Dessie Dolan won his eighth Westmeath SFC title with Garrycastle on Sunday, one more than his father managed in what, he insisted after the final whistle, was his final act in county football.

The evergreen Dolan helped Garrycastle to pull off a dramatic comeback in the second half against St Loman's which saw them regain the cup after a five-year gap.

The former All-Ireland finalists came from eight points down to win a pulsating decider by four points.

Dolan, 40, said a half-time chat with his brother Gary, who manages the team, resulted in the former Westmeath star getting taken off and the match subsequently being turned on its head.

"We were struggling with St Loman's all over the park," said Dolan.

"We couldn't contain Ronan O'Toole and John Heslin. Myself and Gary had a chat. I went off and we put James Sheerin in at full-forward, a big target man. We got a couple of balls into him and it kind of changed the game for us. The lads were incredible. The longer it went on the better we were getting.

"St Loman's were playing all the football but they never turned up in the second half. We smelled the opportunity and we took it. It's incredible.

"You might take for granted getting the county title, but this was special. We're five years without getting one. There were incredible scenes at the end. I don't think anyone could believe the win."

Dolan will keep going as Garrycastle embark on a their Leinster campaign but this will definitely be his final year. It was therefore the perfect swansong, even more so considering he surpassed a significant family milestone.

"This was (county title) number eight," added Dolan. "I'm delighted because my dad has seven. It's hard to beat your dad at anything but I beat him at county titles finally. I'll take that one over him!

"Today was my last  day playing Westmeath county football. I'll do a little bit in Leinster but I'm finished with county football in Westmeath.

"It was a massive performance. No one had performed in the first half. County finals are for performing, and no one was happy. There's a bit of character in that room and we showed it in the second half.

"I turned 40 during the summer. My younger brother is the manager. He was saying, 'just play a little bit, help the lads on he pitch'. I was delighted to do it. It was a special day for Garrycastle."