Dead-rubber clash in store for Westmeath and Carlow

The Allianz League Division 2A final will almost certainly be contested by Westmeath and Carlow next month. The the two Liam McCarthy Cup sides in the section recorded further wins, over Kildare and Antrim, at the weekend, setting up a dead-rubber clash between them at Netwatch Cullen Park, on Sunday.

Dead-rubber clash in store for Westmeath and Carlow

Westmeath are mathematically assured of their place in the decider, after they cruised to victory over Kildare, 0-21 to 0-10, on Saturday, in Newbridge, the winless hosts ending with 13 players, after Mark Delaney and Jack Sheridan were red-carded.

Both men will now miss next week’s relegation showdown with Derry, while an injury to full forward and leading scorer, Gerry Keegan, will be a further concern.

Westmeath now have nothing to play for next week, so Carlow will be hopeful that they can wrap up their place in the decider, having done the hard work yesterday, with a 1-17 to 1-11 win over Antrim, at Ballycastle.

Nothing went right for the Saffrons, as Marty Kavanagh rattled their net with an early goal, before Barry McFall was dismissed for a second yellow card. They trailed by nine at half-time, and while a James Connolly goal, early in the second-half, brought them back into contention, Neal McAuley soon joined McFall on the sideline, after receiving his marching orders, and Carlow eased to victory

London still aren’t without hope, after they resisted a late Derry comeback to record a 0-16 to 0-13 win over the Oak Leaf county, at Celtic Park.

All three ties in Division 2B will be competitive next week, after league leaders, Mayo, fell to a shock 2-13 to 0-13 defeat to Wicklow, at McHale Park, in Castlebar. The Garden County, who came into this fixture with no points from their three games so far, trailed by five points at half-time, after hurling into the wind, before powering to victory on the back of goals from Mikey Lee and Eoin McCormack.

Mayo’s assignment next weekend is a trip to the Athletic Grounds, to play Armagh, who will be full of confidence after their 0-26 to 1-10 home win over Meath.

Meath can still progress, but they’ll need to beat Down, in Ballycran, with the Ardsmen now top of the table, after their 3-22 to 0-14 win over Donegal. Roscommon made it four wins out of four with a 1-21 to 3-12 win over Warwickshire, at Páirc na hÉireann, in Birmingham, while Monaghan are in pole position to join them in the final, after their 3- 14 to 1-8 win over Fingal. Tyrone will need to beat Roscommon, in Athleague, to keep their hopes alive, after a late Damien Casey goal wasn’t enough to prevent them falling to a 2-19 to 2-16 defeat to Louth, at Darver.

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