Offaly jibes won't 'harm' Westmeath
Westmeath manager Michael Ryan says that his players will have disparaging comments from Offaly in the back of their minds when the counties clash in Saturday's Leinster SHC quarter-final in Mullingar.
An Offaly Express piece entitled "If we can't beat Westmeath we may as well give up hurling" has gained considerable traction over the last two days - and Ryan has noted it.
An anonymous columnist, offered the view that "Westmeath should not, and should never be, at our level".
Ryan said: "I just smile and say nothing. Those things have been happening since the year dot.
"But it won't do us any harm. At the same time, it won't win the match for us.
"I was just amused by it. I don't know how people can come up with that but everybody's entitled to their own opinion."
"It won't have any big bearing on the game but we'll keep it in the back of our minds," he vowed.
When the sides met in the Leinster round-robin series last year, Westmeath pulled off a stunning 2-22 to 1-11 win at TEG Cusack Park.