Tuesday 28 February 2017

Westmeath's late flourish enough to see off Wexford

14 June 2015; Paul Sharry, Westmeath, in action against Joey Wadding, Wexford. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Westmeath v Wexford. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
14 June 2015; Paul Sharry, Westmeath, in action against Joey Wadding, Wexford. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Westmeath v Wexford. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
14 June 2015; Kieran Martin, Westmeath, in action against Brian Malone, Wexford. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Westmeath v Wexford. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
14 June 2015; Kieran Martin, Westmeath, in action against Joey Wadding, Wexford. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Westmeath v Wexford. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
14 June 2015; Eoghan Nolan, Wexford, in action against Paddy Holloway, Westmeath. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Westmeath v Wexford. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
14 June 2015; Kieran Martin, Westmeath, in action against Naomhan Rossiter, Wexford. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Westmeath v Wexford. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
14 June 2015; Kieran Martin, Westmeath, in action against Naomhan Rossiter, Wexford. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Westmeath v Wexford. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Westmeath produced a blistering finish to see off a brave challenge from Wexford by 1-21 to 0-15 in Mullingar.

With 12 minutes remaining on the clock, Wexford led by two points but Westmeath finished very strongly to set up a Leinster semi-final meeting with near neighbours Meath.

It was a very close contest for an hour with neither side able to pull away from each other but Wexford were begining to shade things when Tom Cribben's men  caught fire.

Kieran Martin's 58th minute goal was the catalyst as the winners hit the front and points followed from Paul Sharry and substitute Denis Glennon.

It's the qualifiers for Wexford and a daunting trip to Newry to face Down.

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