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 […]

Antrim must break clear of nearly tag against Westmeath

By Michael McMullan ANOTHER week has moved on, yet the same synopsis of Antrim’s first season under Andy McEntee remains ahead of Sunday’s trip to Westmeath. ‘If’ is a small word, yet it’s massive. The Saffrons had all eight league points up grabs in their sights, they the two eased from Thurles remain the only […]

Tough opener for Cavan in Tailteann re-run

By Niall Gartland A PRODUCTIVE McKenna Cup campaign sets the backdrop for Cavan’s Division Three opener against Westmeath this Sunday. It’s a tough opener – Westmeath narrowly missed out on promotion last year, finishing third in the table, and they got the better of the Breffni County when they met in the inaugural Tailteann Cup […]

Cavan fall at final hurdle in Tailteann Cup

Tailteann Cup final Westmeath 2-14 Cavan 1-13  By Michael McMullan A GOAL from substitute Kieran Martin shot Westmeath to the first ever Tailteann Cup title on Saturday in Croke Park. Advertisement Cavan were 1-13 to 1-11 ahead when Thomas Galligan was sent off and it was the Leinster men who pegged themselves back on level […]

Free-scoring Smith enjoying advanced role for Cavan

By Niall Gartland GERARD Smith is revelling in a more attacking role for Cavan and that’s one of the many reasons why the team as a whole is having an excellent season. The Lavey clubman chipped in with four points from play in their high-scoring semi-final win over Sligo, but that doesn’t tell the full […]

Opinion: Fermanagh wronged in tight promotion battle

By Michael McMullan IT’S difficult not to feel sorry for Fermanagh.  Leading by point and in Westmeath’s backyard, they had a perfectly flighted score from the boot of Sean Quigley ruled as wide. Whether they would’ve built on a two-point lead in the remaining 15 minutes is as debatable as whether their wizard took four, […]