Westmeath were hammered by Mayo in round 2 of the Christy Ring and as a result are out of the main competition and into a relegation battle. Who would have predicted that? Winners 2 years ago, runner-up last year, coming off some good showings in the league and now they’re out of the running. Must have been because I picked them to win it out!
Mayo obviously turned in a great performance to beat them, final score was 2-20 to 0-15. On their day Mayo seem to be able to beat anyone at this grade, they just lack consistency. Great to see one of the best dual players in the game, Keith Higgins, still going strong, as he powers the Mayo team from midfield with his brother Pierse. Just shows that there is still room for the dual player in today’s game, just needs the managers to be accommodating and cut out their greedy all or nothing habits.
Elsewhere Down beat Kerry by 3-11 to 2-10 in Tralee, Carlow beat Kildare by 1-16 to 1-13 in Newbridge and Derry beat Wicklow 2-15 to 0-9 in Swatragh.
All those results mean Wicklow and Westmeath will play in a relegation play off. Carlow and Down are into the semi finals and Kerry, Kildare, Mayo and Derry will play 2 quarter finals.
UPDATE: Quarter Finals are Kildare v Mayo and Kerry v Derry, both on Saturday 23rd
Hurling Fixtures for Saturday July 19th
Saturday’s Christy Ring and Qualifier Action
Christy Ring Cup Round 1 Results