Defensive challenge for Westmeath ahead of Leinster Championship  

The absence of Jamie Gonoud for the upcoming Leinster Senior Football Championship against Laois is undoubtedly a significant blow for Westmeath manager, Jack Cooney, after last year’s heavy defeat against the same opposition.

Both Gonoud and Finbar Coyne have suffered cruciate ligament injuries, putting a blemish on what has been a hugely positive start to the season for Westmeath, who have won both the O’Byrne Cup and Division 3 titles.