Report | Westmeath inflict promotion blow on Limerick


LIMERICK’S promotion hopes were dealt a blow after they were beat by Westmeath in the TUS Gaelic Grounds.

A poor second half proved detrimental for Billy Lee’s side who could only add one point to their first half tally when they led by three.

In the end it finished 1-12 to 1-6 in Westmeaths favour as they moved level on points with Limerick.

In a slow moving first quarter, the sides were level twice, Josh Ryan replying to a Westmeath point on both occasions.

John Heslin and Sam McCartan has Westmeath into the first two point lead of the half.

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But Adrian Enright struck with the crucial score of the first half, slaloming his way through the Westmeath rearguard before firing into the top corner.

Iain Corbett then added a score to put Limerick 1-3 to 0-4 to the good.

Alex Gardiner replied for the visitors but Ryan and Hugh Bourke had the final scores of the half as Limerick led 1-5 to 0-5 at the break.

Luke Laughlin reduced the deficit on the restart before giving the Lake county the lead with a well take goal.

Prior to that score at the other end, Peter Nash hit the post with a goal bound effort.

John Heslin followed this up with a magnificent score for 1-7 to 1-5.

Ryan kicked the next score after 54 but Westmeath replied through Ronan O’Toole quickly after.

McCartan then made it a three point game with a neat score. Heslin added a free to push Westmeaths lead out to four with as many minutes to play.

Brian Donovan was then black carded with Heslin popping over the resultant free.

Loughlin finished off a fine game personally with the last score of the game to leave it 1-12 to 1-6.

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