Was at the game on Sunday and as a Carlowman have to be happy coming away with a draw against the league favourites, especially with an injury time goal. But still feel like it was a game we could have won.
After a nightmare 1st 2 mins where we went 1-1 to 0 down, we owned the rest of that 1st half. Kicked some crazy amount of stupid wides. It was 1-4 to 1-3 at ht but we kicked 7 wides to Westmeaths 1. Should have been much further ahead.
2nd half Westmeath made changes and it was a much more even game, their tactic of long ball into ff line got some success for a while.
We brought on 2 scoring forwards with pace near the end instead of the managers son & another workhorse who won't score and straight away we levelled it up. Then Westmeath got a very dodgy goal, it looked like a square ball all the way.
Luckily for us Westmeath were naive enough to allow us put a great move together and Shane O'Neill only on the pitch making his league debut scored a cracking goal to level it.
For Division 4 it was a quality game, some great long range scores by both sides. The ref bottled out of giving Heslin & a couple of others black cards and waited till injury time to finally give one. The Carlow coach Poacher is exactly what we need, but can see how opposition fans & teams will hate him. He may reel it all in a bit as i'd imagine other refs might send him off.