcoyne (0-1), K McKenna, S Carrabine, N Ewing (0-1), L Gaughan (0-1), P Hughes (0-2), N Murphy (c) (0-4, frees).
Subs: B Gorman for L Gaughan (53), P O’Connor (0-1) for K McKenna (53), A Marren (1-0) for N Murphy (65), E McHugh for D Cummins (67), C Henry for P Kilcoyne (67.
WESTMEATH: E Carberry, K Daly, R Wallace, B Sayeh, K Maguire, F Boyle, J Dolan, S Duncan (0-2), D Corroon, L Loughlin (0-4), J Heslin (1-0), J Gonoud, R O’Toole (0-2), K Martin (c), G Egan (1-4, 1-0 pen, four frees).
Subs: T McDaniel for K Martin (64), F Coyne for G Egan (68), N O’Reilly (1-0) for J Gonoud, (70), C Slevin for F Boyle (70), N Mulligan for D Corroon (70).
Referee: Sean Laverty (Antrim)