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Garrycastle, Tang and Athlone bid for football league titles

Story by Kieran Galvin

Friday, 29th June, 2018 5:15pm

Garrycastle, Tang and Athlone bid for football league titles

The Garrycastle team pictured before contesting last year's ACFL Div. 1 final. They meet St Loman's in this year's final. Photo: Thomas Gibbons.

The Westmeath ACFL finals take place tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) - with Garrycastle, Tang and Athlone among the clubs bidding to win league titles.

All four finals will be played at TEG Cusack Park. The Division 2 final between Tang and Shandonagh takes place tonight (Friday) at 8.30pm. Both Tang and Shandonagh (runners-up in last year's intermediate championship) have earned promotion to Division 1 for next year.

The meeting of Tang and Shandonagh will be preceded by the Division 3 decider - The Downs (second team) v Milltown (7pm).

Garrycastle face St Loman's Mullingar - county champions for the past three years and 2017 Leinster finals - in the Division 1 decider tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm.

It's a repeat of last year's league final which St Loman's won (1-14 to 2-8) in what was a keenly-contested affair. In the 2017 final, Alex Gardiner was top scorer for Garrycastle with 1-5, with Tom O'Halloran scoring their other goal, while Shane Dempsey (1-4) and Ken Casey (0-5) led the way in the scoring stakes for Loman's. 

Garrycastle's only defeat in this year's Division 1 campaign came recently against neighbours Athlone, and now the 'Castle men will be hoping to secure the league crown which would be a timely boost ahead of the championship kick-off in three weeks' time. 

The Division 4 final between Athlone (second team) and Mullingar Shamrocks will be the curtain-raiser to the Division 1 decider. Shamrocks secured their place in the final by defeating Moate All Whites last night (Thursday).

Westmeath All County Football League Finals
(All finals at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar)

Friday, June 29

ACFL Division 3 Final
The Downs v Milltown, 7pm, Ken Daly.

ACFL Division 2 Final
Tang v Shandonagh, 8.30pm, A Coyle. 

Saturday, June 30

ACFL Division 4 Final
Athlone v Mullingar Shamrocks 6pm, P McCaughey.

ACFL Division 1 Final
Garrycastle v St Loman’s Mullingar, 7.30pm, J Rock.

(Extra-time if necessary in all of the football league finals)

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