Date Time Competition Season
5 June 2022 2:00 pm Tailteann Cup 2022

Match Report

Tailteann Cup: Westmeath put Carlow to the sword

Westmeath advanced to the Semi Finals of the Tailteann Cup, as they weathered the storm of Carlow, to come out five point winners at Netwatch Cullen Park.

John Heslin continues to be the leader for The Lake County, his 1-9 crucial to their success this afternoon, as they battled a valiant Carlow team, coming out on a score line of 1-21 to 2-13

They now go into the drum for tomorrow morning's draw to determine the seedings for the Semi Finals, Carlow will be disappointed as they played well to keep up with a strong free-flowing Westmeath outfit.

It was the visitors who looked strong in the opening half, building a healthy lead early on but Carlow showed real determination and vigour to hit the net twice in the half, to leave it a two point game at the interval, Darragh Foley causing issues inside the square.

Westmeath looked comfortable in the early exchanges of the tie, establishing a 0-3 to no score load after six minutes, three different scorers waving the white flag, before Foley had Carlow on the board after 12 minutes.

Sam Duncan cancelled out Foley’s effort with a point of his own, before Josh Heslin rose high to gather a long ball he made no mistake and fired to the net, Westmeath ahead 1-4 to 0-1 after 14 minutes.

Carlow would respond with a goal of their own with Josh Moore raising the green flag as he goaled in the 17th minute, but two Heslin points shortly after kept Westmeath ahead by five points.

Conor Doyle kicked only the second Carlow point after 23 minutes to keep them within four, but Heslin and Luke Loughlin were accurate to make it 1-8 to 1-2 after 27 minutes. Three quickfire points for Carlow had them within three of The Lake County, but just before the break Heskin and Loughlin chipped in again with scores, as they looked comfortable five points to the good.

Into additional time Carlow hit a lifeline, midfielder Niall Hickey converting from close range, as they would go into the break behind by two points, 2-5 to 1-10 as they remained in the tie despite earlier in the half it was beginning to look academic for Westmeath.

The second half began like the first Westmeath hitting three scores in a row, before Carlow could reply with a point of their own, Colm Hulton adding a second just minutes later but they still were behind.

Heslin and Foley kicked two free’s to cancel the other out, as the teams began to exchange scores in an end to end game, despite the poor conditions it was heating up, Westmeath ahead 1-17 to 2-11 after 58 minutes.

Heslin, Loughlin and Sam Cartan kicked three points in a row, Westmeath ending the half with a flurry of scores, as they pulled out a six point lead with four minutes left in the second half.

Jamie Clarke made it a five point game a minute into added time, but after Liam Roberts saw a straight red card, Heslin tapped over another free for his ninth point of the afternoon, despite Foley kicking his fifth of the day from another free seconds later, it was a consolation as Carlow could not hit the jugular late on.


1Ciaran Cunningham Goalkeeper
2Liam Roberts Defender 70+2'
3Mikey Bambrick Defender 28'
4Dara Curran Defender
5Shane Clarke Defender 55'
6Seanie Bambrick Defender
7Conor Doyle 22 Defender 23'
8Niall Hickey 17 Midfielder 35'
9Jamie Clarke Midfielder 70+1'
10Josh Moore Forward 17'
11Eoghan Ruth Forward
12Ross Dunphy Forward 38', 58'
13Conor Crowley Forward
14Darragh Foley Forward 12', 32', 44', 46', 70+4'
15Colm Hulton Forward 29', 41'
16Andy O’Brien Goalkeeper
17Shane Buggy 8 Defender
18Jamie McCabe Defender
19Liam Brennan
20Paraic Deering
21Aidan Lillis
22Cormac Lomax 7 Forward
23Ned Pender
24Henry Hegarty Forward
25Diarmuid Ruth
26Luke Connolly


