Thursday 21 November 2019

Westmeath floored by record tally

Cork 1-40 Westmeath 0-20

Cork’s Séamus Harnedy in action against John Gilligan of Westmeath
Cork’s Séamus Harnedy in action against John Gilligan of Westmeath

Westmeath manager Joe Quaid stepped up his call for a fairer deal for developing hurling counties after his side shipped the biggest ever MacCarthy Cup points tally in this All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final against Cork in Mullingar.

Even as Laois were producing one of the biggest shocks of the modern era in Portlaoise, Quaid said that McDonagh Cup counties were being paid lip service by their plight, suggesting the system was "stacked against them."

"It's paying lip service to the McDonagh teams to send them out seven days after a final," he said. "Basically, if they want to improve hurling with the second tier counties, they need to get a Leinster championship with two groups of four in it.

"Carlow this year, had three or four moral victories They're still going back down. Waterford and Clare shipped bigger beatings in Munster with no consequences. What happens if Kerry win the McDonagh? They have to go out the following week and play a preliminary quarter-final and then they have to go and play the bottom team in Munster after that."

Westmeath shot 20 wides with Quaid convinced afterwards they should have converted at least 13 of them. They set up with two sweepers early on but to little avail and by the break Cork were out of sight, 0-24 to 0-9.

Cork got their only goal from impressive substitute Robbie O'Flynn in the 41st minute and that dearth of goal opportunities was their only concern afterwards. They scored 35 points from play with four forwards hitting five each before O'Flynn added 1-4.

Westmeath, who had Gary Greville red-carded near the end, got good return from Price and Killian Doyle, who kept up his high scoring standards but the gulf in class was all too evident.

Scorers - Cork: P Horgan 0-10 (5fs), R O'Flynn 1-4, A Cadogan, S Harnedy, S Kingston all 0-5 each, C Lehane 0-4, D Fitzgibbon 0-3, B Cooper, T O'Mahony, J Coughlan, D Dalton all 0-1 each.

Westmeath: K Doyle 0-9 (5fs) E Price 0-4, A Clarke 0-2, P Greville, R Greville, J Galvin, C Doyle, S Clavin all 0-1 each.

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