Leanne Slevin hit the net twice as Westmeath’s ability to score goals at crucial stages proved crucial as they defeated Tipperary by a flattering ten-point margin in this Lidl Division 1 clash at Kinnegad.
Westmeath seeing off Tipperary 5-12 to 3-8, the win was Westmeath’s second in the competition and sees them jump ahead of Tipperary into sixth position in the final standings.
Aisling Moloney put wind-assisted Tipperary in front with a point directly from the throw-in and Orla O’Dwyer added another within a minute.
However, Westmeath settled and an unanswered 1-2, the goal from a Slevin penalty in the seventh minute – put them three points to the good.
A great goal by Roisin Howard levelled the scoring at 1-3 apiece in the 12th minute and there was little to choose between the teams for the remainder of the first-half.
An opportunist goal by Kelly Boyce Jordan in added-time helped the home team to a 2-5 to 1-6 lead at the break.
A goal from O’Dwyer within two minutes of the resumption of play edged the visitors in front. Westmeath regained the lead with a point each from Anna Jones and Slevin before O’Dywer pounced again for her side’s third goal.
However, a rapid-fire brace of goals from Slevin and Vicky Carr respectively put the Lake County girls firmly in control by the end of the third quarter.
Westmeath lost influential midfielder Jo-Hanna Maher to the sin bin in the 43rd minute, but their fifth goal a classy finish from close range by substitute Annie Dolan in the 53rd minute removed any lingering doubt about the outcome.
Westmeath: L McCormack, R Dillon, J Rogers, F Coyle, L Brennan, F Claffey, K McDermott, A Jones, J Maher, N Feery (S Dolan 53), L Slevin (C Kelly 56), K Boyce Jordan, K Hegarty (MA Foley 38), V Carr (J Hennessy 58), M Brick (A Dolan 44)
Scorers: L Slevin 2-4 (1-0 pen, 3f), A Dolan 1-2, V Carr 1-1, K Boyce Jordan 1-0, S Dolan 0-2 (1f), K Hegarty 0-1, A Jones 0-1, J Maher 0-1.
Tipperary: L Fitzpatrick, R McGrath (G Condon 49), M Curley (R O’Donnell 46), E Cronin, R Daly, S Lambert (E Buckley HT), C Maher (B Condon 33), O O’Dwyer, E Fitzpatrick (M Lloyd 49), C Lonergan (J Everard 49), A Moloney, L Dillon (C Condon 38), R Howard, A Carey, S Everard (K Cunningham HT)
Scorers: O O’Dwyer 2-2, R Howard 1-0, A Moloney 0-3 (1f), R Daly 0-2, S Everard 0-1.
Referee: Gerry Carmody (Roscommon)