Westmeath Hurlers got a severe smack in the mouth in Cusack Park a couple of weeks back when the men from Kerry deservedly got one over them to bring them crashing back to earth after an opening day win over neighbours Offaly. Joe Quaid’s men tasted defeat for the first time under his tenure and alot wondered had the bubble burst for Westmeath hurling.
A four day camel ride up to Dunloy for the midlanders appeared to the perfect burial ground for their season against Antrim coming off an O’Connor Park victory over free falling Offaly.
How wrong could we have been, played before a decent home crowd of roughly 2,000, many of which will have the name Killian Doyle on the tip of their tongue’s as the Raharney man gave an absolute exhibition for the visitors. Sixteen points and a stellar performance at number 11 but in truth Westmeath were awesome all over the park.
Antrim had their own Neil McManus finishing with 12 points leading the charge but you never felt Westmeath were in too much trouble as their backline returned to form after a shocking round 3 of the championship.
Westmeath were with out some key men most notably Niall Mitchell who is still recovering from a hand injury and look forward to a ding dong last round match over a Laois team destined for success under the excellent charges of Eddie Brennan.
Killian Doyle’s pretty flawless display under the dim lights of GAA NOW will be missed by most but alas encouraging signs we can a least see these awesome displays online.
Final Score: Westmeath 0-29 Antrim 0-21