Monday 27 March 2017

Westmeath stun Cats

Westmeath 1-11 Kilkenny 0-12 Leinster U-21 Hurling

Warren Casserly’s 34th-minute goal proved to be the crucial score for Adrian Moran’s Westmeath side: MIDLANDS 103 SPORT
Warren Casserly’s 34th-minute goal proved to be the crucial score for Adrian Moran’s Westmeath side: MIDLANDS 103 SPORT

Westmeath caused a sensation as Kilkenny sent a last-second penalty wide in Mullingar when a goal would have won it.

With Liam Varley outstanding at centre-back, Westmeath carried the game to the Cats and deserved to be more than a point (0-9 to 0-8) ahead at the break.

Billy Ryan equalised within 90 seconds of the resumption but Westmeath pulled clear in the 34th minute when Warren Casserly poked in a goal.

They still led by a goal when six minutes of injury-time was announced.

Substitute Andrew Gaffney pointed a '65' in the third minute of added-time and Kilkenny looked set to spoil the party when Liam Blanchfield was fouled with time almost up, but Gaffney's penalty was wide with the last puck of the match.

Scorers - Westmeath: D Clinton 0-8 (8fs), W Casserly 1-0, L Varley (f), K Doyle, C Doyle 0-1 each.

Kilkenny: J Walsh 0-6 (6fs), B Ryan 0-3, S Morrissey 0-2, A Gaffney 0-1 ('65').

Westmeath - S Maher; A Cox, C Shaw, M Heeney; J Rabbitte, L Varley, R Gillen; W Casserly, K Doyle; N Mitchell, L Cassidy, D Egerton; J Galvin, C Doyle, D Clinton. Subs: D Giles for Heeney (29), P Lynam for Casserly (inj, 47).

Kilkenny - D Brennan; E Cody, C Delaney, H Lalor; P Lyng, J Cleere, P Deegan; C Browne, E Kenny; L Blanchfield, S Morrissey, N Mullins; B Ryan, A Murphy, J Walsh. Subs: A Gaffney for Kenny (h-t), K Blanchfield for Murphy (49), T Phelan for Mullins (59).

Ref - B O'Leary (Wexford).

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