Westmeath hurlers look to use feelgood factor

Westmeath hurling manager Michael Ryan is hopeful that the feelgood factor created by the footballers’ historic win over Meath can lead to his men creating a big shock on Sunday.

The county is on a high since the win on Sunday and Ryan is hoping this rubs off on his charges as they prepare to host Limerick in Mullingar.

Former Waterford manager Ryan was blown away by the performance of Tom Cribbin’s footballers in Croke Park to reach the provincial final.

“It was a fantastic performance and a fantastic result. I loved the performance and the way they went about it,” said Ryan.

“They kept in the game long enough and then came very strong at the end. It’s a big boost for the GAA in Westmeath, there’s no doubt about it.

“We’d definitely be hoping to replicate some of the things that happened this weekend. I hope it gives our lads a bit of belief, but we won’t know that until the ball is thrown in. I think it would lift them. The footballers, in the last couple of years have had tough times, but by God, they responded in style the last day. They were magnificent,” said the hurling manager.

An injury-ravaged Westmeath succumbed to Wexford in the Leinster quarter-final, but Ryan thinks his side must believe they can beat TJ Ryan’s troops. “Our job at the weekend is to play as well as we can and see where it take us. There is no point playing this game if you don’t play to win.”

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