Armagh hurlers suffered a heavy defeat on Sunday when they made the long trip to Mullingar for their Division 2A tie against Westmeath.
The lakeland county, who ply their trade in the Liam McCarthy championship, hit their first score after 10 seconds through Gary Grenville and added a further three scores before David Carvill got the first of his 0-11 haul. Armagh hurled bravely in the first half against a strong Westmeath side and worked their way back into the game when they trailed 0-10 to 0-5 after 23 minutes. Westmeath raced ahead again though and a terrible refereeing mistake when David Carvill was taken out by the home side’s number 10, which amazingly resulted in a yellow card for Carvill, allowed Westmeath to push on. Just before half time, Armagh were given a bit of a lifeline when Dylan McKenna was fouled in the square, but the resultant penalty by Conor Corvan was struck over the bar.
Half time An Iarmhí 0-17 Ard Mhacha 0-7
Westmeath showed no real let up in the second half and with the referee missing Westmeath fouls, Armagh found it hard to get any real momentum. Allan Devine (0-11) and Eoin Price (1-6) continued to inflict damage on the scoresheet. Armagh produced a bit of a mini-rally early on to bring the gap down to eight but the class of the Liam McCarthy side became more apparent. With Armagh being reduced to 14 men after a second yellow card for David Carvill, Westmeath piled on the punishment in the last five minutes with goals for Jack Galvin, Eoin Price and Brendan Murtagh giving Armagh plenty to think about before next Sunday’s home tie against Antrim.
Full time An Iarmhí 3-29 Ard Mhacha 0-16
Armagh: Simon Doherty, Ciarán Clifford, Artie McGuinness, David Bridges, John Corvan, Tiarnán Nevin, Peter McKearney, Conor Corvan0-3, Stephen Renaghan, David Carvill 0-11, Dylan McKenna 0-1, Cahal Carvill 0-1, Eoin McGuinness, Danny Magee, Ryan Gaffney
Subs used: Niall Strain, Caily Gorman, Caolán Rice