People can't quite believe that Westmeath U21 hurlers beat Kilkenny

Westmeath have beaten Kilkenny in hurling, writes Stephen Barry.

I repeat, Westmeath have beaten Kilkenny in hurling!

A young Westmeath supporter celebrates with manager Adrian Moran and selector Darren McCormack after the Bord Gais Energy Leinster U21 Hurling quarter-final at Cusack Park. Photo: Danny Boyce/Sportsfile
A young Westmeath supporter celebrates with manager Adrian Moran and selector Darren McCormack after the Bord Gais Energy Leinster U21 Hurling quarter-final at Cusack Park. Photo: Danny Boyce/Sportsfile

As word of the shock in the Leinster U21 quarter-final began to emerge, everyone tuned in to the Westmeath GAA Twitter account for the nerve-wracking details.

We weren’t there, but six minutes of injury time!? Come on, ref!!

And then there was the scandal of a last minute penalty…

*Frantic refreshing*

So led by the free-taking of Darragh Clinton, who scored 0-8, the home side held on for a 1-11 to 0-12 sensation of a result.

And, of course, there were wild celebrations; both in Cusack Park and online…

Not that it was easy…

So it’s Carlow, Offaly and Westmeath into the Leinster semi-finals; all counties that played in the round-robin stage at Senior level.

As for Kilkenny, with their minors already knocked out, some asked whether the county was now in crisis?...

What's worse, there was a report of Kilkenny using a sweeper too.

Truly the end of days has arrived…

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