Joe McDonagh Cup wrap: 'Mighty day' as Westmeath qualify for final

Westmeath are the first team into this year's Joe McDonagh Cup hurling final.

Late points from Allan Devine, Aonghus Clarke and Liam Varley saw Michael Ryan's side edge out Antrim by 2-19 to 1-20 in Mullingar.

Lake County boss Michael Ryan was delighted for his team.

"I'm so, so proud of everyone," he said. "We kept the gameplan going. We kept using the ball. We got a couple of great points from play and Allan Devine nailed a couple of long-range frees.

"That's what it's all about. This game is about 75 minutes and I'm so proud of everyone involved in Westmeath hurling, all the players, all the clubs and, above all, all the supporters.

"It was a mighty day for Westmeath hurling but, having said that, there's a long road yet to be travelled."

Division 2A League champions Carlow are up to second place following a 10-point, 2-25 to 2-15, victory at their neighbours Laois.

Kerry kept their qualification hopes alive with a 0-18 to 0-16 win over basement side Meath.

- Digital desk

Related Articles

Liam O’Neill’s stance against violence ages well

Watch as under-7s charity game raises thousands for club pitch damaged by sinkhole

Club GAA podcast: Kerry melee, Ballyea's finest hour, ‘Tubber joy, Fermoy famine over, Tournafulla's triumph

'It was a pure disgrace': Officiating physio 'appalled' by Kerry brawl as new footage emerges

More in this Section

Usain Bolt offer requires ‘third party contribution’ – Central Coast Mariners

Old Lady determined to wear Europe’s crown jewels

League of Ireland: Late goal gives Bray rare win; Bohs draw with Sligo

Ozil stars as Arsenal make it a perfect 10 with victory over Leicester

Breaking Stories

Ask a counsellor: ‘I’m scared my messy relationship history will put my new partner off me’

Whole world in their hands: Icons design globes in aid of GOAL

Nerina Pallot dancing to her own tune

Little-known plan could save you inheritance tax

More From The Irish Examiner