Curley gives Westmeath hope
Westmeath edged to their first win of the league campaign to give themselves hope of avoiding the drop.
Their heart and commitment belied their form, and their 1-7 to 0-9 half-time lead flattered Antrim. The goal came in the 16th minute when Ciaran Curley rifled home from close range after the outstanding Darren McCormack sent in a dangerous ball.
Antrim went in front six minutes into the second half when Shane McNaughton fired in a goal from 20 metres. It was nip and tuck thereafter and the sides were tied at 1-12 apiece with eight minutes remaining. Brendan Murtagh's free and a fine score from play from 60 metres by Derek McNicholas edged the hosts ahead.
McNaughton then received a straight red card and, in the last action of the game, visiting sub Paul Shields tried to blast home a winning goal, but his 25-metre free flew over rather than under the bar.
Scorers -- Westmeath: B Murtagh 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 '65), D McNicholas 0-4, C Curley 1-0, A Dowdall 0-2, J Clarke, E Price, D Carty 0-1 each. Antrim: S McNaughton 1-6 (0-4f), K McKeegan (0-2f, 0-1 '65') and P Shields (0-2f) 0-3 each, PJ O'Connell 0-1.
Westmeath -- B McLoughlin; G Gavin, A Price, C Jordan; J Shaw, A Mitchell, D McCormack; N Flanagan, E Price; A Dowdall, D McNicholas, J Clarke; D Carty, B Murtagh, C Curley Subs: L Smith for Flanagan (43), P Greville for Gavin (44), R Jackson for Clarke (70).
Antrim -- G McGee; N McAuley, J McKeague, B McFall; PJ O'Connell, C Donnelly, C Herron; P Shivers, K McKeegan; S McNaughton, P McGill, S McCrory; C McFall, A Smiley, E McCloskey Subs: P Shields for McGill (h-t), T McCann for Smiley (h-t), D Hamill for McCloskey (50), M Scullion for C McFall (63).
Ref -- E Hassen (Derry).