Westmeath Senior Football Final preview


Garrycastle and Mullingar Shamrocks will do it all again this Sunday in the Westmeath senior football championship final, after nothing could separate the sides last time out.

Cusack Park will yet again play host to what promises to be another pulsating encounter.

Garrycastle will have been favourites for the championship at the start of the year having captured two of the last three Westmeath senior football titles. In the prolific Dessie Dolan leading their line, they have, arguably, one of the most sought after and vaunted forwards in the game at their disposal.

They are not short of experienced players either in Doran Harte, Gary Dolan and David O’ Shaughnessy and will be confident of scraping through what could very well be a one point game.

Mullingar Shamrocks have not captured the Westmeath senior football championship since 2000, but will be confident having already proven themselves against this Garrycastle outfit. They will look to standout player and Westmeath full-back Donal O’ Donoghue to lead by example.

Shamrocks are a name synonymous with past glories and no doubt manager Ray Smyth has his heart set on changing that perception, despite the disappointment of not finishing Garrycastle off first time out:

“We had a few chances at the end when we were a point up and missed them, but we’re still there and that’s the important thing,”

“Garrycastle are a very good team and a very experienced team, hard to break down and they never give up. You’ve got to admire them for that.”

Consistently maintaining a level of excellence and performance is often acknowledged as the toughest aspect of any sport. Garrycastle will be the side under pressure come Sunday with no weight of expectation weighing the Mullingar Shamrock’s side down.

The difficulty of capturing a third successive title may just prove too much for the Garrycastle lads and the Mullingar men could well have made a different kind of history come Sunday evening.

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