Antrim in shock Westmeath defeat
Westmeath 0-14 Antrim 0-12
Published Saturday, 19 May 2012
Antrim's hurlers crashed out of the Leinster Hurling Championship after suffering a shock defeat to fourteen-man Westmeath on Saturday.
Westmeath's Aonghus Clarke and Neil McManus of Antrim (© Presseye)
The Saffrons went down by 0-14 to 0-12 in Mullingar after surrendering a five point half-time lead.
Three points apiece from Shane McNaughton and Liam Watson had put the Antrim ahead by 0-8 to 0-2 at the interval, and the Ulster side's cause was further helped by the dismissal of Conor Jordan five minutes before half time.
However, Westmeath regrouped superbly after the restart, with Niall O'Brien hitting a succession of scores to help earn his side the victory.
They set up a Leinster SHC quarter-final clash with Galway after turning the game around with an inspired second-half performance.
Antrim must now regroup ahead of the All-Ireland qualifiers in July.