Leitrim win in a canter


WESTMEATH'S brief foray into Division Two ended with little to show for it at Athlone yesterday, when they were totally out-classed by a Leitrim side who had hopes of a coveted play-off spot.

Although the home side had little but pride to play for their demotion to Division Three was assured before the game had started it was Barney Rock's charges who dominated the early part of the game and led by 0-4 to 0-1 alter 13 minutes.

Leitrim underwent a complete transformation and took over the game. The impressive Padraig McLouglilin scored a brilliant goal after 19 minutes, and the visitors led by nine points at the interval 2-7 to 0-4.

While those in the crowd of over 3,500 may have anticipated a fight back by Westmeath after the interval, they were sadly disappointed. Leitrim powered their way to an unassailable lead with excellent points from Padraig Kenny, Colin McGlynn and Brendan Guckian.

Westmeath, with Oliver Keating and John Murray trying to the end, did manage to notch up some consolation points in the last eight minutes. However by that time Leitrim had taken their feet off the pedal.