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Westmeath battle back for victory

Fourteen-man Westmeath came from behind to score a 0-14 to 0-12 win over Antrim and set up a Leinster SHC quarter-final clash with Galway.

They had defender Conor Jordan sent off after half an hour, but somehow they turned the game around with an inspired second-half performance to come from six points behind.

Niall O'Brien did most of the damage up front with a superb eight-point tally as the Lake county pulled off an unlikely victory.

Liam Watson angled over a couple of neat scores to make it 0-3 to 0-0 in Antrim's favour after 10 minutes.

Westmeath suffered what appeared to be a serious setback in the 30th minute when Jordan picked up a second yellow card, and at the break it was the Ulster men who led by 0-8 to 0-3.

The home side, with the wind in their backs, started the second half brightly, with O'Brien and Boyle hitting the target, and when Aonghus Clarke swept over a stylish point, followed by O'Brien's fifth, the deficit was down to two.

O'Brien powered over a free from 70 metres to narrow the gap to a single point midway through the second half, and it was Murtagh who brought the sides level.

Antrim went back in front through substitute Conor McCann, but only briefly, as the home side, with Price and Paul Fennell performing heroics, shut up shop at the back.

And the Leinster men shot the final three points of the game, going in front for the first time through O'Brien, and sealing with the win with Murtagh's late strike.


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