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Carvill's efforts all for nothing as the Orchard are flattened

Westmeath 3-29 Armagh 0-16

By Gerry Buckley

Armagh were outclassed by Westmeath in the National Hurling League in Mullingar yesterday afternoon.

The Midlanders had the aid of a slight wind and showed they meant business by scoring two points in the opening 40 seconds via Gary Greville and Allan Devine. Brendan Murtagh and Devine made it 0-4 to 0-0.

It was virtually one-way traffic for the first half as a range of Westmeath players scored, with Devine and Eoin Price particularly prominent.

The home team led by 0-15 to 0-6 (all of the Orchard's scores coming from David Carvill frees) with 33 minutes elapsed when Armagh were awarded a controversial penalty after Dylan McKenna was deemed to have been fouled. However, Paddy Maloney deflected Conor Corvan's shot over the crossbar. Westmeath were ahead by 0-17 to 0-7 at the interval.

Devine and Corvan (with Armagh's first score from open play) traded early points, but the second half ultimately produced a similar pattern to the first, Westmeath moving 0-24 to 0-12 ahead. Armagh captain Carvill was then sent off after picking up a second yellow card.

And Westmeath pounced for two late goals to add to the Orchard County's misery, eventually winning by a 22-point margin.

Westmeath: P Maloney; S Power, T Doyle, K Duncan; A Craig, P Greville, A Cox; A Clarke, G Greville (0-2); A Devine (1-11, 0-6f), N Mitchell (0-2), R Greville; E Price (1-7), B Murtagh (1-4, 0-1'65'), D Egerton (0-2). Subs: J Galvin for Egerton (58), D McNicholas (0-1) for R Greville (60), T Gallagher for Craig (63), R Gillen for Power (66), F Burke for Cox (69).

Armagh: S Doherty; C Clifford, A McGuinness, D Bridges; J Corvan, T Nevin, P McKearney; C Corvan (0-3, 1f, 1pen), S Renaghan; D Carvill (0-10, 10f), C Carvill (0-1), D McKenna (0-1); E McGuinness, D Magee, R Gaffney. Subs: N Strain (0-1) for McKearney (27), C Gorman for Magee (50), C Rice for Bridges (64).

Ref: J Connors (Donegal).

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