Allianz Football League Division 3 – Westmeath 0-11 Tipperary 1-8

Westmeath drew with Tipperary in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday February 28th on a scoreline of Westmeath 0-11 Tipperary 1-8 at Cusack Park Mullingar.

Unbeaten Tipp escape Mullingar

Westmeath 0-11 Tipperary 1-8

Report from the Irish Independent web site

Tipperary maintained their unbeaten start in Mullingar yesterday as hosts Westmeath picked up their first point of the campaign in a game which only came to life in the second half. The first half was a scrappy affair with both sides guilty of poor shooting and an array of loose passing.

One ambitious cross-field pass from Westmeath’s Ray Connellan on 15 minutes was intercepted by Josh Keane. He fed Peter Acheson, who teed up Robbie Kiely for the only goal of the contest, to put the visitors ahead by 1-1 to 0-2. The home team had more possession during the remainder of the half but their forwards lacked conviction.

Two converted frees by John Heslin, either side of a point from centre half-back Kieran Martin, nudged Westmeath ahead but Shane Leahy equalised with a great point seconds before half-time. The sides were tied at the interval, 0-5 to 1-2.

The home team started the second half brightly with corner-forward John Connellan pointing twice and team-mate John Egan adding another. Tipperary quickly equalised, two of their points coming within a minute from midfielder Alan Maloney and the other from a free by Conor Sweeney. Neither side was able to pull away, but Westmeath looked the likely winners.

However, converted frees from Michael Quinlivan and Maloney levelled the contest. Six minutes’ added time was played with Paul Sharry narrowly missing a last-gasp ’45’ to win for Westmeath.

SCORERS – Westmeath: K Martin, J Heslin (3f), J Connellan 0-3 each; J Egan, S Dempsey 0-1 each.

Tipperary: R Kiely 1-0; A Maloney 0-3(1f); C Sweeney (2f) 0-2; S Leahy, B Fox, M Quinlivan (f) 0-1 each.

Westmeath -D Quinn 7; K Daly 6, F Boyle 6, K Maguire 6; P Holloway 6, K Martin 8, J Dolan 6; D Corroon 5, R Connellan 6; C McCormack 5, J Heslin 7, J Egan 6; J Connellan 7, P Sharry 7, S Dempsey 6
Subs: D Daly 5 for Egan (51), A Stone n/r for McCormack (64), P Greville n/r for Dempsey (66), R Foley n/r for Martin (69).

Tipperary: E Comerford 6; C McDonald 6, A Campbell 6, C O’Shaughnessy 5; J Feehan 6, R Kiely 8, S Leahy 7; A Maloney 7, M Dunne 5; B Fox 7, P Acheson 6, J Keane 5; C Sweeney 6, M Quinlivan 6, N O’Donovan 5. Subs: J Lonergan 7 for Keane (34), I Fahey 6 for O’Donovan (34), J O’Callaghan 6 for O’Shaughnessy (inj, 44), L Casey 5 for Fahey (inj, 53), B Hewitt n/r for Sweeney (61), D Butler n/r for Dunne (64).

Ref- F Barry (Kildare)

Fixture Details

28.02.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 3
Cusack Park, Mullingar 14:00
An Iarmhí v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Liam Devenney (Maigh Eo)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Westmeath tomorrow in the Allianz Football League Division 3 match at 2pm in Cusack Park Mullingar shows 4 changes from the side which defeated Clare in Round 2. Goalkeeper Evan Comerford and wing-back Shane Leahy are drafted in to the defense while up front, Liam Casey and David Butler are introduced to the full-forward line. Ciarán Kendrick, Donagh Leahy, Niall O’Donovan and Philip Austin miss out while Tipperary manager Liam Kearns has included five players from the Munster Club champions Clonmel Commercials among the substitutes.

Tipperary SF panel v Westmeath, AFL Roinn 3, Sunday February 28th.

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Shane Leahy – Arravale Rovers
8. Alan Maloney – Rockwell Rovers
9. Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Peter Acheson – Captain – Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox -Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Liam Casey – Cahir
15. David Butler – Drom & Inch

16. Ciarán Kendrick – Moyle Rovers
17. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
18. Niall O’Donovan – Arravale Rovers
19. Billy Hewitt – Ardfinnan
20. John O’Callaghan – Ballyporeen
21. Donagh Leahy – Arravale Rovers
22. Mark Hanley – Aherlow
23. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
24. Donal Lynch – Clonmel Commercials
25. Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
26. Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials

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