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Stunning fightback earns Westmeath historic win

By John Campbell

Last weekend, underdogs Sligo and Antrim recorded stunning victories against Roscommon and Laois respectively.

Yesterday, it was the turn of unsung Westmeath to step onto the rostrum when they outscored Meath by 2-8 to 0-1 in the last 20 minutes of an epic Leinster semi-final to thunder into the decider in spectacular style.

John Heslin scored a remarkable 1-10 and Kieran Martin bagged 2-3 as Westmeath scorched to their first-ever championship victory over Meath in dramatic circumstances.

Meath had looked home and hosed at 2-14 to 1-11 but Westmeath slowly upped the ante.

They blazed through the final quarter with Heslin getting their all-important third goal in the dying embers of a game that will be re-lived for years to come.

Tom Cribben's side will now meet Dublin in the final with Jim Gavin's men brushing aside a feeble Kildare challenge in the other last-four encounter.

The Dubs won by 5-18 to 0-14 with the match over as a contest by half-time when they led by 3-10 to 0-6.

Bernard Brogan and Diarmuid Connolly each scored two goals with Dean Rock contributing the other.

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