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Re: NFL Division 4 2017
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2017, 09:57:19 AM »
Lonely aul division in here. Good win for Westmeath down in Ardmore yesterday. Jaysus, I'll never give out about Salthill again, was nearly swept out to sea by the gale force winds, must have been worth at least 10 points. Looked like it was going to be a tight finish at half time with Westmeath only 1-9 to a point up but in fairness to the lads they drove into the wind in the second half. We created some amount of goal chances and missed about 90% of them, serious work on goal conversation to be done. Waterford did a Joe Sheridan and carried one over the line for us and Darren Quinn returned the favour in the last minute by getting the legs stuck underneath him and letting in one over his head that a Junior B keeper would be livid with. The Bear was like a bull in a china shop, bizarrely Waterford didn't provide full time protection in front of him and anytime he got on the ball he ran through his man. He got two goals but could've had at least another 2. Ger Egan well cleared the crossbar with a penalty and the rest were either put narrowly wide or some last ditch Waterford defending saw them keep it respectable.

Tom Cribbin was rightfully critical afterwards about having to play in Ardmore with other far more suitable pitches in Waterford, the GAA will have to be stronger on this. Apart from the Carlow game it has been a professional job for Westmeath so far, almost Dublin like. Should never have been relegated last year, that performance in Longford has really cost us this year in terms of a competitive league. We have the bottom 2 at home to come so should start those with little game time so far in those games. Wexford should give us two good games so we should get our championship team out for that. Paddy Holloway will be centre back on that, provided the injury he came off with yesterday isn't serious. He was really driving Westmeath on before he had to come off. Mark McCallon was another one driving Westmeath on from the back, has really discovered his appetite for the inter county game. Team starting to take shape but there's still a couple of spots for people to put their hands up for, especially in goals. I'd like to see Fagan given a shot at it for the next couple of games to see if he can cut it at this level, looked good last Wednesday.
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Re: NFL Division 4 2017
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2017, 09:47:50 AM »
Another professional job done by Westmeath in Mullingar yesterday, were comfortable enough all day without really putting daylight between the teams. Wicklow looked like a team who were coming up to put in a performance that they could reference before their championship outing. Westmeath will be disappointed with the last 5 minutes and giving Wicklow the last 4 points. Heslin was to the fore as he has been all league but he was joined yesterday by Stone and Egan who got 6 points from midfield. They have savage energy and after 3 games playing together are starting to look like a real good partnership. Kieran Martin was taking off and can have no complaints after a brilliant performance down in Waterford, needs to find consistency in the full forward line. One area that Wicklow did cause us problems was the long ball into Seanie Furlong. He was able to repeatedly catch dropping ball in his chest which should never happen.

That's promotion more or less in the bag. Away to Wexford, who are also promoted, next weekend. You'd imagine Banty will stoke the fires for that one so we should put out as close to a top team as we have. No sign of Holloway on the teamsheet yesterday, hopefully his injury isn't too bad. Luke Loughlin did his hamstring and is out for 2 months. Dennis Glennon went off with suspected concussion yesterday, can't afford many more injuries.
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Re: NFL Division 4 2017
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2017, 08:50:01 AM »
Standards were kept high down in Wexford Park yesterday against a second string Wexford team. They had some big men around the field but they had little mobility and we simply breezed past them. They couldn't stay with our powerful running and we were able to create chance after chance to go in 1-18 to 4 points at half time after playing with a strong wind. What was most encouraging though was we managed to outscore Wexford by 2-6 to 5 points in the second half as well even though we made a raft of changes after scoring two early goals. This team seems to have found some much needed consistency and as a result the likes of Noel Mulligan can step into the team and acquit themselves quite well. Good to see John Connellan getting back on to the pitch again, hopefully his cheese strings hold for the rest of the year now.

That's promotion guaranteed so gives us the opportunity to give some lads a rest and others a run out against London. I'd expect a completely different Wexford for the league final and nice to be getting a run out in Croker before the summer. If we could get the few lads back from injury it would really set us up for championship.
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Re: NFL Division 4 2017
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2017, 01:27:47 PM »
I think the Banty effectively threw that game yesterday knowing that they will likely meet each other in the league final. Wexford got some beating all the same.

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Re: NFL Division 4 2017
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2017, 01:29:44 PM »
See Westmeath came in from evens to 2/9 in advance of the game. I wonder did someone make a killing?

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« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2017, 01:36:19 PM »
See Westmeath came in from evens to 2/9 in advance of the game. I wonder did someone make a killing?

I'd have little doubt that somebody made a few pound somewhere before the teams were announced. Thats a massive price change.