Wasteful Dubs fall to Westmeath

Westmeath 0-12 Dublin 1-8, Mullingar

Westmeath 0-12 Dublin 1-8, Mullingar

Paul Greville's 74th-minute point earned Westmeath an O'Byrne Cup first round win over Dublin in wet conditions at Lakepoint Park in Mullingar tonight.

Pat Flanagan's charges failed to score in a 36-minute spell during the second half, until Greville's late score earned the Lake County side a quarter-final berth against DIT next weekend at the same venue.

Dublin, who fielded an experimental side, blazed out of the blocks and were 1-1 to 0-1 ahead by the 11th minute, with Kevin McManamon netting the visitors' goal.

McManamon finished a slick move after good work by Dean Kelly and Eoghan O'Gara, but Pat Gilroy's men were on back foot for the rest of the opening half.

Backed by the assistance of a strong wind, Westmeath gave an impressive first half performance.

They stunned the Dubs by scoring nine points without reply to take a 0-10 to 1-1 interval lead, with Denis Glennon playing a key role.

Glennon, the Westmeath captain, claimed five points in the opening 35 minutes - all from placed balls. He helped the hosts take a 0-7 to 1-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Dublin were eager to get back into contention.

However, luck was not on their side with Tomas Quinn blazing two frees wides, while also sliding an effort into the hands of Westmeath goalkeeper Darren Quinn.

Full-forward O'Gara was also guilty of missing a goal-scoring opportunity in the 33rd minute, with Quinn alert between the posts. An injury-time Glennon point ensured a six-point half-time buffer for the hosts.

Dublin improved and were more accurate on the restart, but Greville was able to extend Westmeath's lead to seven points in the 37th minute.

However, the hosts would not add to their tally until injury-time as Gilroy's side launched a determined comeback.

Goalscorer McManamon landed the visitors' first score of the second half, and subsequent points from Bastick and substitute Declan Lally cut the gap to four points in the third quarter.

Tomas Quinn misfired with some long range frees, but Dublin continued to close the gap. McManamon pointed with six minutes remaining, and a brace of Quinn frees made it a single-point game in the 68th minute.

Dublin continued to press hard and late on, St Vincent's clubman Padraig Lee tied up the game for the first time since the 14th minute.

Westmeath hit back with the match winner, however, as Greville tapped over a 20-metre free at the death to see his side through to the last-eight.

WESTMEATH: D Quinn; G Quinn, K Maguire, R English; M Curley, A Finnan, C Jordan; B Murtagh (0-1), N Kilcoyne; A Giles (0-1), Denis Glennon (0-5, 0-5f), G Egan; P Greville (0-4, 0-1f), P Tormey, J Connellan (0-1).

Subs used: F Boyle for G Quinn (half-time), S Quinn for Giles (43 mins), J Dolan for Curley (56), P Sharry for Kilcoyne (59), David Glennon for Connellan (62)

DUBLIN: S Cluxton; C McKernan, S Murray, D Nelson; P Casey, G Brennan, D Daly; C Murray, D Bastick (0-1); A Hubbard, K Bonner, T Quinn (0-3, 0-2f); K McManamon (1-2), E O'Gara, D Kelly.

Subs used: D Lally (0-1) for Hubbard (30 mins), MD Macauley for McKernan, P Lee (0-1) for Murray (both half-time), G Cullen for Bonner (49), K Bonner for Kelly (62)

Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)

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