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Westmeath stay unbeaten with brave draw

Westmeath fought back from a six-point half-time deficit to claim a 1-10 to 0-13 draw against Galway in Tuam as they maintained their unbeaten start to the league.

Galway led by 0-8 to 0-2 at the interval, having played against the breeze, but Westmeath fought back after the restart. A crucial goal from Westmeath's Denis Cooroon after 54 minutes hauled the visitors back into the match, but neither side could find a winner in an exciting finish.

Midfielder John Heslin kept his nerve to land a late point from a free to preserve the Lakesiders' unbeaten start to the league.

Meanwhile, Derry had too much for Wexford as they eased to a 0-19 to 0-10 win at Wexford Park.

Derry squandered a series of gilt-edged chances by firing eight wides and also missing a goal-scoring opportunity, but late scores from Seán Leo McGoldrick and Enda Lynn saw them lead 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

The Slaneysiders missed their own goal chances but were well beaten with Mark Lynch, Lynn and Emmett McGuckian inspiring the visitors.

At O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, on Saturday night, Laois and Louth played out a 1-17 to 2-14 draw.

Andy McDonnell and Kevin Rogers struck second-half goals for the Wee County and they led by five at one stage.

However, Laois dominated the last quarter of the game and inspired by John O'Loughlin, who kicked two wonderful points, they salvaged a draw and had the better chances to claim the win in the closing moments.

Also on Saturday night, Armagh gained their first win of the season with a 3-8 to 2-9 win over Longford at the Athletic Grounds with Jamie Clarke delivery a big display for the home side.


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