A late, late injury time point by substitute Brendan Murtagh earned Westmeath a draw in yesterday's below par Allianz NHL Div.2 struggle with Antrim.
For their determination and fighting qualities, the visitors just about deserved to share the spoils but Antrim were short a number of regulars because of the Higher Education hurling action at the weekend and injuries.
"The Jordanstown players came back totally wrecked,” slammed Antrim co-manager Dominic McKinley.
“They couldn't even be included in the subs. They are taking people to Croke Park and talking about the welfare of players and setting up meetings but breaking their own rules. It's a load of nonsense. “
The teams were level at 0-2 and 0-4 each in the opening 17 minutes before the visitors took control and scored five points to one over the next 16 minutes. The run was halted as Karl Stewart (two frees) and Brendan Herron tossed over three Antrim points before Brian Smyth, in injury time, gave the visitors a 0-10 to 0-8 half-time lead.
In less than three minutes after the restart the Saffrons were level with Herron and Stewart again the scorers and when sharpshooter Stewart tossed over two more long-range frees Antrim took a lead they never relinquished until Westmeath's late leveller.
Stewart kept Antrim's nose in front with excellent free-taking and a super save by 'keeper Ryan McGarry - his second of the match - in the 50th minute prevented Westmeath from going in front when the score stood at 0-14 to 0-13. Michael Herron increased Antrim's lead four minutes from normal time but points by Ciarán Curley and Murtagh's free levelled the argument.