Date Time Competition Season
9 July 2022 3:00 pm Tailteann Cup 2022

Match Report

Westmeath win Tailteann Cup thanks to Martin Magic

A wonderful solo goal from substitute Kieran Martin just minutes from full-time sealed Tailteann Cup glory for Westmeath in a 2-14 to 1-13 win over Cavan at Croke Park.

It was Cavan who started the slightly stronger of the sides and found the game’s first score in the first minute after Raymond Galligan’s short free found Gerard Smith who calmly slotted the ball over.

Paddy Lynch doubled their lead moments later but Ronan O’Toole quickly replied with Westmeath’s first point of the game.

Oisin Kiernan was next on the scoresheet for the Breffni Blues but another point from Westmeath's Ronan O’Toole before two quick-fire points from John Heslin gave Jack Cooney’s side the lead.

Cavan struggled with centre forward O’Toole’s movement and the Westmeath talisman caused Cavan issues from the off. James and Gerard Smith put Cavan back in the lead and a Gearóid McKiernan free stretched their lead back to two points midway through the half.

O’Toole and McKiernan traded two scores each in the moments following but in the 27th minute, Westmeath scored the first goal of the game. Luke Loughlin passed the ball along the ground into the path of Lorcan Dolan who rifled the ball into the top corner to give his side a deserved lead.

Loughlin and Paddy Lynch added more points towards the latter stages of the half but it was the Leinster side who went into the interval with a 1-8 to 0-9 lead.

Lynch found the first score of the second half before a Sam McCartan free for Westmeath. Cavan levelled the game in the minutes following with points from Stephen Smith and Jason McLoughlin.

Luke Loughlin kept his good form during the second half and scored a great point shortly after before a defensive howler from Westmeath led to a Cavan goal.

Jason Daly failed to deal with a high ball and he parried it into the path of Padraig Faulkner who finished from close range to give Cavan the lead. Gerard Smith and Paddy Lynch extended their lead before the game turned upside down for the 2020 Ulster champions.

Thomas Galligan was shown a straight red card after a shoulder into the face of Ronan O’Toole, meaning Cavan had to play the remaining quarter of an hour or so with 14 men.

Two points from Sam McCartan and one from Ronan O’Toole levelled the game with just minutes left.

In the 67th minute, substitute Kieran Martin embarked on a terrific solo run resulting in a second goal for Westmeath, dealing Cavan an even bigger blow than the red card.

Ronan Wallace’s point in the final seconds sealed the four-point win for Westmeath as they were crowned the first-ever Tailteann Cup winners.


1Raymond Galligan Goalkeeper
2Jason McLoughlin Defender 42'
3Padraig Faulkner Defender 52'
4Killian Brady Defender
5Oisin Kiernan Defender 9'
6Killian Clarke Defender
7Conor Brady 26 Defender
8Thomas Galligan Midfielder 58'
9James Smith Midfielder 18'
10Gerard Smith Forward 1', 19', 54'
11Gearoid McKiernan Forward 20', 25', 26'
12Conor Moynagh 19 Forward
20Niall Carolan
14Paddy Lynch Forward 4', 35', 56'
15Cian Madden 22 Forward
16Gary O’Rourke
13Martin Reilly 7 Forward
17Ciaran Brady
18Chris Conroy Defender
19Luke Fortune 12 Defender
21Niall Murray
22Stephen Smith 15 39'
23Caoimhin O’Reilly
24Benjamin Kelly
25Ryan O’Neill Forward
26Conor Madden 7 Forward


1Jason Daly Goalkeeper
2Jack Smith Defender
3Kevin Maguire Defender
4Jamie Gonoud Defender
5James Dolan Defender 41'
6Ronan Wallace Defender 74'
22Sam Duncan
8Jonathan Lynam 17 Midfielder
9Ray Connellan Midfielder
10Sam McCartan Forward 45', 56', 66'
11Ronan O’Toole Forward 8', 10', 20', 21', 61'
12David Lynch Forward
13Luke Loughlin Forward 32', 49'
14John Heslin Forward 14', 15', 31'
15Lorcan Dolan 18 Forward 28'
16Trevor Martin Goalkeeper
7Nigel Harte Defender
17Ger Egan 8 Forward
18Kieran Martin 15 68'
19Alex Gardiner Forward
20Robbie Forde Forward
21Charlie Drumm
23Conor Dillon Defender
24David Giles Defender
25Andy McCormack
26Kevin O’Sullivan
  • 74'

    Ronan Wallace point to seal it

  • 73'

    One minute remaining Westmeath need to hold onto the ball.

  • Kevin Maguire with a vital block to stop a certain Cavan goal. Heroic defending.

  • 68'

    Kieran Martin with a sensational solo goal for Westmeath.

  • 66'

    McCartan levels it with less that five to play.

  • 62'

    Ronan O'Toole point.

  • 58'

    Thomas Galligan shown a red card for a shoulder to Ronan O'Toole's face.

  • 57'

    Sam McCartan point.

  • 56'

    Paddy Lynch point.

  • 54'

    Gerard Smith puts Cavan two ahead.

  • 52'

    Padraig Faulkner capitalises on a a blunder from Jason Daly and buries it into the back of the net.

  • 49'

    Luke Loughlin point for Westmeath.

  • 42'

    McLoughlin point for Cavan

  • 42'

    James Dolan booked for foul.

  • 39'

    Stephen Smith point.

  • 37'

    Sam McCartan with the first point of the second period.

  • 36'

    Back underway for the second half.

  • 35'

    Half time and Westmeath lead by two points.

  • 35'

    Paddy Lynch with a worldie of a point from an acute angle.

  • 32'

    Luke Loughlin with a fantastic point.

  • 31'

    John Heslin free.

  • 28'

    Luke Loughlin passed the ball along the ground into the path of Lorcan Dolan who rattles the ball into the top corner.

  • 26'

    Another for McKiernan.

  • 25'

    McKiernan free to give Cavan the lead.

  • 21'

    Lorcan O'Toole point.

  • 21'

    McKiernan point for Cavan.

  • 20'

    Lorcan O'Toole point.

  • 20'

    Gerard Smith point

  • 18'

    James Smith point for Cavan.

  • 15'

    Heslin with another to give Westmeath the lead.

  • 14'

    John Heslin levels it with a free from distance.

  • 10'

    Oisin Kieron with a point but Westmeath pull another back through Lorcan O'Toole.

  • 8'

    Lorcan O'Toole with Westmeath's first score of the game.

  • 4'

    Point for Paddy Lynch to double Cavan's lead.

  • 1'

    Gerard Smith point for Cavan

  • 1'

    We're off at Croke Park.

  • Throw in is just ten minutes away now.

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Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and FinalWhistle.ie.