McCarthy triumphs in Citywest thriller

Updated: Monday, 09 Jul 2012 00:28 | Comments

Westmeath star Robbie McCarthy Jnr
Westmeath star Robbie McCarthy Jnr

Rising young Westmeath star Robbie McCarthy Jnr (Mullingar) further enhanced his growing reputation as one of the country's finest emerging talents when he claimed the singles title at the GAA/O' Neill's Irish One-Wall National Championships at Citywest in Dublin on Sunday.

McCarthy saw off Clare’s Diarmuid Nash (Tuamgraney) in a thrilling final over three games.

In the first game, McCarthy was well in control throughout,
killing and retrieving the ball at will and despite some stern
resistance from a resilient Nash, the Westmeath man forging ahead to close out on a decisive scoreline of 15-9.

In the second game, Nash hit his stride as he forced a tiebreaker after prevailing 15-12.

Nash raced into what appeared to be a commanding 8-1 lead, but McCarthy responded in emphatic fashion, reeling off ten consecutive points and eventually prevailing 11-9 to record his second win in the event.

Meanwhile, in the women's event, Down’s Lorraine Havern (Saval) drubbed Fiona Shannon (St Paul's, Belfast) 15-2 15-0 to regain the crown she first won 2010.

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