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.