HL2A round-up: Lake men and Barrowsiders advance

March 11, 2018

Meath's Niall Weir and Anthony Forde close in on Carlow's Seamus Murphy during the NHL Division 2A game at Lomans Park Trim

Westmeath and Carlow stamped their league final visas with victories over Kerry and Meath respectively in today's 1pm throw-ins.

The in-form midlanders sealed their final berth when a haul of 1-10 from Allan Devine helped them to a magnificent 1-20 to 0-16 victory over Kerry in Mullingar.

Killian Doyle registered four times for the Lake County, who progress with a 100% record from their five outings.

Defeat knocked the Kingdom out of contention, allowing Carlow to take advantage and claim the runners-up berth on the league table and a place in next weekend's Division 2A decider.

The Barrowsiders gained their fourth win of the campaign this afternoon, coming away from Trim with a battling 0-20 to 1-13 victory over Meath.

The Royals started best and were within a point at the break, 0-8 to 0-7, but were reduced to 14 men just before the short whistle as Colm Bonnar's men - who had John Michael Nolan dismissed at the death - went on to qualify for a second successive final, where they will get a chance to avenge their sole defeat to date.

Westmeath - P Carroll; S Power, T Doyle, G Greville; A Craig, P Greville, D McNicholas (0-1f); R Greville, C Boyle (0-1); J Gilligan (0-1), K Doyle (0-4), A Devine (1-10, 0-6f, 0-2'65); C Doyle, N Mitchell, E Price. Subs: N O'Brien (0-1) for N Mitchell, D Clinton (0-2) for C Doyle, S Clavin for A Devine, D Egerton for C Boyle.

Kerry - M Stackpoole; J Buckley, B Murphy, S Weir; T O'Connor, M Boyle, D Collins; B Barrett, P O'Connor (0-1); D Griffin, P Boyle (0-2, 1f), B O'Leary (0-1); J Conway (0-1), S Conway (0-10f), J Goulding (0-1). Subs: S Nolan for D Griffin, B O'Mahony for J Conway, D Dineen for T O'Connor, C Harty for P O'Connor, T Murnane for B O'Leary.

Referee - G Quilty.


Carlow - B Tracey; A Corcoran, P Doyle, M Doyle; E Nolan, D English (0-1f), R Coady; J Kavanagh, D Byrne (0-1); S Murphy, P Coady (0-1), J M Nolan (0-1); M Kavanagh (0-4f), J Doyle (0-4), C Nolan (0-6, 1f). Subs: R Kelly (0-1) for M Doyle, J Murphy for J Kavanagh, E Byrne for M Kavanagh, D Murphy (0-1f) for P Coady, K McDonald for C Nolan.

Meath - S McGann; S Geraghty, D Healy, N Weir; J Keena, D Kelly, S Brennan; A Forde (1-1), K Keoghan; J Regan (0-10, 7f, 1'65), J Toher, J Kelly; P Conneely (0-1), E Marsh, A Douglas. Subs: S Morris for J Toher, A Gannon for E Marsh, S Quigley (0-1) for P Conneely, C McCabe for A Douglas.

Referee - G McGrath.

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