Garrycastle V Mullingar Shamrocks
The champions of the last two years and favourites to make it three in a row, Garrycastle will lay their title on the line this Sunday when they take on Mullingar Shamrocks in the final of the senior football championship.
There is no doubt that Garrycastle have been one of the leading teams in Westmeath over the last decade and it is no coincidence that this period of dominance has coincided with the emergence over that period of one Dessie Dolan.
Over the last decade, Dolan has been one of the best forwards in the game and he is the main reason why Garrycastle have garnered five titles in that time. So far this year, they have not looked like surrendering their title and looked very impressive in their semi-final win over former champions Tyrellspass who they banished on a score line of 2-17 to 2-8.
Of course they are not a one man team and others such as Gary Dolan, Doran Harte and David O’Shaughnessy have all represented Westmeath in the last few seasons.
Although Shamrocks have not won the title since 2000, they cannot be discounted as they are surely one of the traditional powers of Westmeath football.
They have been mentioned as possible county champions since early in the season but whether they have the quality to back up those claims remains to be seen.
Their only defeat to date in this year’s championship came at the hands of Garrycastle who incidentally were missing Dessie Dolan that day.
With Donal O’Donoghue holding the defence together and Simon Quinn leading the attack they are not without a chance but it is hard to see how they can beat the champions.