HL2A: Barrowsiders warm up for final showdown

March 24, 2014

Carlow's Shane Kavanagh and James Walsh of Laois. INPHO
Carlow 2-21
Westmeath 0-13

Carlow fine-tuned their preparations for a final showdown against Kerry with a 14-point victory over Westmeath at Dr Cullen Park.

Left half-forward Shane Kavanagh bagged two goals for John Meyler's side who will renew acquaintances with the Kingdom in the decider on Saturday, April 5.

Kavanagh netted his first goal in the 26th minute and the Barrowsiders went in at the break holding a 1-9 to 0-7 lead.

Kavanagh's second goal on 54 minutes helped the hosts pull away in the second half and heap further pressure on under-fire Westmeath boss Brian Hanley.

Carlow - B Treacy; HP O'Byrne, P Doyle, A Corcoran; P Nolan, D English (0-5), C Wall; P Kehoe, J Doyle (0-2); S Murphy (0-5), M Brennan (0-1), S Kavanagh (2-0); M Kavanagh (0-3), J Kavanagh (0-2), R Smithers (0-2). Subs: C Lawlor for M Brennan, D Roberts (0-1) for S Murphy, K English for C Wall, D Dalton for J Doyle, A Gaule for M Kavanagh.

Westmeath - P Collins; K Duncan, T Gallagher, L Varley; P Layde, A Craig, P Reilly; C Curley (0-4), N O'Brien (0-3); S Savage, D McNicholas, D Gavin; N Conaty (0-4), A McGrath (0-1), A Devine (0-1). Subs: R Greville for D McNicholas, D Fennell for P Layde, P Fennell for L Varley, G Greville for P Reilly, M Heaney for N O'Brien.

Referee - S Cleere.

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