Westmeath are fully extended


Westmeath, the reigning All-Ireland champions, were fully extended in this quarter-final replay at Cusack Park, Mullingar.

Wicklow, playing against a slight breeze, had early points through Tony Hannon and Keith Furlong. Gary Doran then forced Westmeath goalkeeper Gary Connachton to save; but the in-rushing Trevor O'Donnell scored to give Wicklow a 1-2 to 0-0 advantage after eight minutes.

The Westmeath forwards combined well in the second quarter to create a brace of goals for full forward Derek Heavin. At halftime Westmeath led by 2-4 to 15.

Despite Gary Doran being sent off in the 38th minute Wicklow continued to carry the game to Westmeath.

A Des Dolan point in the 45th minute increased Westmeath's lead to three points, 2-6 to 1-6.

Westmeath now play Wexford in the Leinster semi-final.

Westmeath: G Connaughton; M Burke, B Murphy, J Keane; D Kilmartin, J Coyne, S Donoghue (0-1); K Burke, J Brennan (0-1); F Wilson, R Browne, G Duffy; J P Casey (0-2), D Heavin (2-0), D Dolan (0-4). Subs: E Flemming (0-1) for K Burke.

Wicklow: R Daniels; R O hAnnaidh, T Burke, B Daly; A Foley, J Mooney, C Toomey; G Doran, G Jameson; A Nolan (0-1), G Wynne, T Hannon (0-6); T O'Donnell (1-0), K Furlong (0-1), A Ellis. Subs: K Foster for B Daly; B Sheehan for K Furlong; K Burke for A Ellis.

Referee: B White (Wexford).