St Loman’s end 50-year wait as Whelan’s goal kills off gutsy Tyrrellspass

St Loman’s 1-16 Tyrrellspass 0-15
St Loman’s Mullingar won their first Westmeath SFC title in 50 years defeating Tyrrellspass at Cusack Park, Mullingar, yesterday.

The crucial scored arrived in the 46th minute when David Whelan scored the only goal to give St Loman’s a seven-point lead, 1-14 to 0-10.

St Loman’s got a flying start and led by 0-6 to 0-0 after 20 minutes. Tyrrellspass registered five points by half-time but by that stage, Loman’s increased their tally to 10, with points from John Heslin, Shane Dempsey and William McGovern to lead 0-10 to 0-5 at the break.

Tyrrellspass drew level by the 37th minute, but two points by John Heslin, and one each from Garreth Hickey and Dempsey gave the Blues another four-point lead, before David Whelan’s goal gave Loman’s what proved an unassailable lead as they secured a first title since 1963.

Scorers for St. Loman’s: J. Heslin (0-8, 0-4 from frees), D. Whelan (1-0), S. Dempsey (0-3), C. Reilly (0-1), P. Sharry (0-1), C. Kilmurray (0-1), W. McGovern (0-1), G. Hickey (0-1).

Scorers for Tyrrellspass: G. Egan (0-10, 0-9 from frees), M. Flanagan (0-2), D. McNicholas (0-1), Denis Glennon (0-1), Ciaran Daly (0-1).

ST. LOMAN’S: S. Gallagher; S. Gilmore, S. Flynn, A. Carroll; G. Glennon, P. Dowdall, D. Whelan; C. Kilmurray, P. Sharry; E. Price, W. McGovern, C. Reilly: K. Reilly; J. Heslin, S. Dempsey. Subs: G. Hickey for C. Reilly (inj, 24), J. O’Toole for P. Dowdall (inj, 45), D. Rushe for A. Carroll (55), B. Murphy for W. McGovern (60).

TYRRELLSPASS: D. Quinn; E. O’Neill, J. Gonoud, B. Gavin; D. Jessop, P. Sheridan, S. Arthur; G. Egan, D. McNicholas; C. Slevin, David Glennon, B. Slevin; A O’Brien, M. Flanagan, Denis Glennon. Subs: Cathal Daly for A O’Brien (ht, Ciaran Daly for C. Slevin (45), S. Quinn for S. Arthur (51), R. Dunbar for P. Sheridan (54).

Referee: Niall Ward.

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