St Loman's 0-17
Tyrrellspass 2-9 AET
St Loman’s were crowned Westmeath Senior Football Champions following a two-point victory over Tyrrellspass after extra time, in TEG Cusack Park.
Loman’s were ahead for the vast majority of the second half, though Tyrrellspass found the net in stoppage time to put themselves in front and they looked on course to claim their first title in 13 years.
Loman’s had other ideas however and they were definitely the better team over the course of the game, as they squandered many goal chances that could have killed off the contest earlier.
Tyrrellspass opened the scoring with a free from Ger Egan, though Loman's responded superbly and three points from John Heslin left them two points ahead at the water break.
Tyrrellspass were awarded a penalty after 18 minutes, when Kieran Geraghty was fouled and Egan made no mistake with the resulting spot-kick to give his side the lead.
Loman’s almost had a goal immediately afterwards, though Fionn O’Hara’s effort was cleared off the line.
Aaron O’Brien opened his account, to double his side’s advantage, before successive scores from Heslin levelled proceedings.
O’Hara and O’Brien then exchanged scores, as the teams went into the interval level, with all to play for in the second half.
Egan opened the second half scoring, before Ronan O’Toole equalised for Loman’s, though successive scores from Peter Foy (2) and Sam McCartan gave St Loman’s a three point advantage.
Egan and Kelvin Reilly then traded points, before a free from the former left two between the teams late on.
Evan Connell found the net for Tyrrellspass in stoppage time, to send their support into raptures, as they went ahead with very little time remaining.
Loman’s were then awarded a free late on, after Conor O’Donoghue was fouled and Heslin showed nerves of steel to point the place-kick and send the game into extra time.
It was tit for tat at the start of extra time, with both sides cancelling each other out, though a point for Kevin Regan left Loman’s a point up at half-time in extra time.
Heslin then added a point, though Tyrrellspass had appeals for a penalty turned down in the 75th minute and Loman's then responded down the other end with a point from O’Toole.
A late free from Ger Egan was no more than consolation, as Declan Kelly’s side held on for a two-point win, to claim their first Championship since 2017.
St Loman’s Mullingar: Jason Daly; Paddy Dowdall, Darragh O’Keefe, David Whelan; Kelvin Reilly (0-1), Ryan Jones, Conor O’Donoghue; Sean Flanagan, Fola Ayorinde; Conradh Reilly, Ronan O’Toole (0-3), Sam McCartan (0-1); Peter Foy (0-2), John Heslin (0-8, 0-5f), Fionn O’Hara (0-1).
Subs: Rory Sheahan for C Reilly (38), Kevin Regan (0-1) for Jones (55), Enda Gaffney for O’Hara (64), Sean Kelly for O’Donoghue (79)
Tyrrellspass: Darren Quinn; Jamie Corcoran, Jamie Gonoud, Stephen Quinn; Val Sizychas, Nigel Harte, Conor Slevin; David Lynam, Denis Glennon; Aaron O’Brien (0-2), Adam Flanagan (0-1), Dean McNicholas (0-1); Kieran Geraghty, David Glennon, Ger Egan (1-5, 1-0 penalty, 0-4f).
Subs: Brian Slevin for Sizychas (h-t), Thomas Ryan for Geraghty (45), Cormac Rigney for C Slevin (50), Evan Connell (1-0) for David Glennon (57), Cathal Dunne for Rigney (70), Michael Geraghty for O’Brien (70), Phillip Sheridan for Flanagan (73)
Referee: Pat Fox (Rosemount)