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Boidu Sayeh of Westmeath in action against John Murphy of Carlow during the O'Byrne Cup Round 1 match between Carlow and Westmeath at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow. 
Boidu Sayeh of Westmeath in action against John Murphy of Carlow during the O'Byrne Cup Round 1 match between Carlow and Westmeath at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow. 

Westmeath defeat Carlow in O'Byrne Cup


O'Byrne Cup

WESTMEATH 0-12 CARLOW 0-8

Westmeath made pretty short work of Carlow in tonight's O'Byrne Cup clash at Netwatch Cullen Park.

It was Jack Cooney's first match in charge of his native county and his players looked determined to put on a show for him from the start.

They raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after just 15 minutes with players like Joe Halligan, Paddy Fagan, and Sean Petit catching the eye.

Carlow hit two frees just before half-time but the gap was still four points, as they trailed by 0-9 to 0-5.

The home team had the wind at their backs for the second-half and closed the gap to two points by the 45th minute.

But a cracking long-range point from Luke Loughlin got Westmeath motoring again, and the impressive substitute would add two more as the Lake County held on for a deserved victory.

Saturday

MEATH 3-11 LAOIS 0-6

LONGFORD 1-7 WICKLOW 1-6

WEXFORD 0-16 LOUTH 1-6

On Saturday, Meath produced a fine performance to defeat an experimental Laois team at O'Moore Park in the O'Byrne Cup

Ronan Ryan, Daniel Quinn, and Thomas O'Reilly netted goals for Andy McEntee's outfit.

Mickey Newman drilled five points for the Royals, who held a commanding 2-8 to 0-3 half-time lead.

Robbie Smyth's late point earned Longford a narrow victory over Wicklow at Newtownforbes.

Wicklow had drawn level in the closing stages, but Smyth contributed the decisive score for the midlanders.

Wexford finished strongly to secure a deserved win over Louth at Darver.

A Sam Mulroy goal in the third quarter brought Louth back into the reckoning after they trailed by 0-9 to 0-5 at the interval.

Wexford responded, though, as Cathal Devereux, Conor Carty, and Ben Brosnan landed important scores.

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