Westmeath need extra time to overcome Wicklow

Westmeath 0-16 Wicklow 1-10 (aet)

Westmeath 0-16 Wicklow 1-10 (aet)

Fergal Wilson bagged six points, as Westmeath claimed an extra-time victory over Wicklow at O'Connor Park, Tullamore in this Leinster SFC quarter-final.

Tomas O'Flaharta's men had to dig deep against a dogged Wicklow side that were determined to book their place in Leinster's final four for the first time since 1995.

Westmeath got off to flying start in this game as points from Conor Lynam, Wilson and debutant Keith Scally saw them break 0-03 to 0-00 clear after 13 minutes.

However Wicklow weren't without their chances during this period, with Tony Hannon sending three chances wide of the target, before he eventually made amends as the opening quarter came to a close.

Hannon and Leighton Glynn kept Wicklow in touch with just a point separating the sides four minutes before half-time.

However Wicklow were guilty of seven first half wides, but took the lead they craved for so long during the opening 35 minutes, thanks to a 34th minute Dean Odlum goal.

Odlum's goal arrived after some industrious work by Thomas Walsh, and although Gary Connaughton advanced off his lines to meet the ball, Odlum slotted home.

This vital three-pointer edged Wicklow into a 1-03 to 0-04 interval lead, with a second point from Glynn ensuring his side broke three points clear on the restart.

However Denis Glennon was very much a thorn in Wicklow's side during the second half, with the sides level at 0-07 to 1-04 after 43 minutes.

These teams were evenly matched throughout the second half of normal time, with scores from Lynam and David Duffy edging Westmeath in front.

However points from Hannon and James Stafford levelled the tie at 0-10 to 1-07 with six minutes of normal time remaining.

Hannon edged Wicklow in front with his fourth point in the 68th minute, but Wilson had time to find an equalising score, with his sides first point in 16 minutes to send the game to extra-time.

However Wicklow were reduced to 14-men five minutes into injury-time following a second yellow card for Patrick McWalter, who was replaced by JP Dalton for extra-time.

Westmeath edged Wicklow by 0-13 to 1-09 at half-time in extra-time, and continued to stay in front on the restart.

A Conor Lynam point coupled with Wilson firing over two points in the second period of extra-time ensured victory in this thrilling encounter.

WESTMEATH: G Connaughton; F Boyle, K Gavin, J Keane; D O'Donoghue, D Heavin, W Murtagh; M Flanagan, D Duffy; K Scally, J Smyth, D Harte; F Wilson, D Glennon, C Lynam.

WICKLOW: M Travers; C Hyland, D Power, A Byrne; P McWalter, D O'hAnnaidh, P Dalton; J Stafford, T Walsh; T Hannon, L Glynn, R Nolan; D Odlum, S Furlong, P Earls.

REFEREE: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

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