Westmeath ease past Carlow to set up semi-final clash with Dublin

Westmeath 3-19 Carlow 0-10

Westmeath advanced to meet Dublin in the semi-final of the Leinster Under-21 hurling championship with a comfortable win over Carlow in Cusack Park, Mullingar, last night.

At the end of a scrappy first quarter, Westmeath led by 0-3 to 0-2. In the 17th minute, Robbie Greville scored a great goal for the home side after he was set up by the outstanding Niall O’Brien.

A second goal arrived five minutes later, courtesy of David Lynch, helping Westmeath to a 2-5 to 0-7 lead at the interval.

With half-time substitute Cathal Scally making an immediate impression, Westmeath rattled over four early points on the change of ends.

O’Brien continued to direct the attack in great style and his side led by 2-16 to 0-9 with seven minutes remaining.

Marty Kavanagh’s attempt to blast a goal for Carlow from a 20-metre free failed and Westmeath wrapped up the win in fine style with a late goal from Robbie Greville.

Scorers for Westmeath: N O’Brien 0-8 (3f), R Greville 2-1, D Lynch 1-2, C Scally 0-3, G Greville (f), T Gallagher, M Heaney, A Clarke, J Boyle 0-1 each.

Carlow: M Kavanagh 0-5 (4f), S Murphy 0-3, C Wall, J Doyle 0-1 each.

WESTMEATH: K Glennon; B Doyle, T Doyle, L Varley; G Greville, T Gallagher, M Heaney; D Fennell, D Lynch; R Greville, A Clarke, J Boyle; E Corrigan, D Higgins, N O’Brien.

Subs: C Scally for Corrigan (h-t), N Kirby for Higgins (48), A Clune for Fennell (49), E Quinn for Lynch (inj, 57), S Quinn for Varley (60).

CARLOW: B Treacy; G Bennett, P Doyle, D Wall; M O’Grady, D Byrne, M Doyle; C Wall, D Dalton; S Murphy, C Fenlon, G Coady; J Murphy, M Kavanagh, J Doyle.

Subs: K McDonald for Fenlon (41), O Boland for D Wall (41), R Smithers for J Murphy (45).

Referee: G Quilty (Kilkenny).

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