Derry name team for crunch Westmeath clash

By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Mickey Harte has named his side for Saturday’s must win game against Westmeath in Páirc Esler. After losing to Galway and Armagh, the Oakleafers must win their first championship game of the season to stay in the All-Ireland conversation. Ciaran McFaul and Eoin McEvoy have been named to start with […]

Derry are a top three team says McGeeney

By Shaun Casey DERRY are still among the main contenders for Sam Maguire says Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney, despite the Oakleaf County suffering back-to-back championship defeats to Donegal and Galway. Armagh make the journey to Celtic Park this weekend having recovered from their Ulster final defeat to Donegal as they bounced back with a five-point victory […]

Team news for Down’s Croke Park clash with Westmeath

By Michael McMullan CONOR Laverty has named an unchanged team for Saturday’s National League final against Westmeath at Croke Park (7.15pm). It’s a rematch of the recent drawn encounter in Mullingar when a late Ryan McEvoy points earned Down a share of the spoils. McEvoy is one of seven players to have started all of […]

PREVIEW: Down can end wait for silverware

By Niall Gartland IT was quite a line – last weekend Leitrim boss Andy Moran issued a defiant rebuttal to those who call for the league finals to be consigned to the dustbin of history. Moran, whose team play in the Division Four showdown this Saturday, said “I heard a lot of noise during the […]

Mourne County aiming to secure promotion in Westmeath

By Shaun Casey WHILE not mathematically secured just yet, it looks likely that Sunday’s contest in TEG Cusack Park between Westmeath and Down could well be a dress rehearsal for a Division Three league final. The two teams currently sit at the top of the pile with an unblemished record of five wins from five […]

Antrim travel south in search of a first victory

By Michael McMullan ANTRIM hurlers make the trip to take on Westmeath in Mullingar on Saturday in search of their first league points of the season. Before a ball was pucked this season, manager Darren Gleeson was facing into an uphill battle to qualify the Saffrons for Division One for 2025. Ahead of the league […]

PREVIEW: Potential banana skin for Tyrone in Cavan

ALL-IRELAND SFC ROUND THREE Tyrone v Westmeath Sunday, Kingspan Breffni, 4pm(Live on GAA GO) By Niall Gartland PROGRESS out of the group stages has been presented as a fait accompli for Tyrone, but they can’t afford to rest on their laurels ahead of Sunday’s showdown against Westmeath in Kingspan Breffni. The mission for Tyrone (not to […]

JOHN McINTOSH: Back to basics

THE Westmeath hurlers pulled off a stunning upset against Westmeath last weekend, and what caught my eye were comments made by victorious manager Joe Fortune on The Smaller Fish podcast. They came from 17 points down to claim a remarkable 4-18 to 2-22 victory, and their manager said something that I found really interesting, and […]