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Date Time Competition Season
19 June 2022 4:00 pm Tailteann Cup 2022

Match Report

Tailteann Cup: Westmeath on top in Midland battle

Westmeath booked their place in the first ever Tailteann Cup Final after a high scoring 3-22 to 2-16 win over Offaly in Croke Park today.

The Lake County men led throughout this game, as Jack Cooney’s side now face Cavan in the penultimate game of the new tournament.

From the very start of the match, Westmeath showed their class in abundance with their fast, free flowing attacks causing Offaly trouble. Points from John Heslin, Sam McCartan and Lorcan Dolan opened up an early four point lead for Westmeath before Ronan Wallace buried the ball home into the back of the net on the quarter of an hour mark.

Ronan O’Toole and Luke Loughlin’s pace was a huge advantage for their sides but Offaly did find their first score of the game after 16 minutes through Keith O’Neill who finished well to put the ball in the back of the net to reduce the deficit. Heslin and McNamee traded frees before Westmeath scored their second goal of the half, courtesy of a Lorcan Dolan strike from close range.

The battle between Offaly’s Jack Bryant and Westmeath’s Jack Smith was a thrilling one with both players leaving everything on the pitch.

Dylan Hyland and Anton Sullivan were major plusses for Offaly and their energy down the flanks did help their side create chances.

Niall McNamee, Jack Bryant and Anton Sullivan continued to keep Offaly’s tally ticking over but Ronan O’Toole, John Heslin, Luke Loughlin and James Dolan continued to show their sharp shooting and sent their side into the break, leading 2-11 to 1-6.

Westmeath came out emphatically for the second period and Ronan O’Toole found his side’s first score of the half after just over 15 seconds. Ray Connellan added another point, but Offaly did find some scores of their own through Keith O’Neill, Dylan Hyland and Niall McNamee.

The sides continued to fight for every ball and Offaly threw everything at Westmeath to try and get themselves back into the lead, but Lorcan Dolan’s second goal of the game put his side ten points up midway through the second half.

Cathal Flynn did score a second goal for Offaly and what a finish it was, as the substitute hit a rocket into the top corner. Westmeath showed resilience and great determination after this and it was substitutes of their own that continued to add scores until the final whistle with Robbie Forde and Alex Gardiner both showing their capabilities with scores from distance.

After a fantastic attacking performance from Westmeath, there’s no doubt that confidence will be sky high ahead of the clash against Cavan.

Offaly

1Paddy Dunican Goalkeeper
2Lee Pearson 21 Defender
3Declan Hogan Defender
20David Dempsey
5Rory Egan Defender
6Johnny Moloney Defender
7Cian Donohoe Defender
8Conor McNamee 17 Midfielder
9Jordan Hayes Midfielder
10Bill Carroll 22 Forward
11Ruairi McNamee Forward
12Anton Sullivan Forward 33', 34'
13Jack Bryant 19 Forward 28'
14Niall McNamee 24 Forward 20', 32', 44', 49', 51'
15Keith O’Neill Forward 17'
41', 62'
16Ian Duffy Goalkeeper
4Kieran Dolan Defender
17James Lalor 8 Defender
18Diarmuid Egan
19Cathal Flynn 13 60'
21Mark Abbott 2 68'
22Dylan Hyland 10 Forward 24', 39', 64'
23Aaron Brazil
24Jack McEvoy 14 69'
25Ciaran Burns
26Adam Strong

Westmeath

1Jason Daly Goalkeeper
2Jack Smith Defender
3Kevin Maguire Defender
4Jamie Gonoud Defender
5James Dolan Defender 32'
6Ronan Wallace Defender 14'
22Sam Duncan 20
8Jonathan Lynam 19 Midfielder
9Ray Connellan Midfielder 38'
10Sam McCartan Forward 9', 57', 63'
11Ronan O’Toole Forward 33', 54', 59', 67'
12David Lynch Forward
13Luke Loughlin Forward 24', 35'
14John Heslin Forward 2', 5', 19', 23', 34', 36', 45', 52'
63'
15Lorcan Dolan Forward 21', 53'
13'
16Trevor Martin Goalkeeper
7Nigel Harte Defender
17Ger Egan Forward
18Kieran Martin
19Alex Gardiner 8 Forward 71'
20Robbie Forde 22 Forward 72'
21Charlie Drumm
23Conor Dillon Defender
24TJ Cox Forward
25Andy McCormack
26David Giles Defender
  • 70'

    Westmeath win and book their place in the final after a fantastic performance.

  • 68'

    Abbott and O'Toole trade scores.

  • 65'

    Dylan Hyland point for Offaly.

  • 64'

    Keith O'Neill point for Offaly.

  • 60'

    Cathal Flynn with an absolute beauty for Offaly.

  • 58'

    O'Toole with another great point for Westmeath.

  • 57'

    Sam McCartan point.

  • 53'

    Goal for Westmeath after Wallace went on a great run befire finding Lorcan Dolan for his second of the game.

  • 52'

    McNamee free from an acute angle.

  • 51'

    John Heslin great point after a surging run from Wallace up the pitch.

  • 46'

    Heslin free for Westmeath.

  • 45'

    Niall McNamee free for Offaly.

  • 43'

    Jason Daly with a great save to deny Jordan Hayes.

  • 42'

    Hyland with a great solo score for Offaly.

  • 40'

    Keith O'Neill gets Offaly's first score of the half.

  • 37'

    Connellan adds to Westmeath's tally.

  • 36'

    Heslin with a cracker straight from throw in.

  • 36'

    We're off for the second period.

  • Half time and it's advantage to Westmeath heading into the second period.

  • Heslin and O'Toole add another score each keep thier eight point lead.

  • 32'

    Bryant and McNamee with back to back points for Offaly.

  • 23'

    Luke Loughlin point for Westmeath

  • 23'

    Heslin adds another to his tally.

  • 22'

    Lorcan Dolan finishes it from close range.

  • 20'

    Niall McNamee free for Offaly.

  • 20'

    Heslin with a free for Westmeath.

  • 17'

    Keith O'Neill and Offaly reply with a goal of their own.

  • 14'

    Ronan Wallace breaks up the pitch and buries it into the top corner.

  • 13'

    Lorcan Dolan point for Westmeath.

  • 9'

    McCartan with another for Westmeath.

  • 5'

    Heslin from a free to double their lead.

  • 2'

    John Heslin point.

  • Welcome to finalwhistle.ie for this afternoon's Tailteann Cup semi-final between Westmeath and Offaly in Croke Park. My name is Luke Delaney and I will be bringing you through all of this afternoon's action.

Venue

Croke Park
Croke Park, Jones's Road, Dublin, D01 WY49, Ireland

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