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Martin reflects on Westmeath’s league campaign

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Westmeath footballer Kieran Martin has been reflecting on his county’s league campaign. The Lake County were promoted to Division 3 for this year and up until the penultimate game of the season were in the hunt for promotion.

Speaking on this week’s Super8s podcast Martin said: “The last few years it has always come down to the last game with us. Luckily this time the last game we were safe. It was nice going into the last game knowing you weren’t in limbo. You could give lads a chance that hadn’t got games throughout the league. We’d be happy with some of the performances; we had a lot of up and downs.”

Martin wasn’t pleased with how the league went on the whole: “I think the league was a bit of a disaster; weather wise and with not playing the last game in Division 4. I think that’s unfair to the players as well.”

He admitted that Westmeath would be happy enough with how the league went but felt they could’ve done better: “We’d be happy enough with it. Could we have done better? I suppose we could. It was just the way things went throughout the year. Weather wise it was hard to get pitches. There’s only one astroturf pitch in Westmeath and we are trying to share it with the hurlers. It was just a bit of a disaster that way.”

The focus now for Martin and his team-mates is the Leinster Championship campaign. He’s hoping for better luck there: “We had good performances but I just think we could’ve worked on a lot more. We have a bit of time now between our game with Laois or Wexford. We are going to be working on a lot. It is going to be hard work but I hope things will get better.”

Deniese O’Flaherty