Heslin inspires Westmeath
A tremendous second-half display on Saturday enabled Westmeath to advance to a semi-final clash with Laois.
The hosts were fortunate to be level at the break (2-3 to 0-9) in Mullingar, with Brian Sheridan scoring seven points for Meath.
Westmeath's goals came from Paul Sharry and James Durkan -- the moves for both instigated by wonderful fielding from midfielder John Heslin, who is still eligible for the minors.
Sub Michael Newman's goal, put Colm O'Rourke's charges back in front, but with Heslin and Sharry excelling, Westmeath fired 10 unanswered points.
Tigerish defending then kept O'Rourke's disappointing side in check, as did the loss of Kevin McCann to a second yellow.
Scorers -- Westmeath: J Heslin 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1s), J Durkan 1-1, P Sharry 1-0, C Lynam 0-3 (0-1f), J Egan, L Smyth 0-2 each, I Coffey 0-1. Meath: B Sheridan 0-7 (0-5f), M Newman 1-0, M Collins 0-2, C Berrigan, S Dalton 0-1 each.
Westmeath -- D Quinn, B Moran, K Maguire, R Doyle, G Egan, K Martin, J Dolan, D Corroon, J Heslin, P Sharry, J Egan, C Lynam, I Coffey, C McCormack, J Durkan. Subs: T Mescall for Doyle (21), L Smyth for Egan (37), T McDaniel for Lynam (59).
Meath -- P O'Rourke, C Lenihan, S Curran, G Sheridan, T Johnson, B Menton, K McCann, C Gillespie, C Berrigan, A Douglas, M Collins, G Reilly, D Carroll, B Sheridan, S Dalton. Subs: M Newman for Reilly (20), S O'Brien for G Sheridan (39), B Lyons for Carroll (50).
Ref -- B O'Shea (Dublin).
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