1Jason Daly Goalkeeper
2Jack Smith Defender
3Charlie Drumm Defender
26James Dolan
5Jamie Gonoud Defender 38'
6Ronan Wallace Defender
7Nigel Harte 25 Defender
8Jonathan Lynam Midfielder
22Sam Duncan 20 8'
10Sam McCartan Defender 36', 58', 62'
11Ronan O’Toole Forward 6', 36'
12David Lynch Forward
13Luke Loughlin 24 Forward 1', 27', 35', 66'
14John Heslin Forward 14'
2', 21', 22', 25', 34', 43', 48', 59', 70+3'
19Lorcan Dolan 15 56'
16Trevor Martin Goalkeeper
4David Giles Defender
9Ray Connellan Midfielder
15Alex Gardiner 19 Forward
17Ger Egan Forward
18Kieran Martin
20Robbie Forde 22 Forward
21Kevin O’Sullivan
23Conor Dillon Defender
24TJ Cox 13 Forward
25Andy McCormack 7
  • 74'

    Foley kicks the last score of the game, Westmeath advance to the Semi Final

  • 73'

    Heslin with another free

  • 72'

    Liam Roberts shown a straight red card for Carlow

  • 71'

    Jamie Clarke kicks a score for Carlow

  • 70'

    Four minutes of added on time

  • 67'

    Loughlin kicks his fourth from a free

  • 62'

    Nigel Hickey is off with Shane Buggy in his place for Carlow

  • 62'

    Change for Westmeath Andy McCormack replaces Nigel Harte

  • 62'

    McCartan gets another point for Westmeath

  • 58'

    Heslin having a great display today, his eight point of the afternoon

  • 58'

    Dunphy adds another for Carlow

  • 56'

    Westmeath make a change as Robbie Forde replaces Sam Duncan

  • 56'

    Lorcan Dolan points from a mark

  • 55'

    Shane Clarke makes it a two point game

  • 48'

    Heslin dragging Westmeath over the line as he kicks his seventh point from a free

  • 46'

    Another free another Foley point

  • 44'

    Darragh Foley does not miss many frees

  • 43'

    Heslin points the resulting free, 1-6 for him today

  • 42'

    Niall Hickey goes into the notebook

  • 41'

    Hulton makes it two in a row for Carlow

  • 38'

    Ross Dunphy stops the Westmeath scoring streak with a great point

  • 38'

    Jamie Gonoud makes it three points in a row for Westmeath, starting this half like they began the first

  • 36'

    Ronan O'Toole kicks a second for Westmeath, starting the second half off strong

  • 36'

    Sam McCartan kicks an early point for Westmeath

  • 36'

    The referee throws the ball in for the second half to get underway

  • 35'

    Niall Hickey with a strike at the death for Carlow, we head to the break with Carlow two behind, 1-10 to 2-5

  • 35'

    One minute added on

  • 35'

    Poor Carlow kikcout and Loughlin points his third

  • 34'

    Heslin points the resulting free

  • 33'

    Colm Hulton the next player into the notebook

  • 32'

    Darragh Foley points a free

  • 31'

    Sam Duncan is booked

  • 29'

    Colm Hulton with back to back points for Carlow

  • 28'

    Mikey Bambrick cuts the gap down the five points

  • 27'

    Loughlin gets his second point of the day

  • 25'

    Heslin has the radar working from the frees today

  • 23'

    Conor Doyle with Carlow's second point of the day

  • 22'

    Heslin replies straight away his third point

  • 21'

    Heslin with a lovely point from a free

  • 17'

    Carlow back into the tie as Josh Moore finds the back of the net

  • 14'

    Heslin gathers well and gets a goal for Westmeath

  • 12'

    Darragh Foley gets Carlow on the board

  • 8'

    Sam Duncan adds a fourth of the day for Westmeath

  • 6'

    Three in a row for Westmeath as Ronan O'Toole sends it over

  • 2'

    Josh Heslin on the board from a free

  • 1'

    Luke Loughlin has Westmeath ahead

  • 1'

    Ball is thrown in and we are away

  • Carlow look to be as selected

  • There are 3 late changes to the Westmeath team, James Dolan replaces David Giles, Sam Duncan is in for Ray Connellan, while Lorcan Dolan strats in the forward line ahead of Alex Gardiner

  • Netwatch Cullen Park provides the venue for the second Quarter Final from the Southern Section of the Tailteann Cup, Westmeath are the visitors against Carlow, both teams are coming in to this on the back of some good form, but Westmeath look to be the overwhelming favourites to make the Semi Final stage, a second Semi Final for them this year could be on the cards, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will keep you updated

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.