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2019 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Westmeath 2-13 Limerick 1-10
Westmeath defeated Limerick by 2-13 to 1-10 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Saturday June 22nd at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) June 22, 2019
All-Ireland SFC: Westmeath overcome Limerick
WESTMEATH 2-13 LIMERICK 1-10
Report By Conor McKenna at TEG Cusack Park for GAA.ie
Westmeath advanced to round three of the football qualifiers after a six point victory over Limerick.
The home side found the net just before half time and just after half time and those two goals proved crucial in determining the outcome of the game.
Limerick were not bad at all and the six point winning margin slightly flattered the hosts, as the visitors looked organised in defence and they certainly did not look like a side that finished in the bottom half of Division four.
Westmeath have picked up two victories in their two qualifier games against Waterford and Limerick respectively and Jack Cooney will be very pleased with his sides response after losing to Laois in the Leinster Championship.
It was the home side who opened the scoring courtesy of a point from Tommy McDaniel, before Limerick defender Gordon Brown levelled proceedings.
Ian Corbett and Kieran Martin then traded scores, before Westmeath talisman Ger Egan added two points to give his side a slender lead, with ten minutes played.
Jamie Lee’s effort reduced the deficit to one, but Ger Egan added two further scores to stretch Westmeath’s lead to three.
It was tit for tat up until the end of the half, as Westmeath held a three point advantage heading into injury time, but Jack Cooney’s side registered 1-1 in succession just before the interval, with Callum McCormack’s point followed up with a goal from James Dolan, as Westmeath held a 1-9 to 0-5 lead at half-time.
Limerick needed a good start to the second half, which was not forthcoming, as Westmeath registered their second goal just after half-time, with Joe Halligan finding the target, after being set up by Ronan Wallace.
Westmeath were ten points up at this juncture, but Limerick added the next three points in succession to reduce the gap to seven.
Two quickfire points from Egan and McCormack halted Limerick’s momentum, but Darragh Treacy found the net for Billy Lee’s side, with the midfielder’s 53rd minute strike reducing the gap to six.
Limerick added the next two points to further reduce the deficit and momentum was with Billy Lee’s side at this stage of the game, as Westmeath looked rattled.
Substitute John Heslin registered a point to settle the hosts, before a free from Ger Egan sealed the victory, as Jack Cooney’s charges held on for a six point win.
Scorers for Westmeath: Ger Egan 0-6 (3f), James Dolan 1-0, Joe Halligan 1-0, Callum McCormack 0-2, Ronan O’Toole 0-2, Tommy McDaniel 0-1, Kieran Martin 0-1, John Heslin 0-1,
Scorers for Limerick: Jamie Lee 0-6 (5f),Darragh Treacy 1-0, Gordon Brown 0-1, Iain Corbett 0-1, Seamus O’Carroll 0-1, Donal O’Sullivan 0-1 (1f),
WESTMEATH: Eoin Carberry; Boidu Sayeh, Kevin Maguire, Jack Smith; James Dolan, Ronan Wallace, Killian Daly; Denis Corroon, Kieran Martin; David Lynch, Ger Egan, Ronan O’Toole; Tommy McDaniel, Joe Halligan, Callum McCormack
Subs: John Heslin for Tommy McDaniel (38), Sam Duncan for Killian Daly (49), Noel O’Reilly for Ronan O’Toole (59), Noel Mulligan for Callum McCormack (65), Frank Boyle for Joe Halligan (72).
LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan; Sean O’Dea, Colm McSweeney, Brian Fanning; Iain Corbett, Tony McCarthy, Gordon Brown; Darragh Treacy, Tommie Childs; Padraig De Brun, Cillian Fahy, Michael Fitzgibbon; Jamie Lee, Seamus O’Carroll, James Naughton
Subs: Adrian Enright for Padraig De Brun (43), Sean McSweeney for Colm McSweeney (49), Peter Nash for James Naughton (58), Padraig Scanlon for Jamie Lee (67), Garrett Noonan for Gordon Brown (67), Tommy Griffin for Seamus O’Carroll (70).
Referee: James Molloy (Galway).
2019 Championship Results
Laois 0-12 Westmeath 0-10; Westmeath 1-22 Waterford 0-7
Limerick 3-11 Tipperary 1-10; Cork 3-18 Limerick 0-6
They have met twice previously in the qualifiers in 2001 and 2006, with Westmeath winning both. They won by 0-17 to 0-7 in 2001 and by 0-13 to 1-9 in 2006.
The last competitive clash between the countries was in 2017 when Westmeath won by 1-18 to -12 in the Allianz League (Div 4)
Westmeath’s win over Waterford in Round 1 was their first in the qualifiers since 2012. Limerick’s last win in the qualifiers was against Antrim in 2016.
The Limerick senior football team vs Westmeath this Saturday 22nd June has been released. The game throws in, in Mullingar at 6:00pm. Very Best of Luck to all players and Management #LuimneachAbú pic.twitter.com/EvEiOzDDpC
— Limerick Footballers (@LmkFootballers) June 21, 2019