St. Loman's, Mullingar 1-13
A late Ciaran Kilmurray goal put the seal on St. Loman's third Flanagan Cup triumph in four seasons at the expense of Tyrrellspass in front of a crowd of almost 6,000 at TEG Cusack Park.
Eager to avenge their 2013 final loss, Tyrrellspass led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break, but Luke Dempsey's men finished the stronger to justify their favourtism and be crowned Westmeath kingpins for a sixth time. It was a frustrating afternoon for Tyrrellspass captain and wing back Brian Slevin who rattled the crossbar in the 18th minute before being red-carded in the closing stages.
Westmeath skipper Ger Egan's fifth point from a free was all that separated the teams at the end of the opening half. After Loman's had levelled on the restart, David Glennon edged Tyrrellspass back into a 0-8 to 0-7 lead. But then the outstanding Shane Dempsey - who shot 0-7 from play - took centre stage with a quick brace of points.
With the Mullingar men holding on to a slender 0-11 to 0-10 lead in the 59th minute, the 'Tidy Town' had strong claims for a 'point' by veteran sub Philip Sheridan turned down.
Following that let-off, Loman's sub Kilmurray poked home the only goal after Dempsey's initial shot had been blocked. Paul Sharry and Dempsey tagged on points in injury-time as the Lakepoint Park outfit retained their crown.
St. Loman's, Mullingar - S Gallagher; J O'Toole, S Flynn, G Grehan; G Glennon, P Dowdall, D Whelan; K Reilly (0-1), P Sharry (0-1); D Windsor, J Heslin (0-4, 3f), C Reilly; R O'Toole, K Casey, S Dempsey (0-7). Subs: S Flanagan for G Glennon, C Kilmurray (1-0) for R O'Toole, G Hickey for K Casey, C O'Donoghue for C Reilly (BC).
Tyrrellspass - D Quinn; S Arthur, S Quinn, B Gavin; P Sheridan, J Gonoud, N Harte; V Sizychas, G Egan (0-7, 4f); C Slevin, A O'Brien (0-2), G Hoey; David Glennon (0-1), D McNicholas, Denis Glennon. Subs: E O'Neill for B Gavin, P Sheridan for N Harte, R Sheridan for A O'Brien, D Gaye for V Sizychas.
Referee - J Rock.