Westmeath Leinster Football Finalists 1949
Westmeath had eight points to spare over Carlow (3-7 to 1-5) in their championship opener and followed that up with a 2-5 to 0-7 victory over Laois. In the Leinster semi-final at Tullamore, Westmeath received a much tougher test from Offaly and, in fact, it took a great save by veteran goalkeeper Carberry to bring the tie to a replay (2-6 to 1-9 being the final score).
The replay attracted a huge crowd to Cusack Park and seven points from Peter Molloy saw the Lake County prevail on a 0-8 to 1-2 scoreline.
That set the scene for the Leinster final clash with Meath on July 31. Westmeath hopes suffered an early blow when key defenders Johnny Lyng and Dom Scanlon went off injured. Meath quickly gained the upper hand and, thanks to a Peter McDermott goal, they took a 1-4 to 0-2 lead into the break.
On the restart, the Royals took an even firmer grip on proceedings when Paddy Meegan punched in two goals. Westmeath replied with three pointed frees from Peter Molloy before a second McDermott goal put the issue beyond doubt. Back: Jim Moffatt (Selector), John Smith, J.J. Flynn, Peter Woods, Harry Dunne, Peter Molloy, Ned Martin, Maurice Dunne, Johnny Lyng, Oliver O’Rourke, Ned Mann, Breadan Walsh (County Chairman), Seán Connell. Front: Johnny Healy, Jack Carbury, Jimmy Greally, Dom Scanlon, Billy Fox, Jummy Deignan, Johnny Ward, Sonny Kearney, Mick Fitsimmons, Johnny Colclough, Larry Maguire.
Size: 450mm x 320mm (17 3/4” x 12 1/2”)