Kennedy goal edges derby tie
Westmeath 1-17 Meath 0-15
A well-taken goal from Marcus Kennedy and some fine goalkeeping from Brian McHugh were the decisive factors as Westmeath defeated Meath in Mullingar.
The wind-assisted home team led by 0-4 to 0-0 after five minutes, Sean O'Brien scoring all four. Meath gradually came more into the game but Westmeath finished the half strongly and led 0-10 to 0-5 ahead at the break.
The visitors were deservedly on level terms, 0-12 each, by the 43rd minute. Then came Kennedy's goal, quickly followed by a crucial save by McHugh from Mikey Cullen.
Scorers - Westmeath: M Kennedy 1-4, S O'Brien, C O'Brien (3fs) 0-4 each, D O'Reilly 0-2, J Murphy, S Loughlin, E Fox 0-1 each. Meath: P Farrell 0-6 (6fs), M Cullen 0-5, R Byrne 0-3, B McGowan 0-1.
Westmeath - B McHugh; D Reilly, N McKenna, C Flynn; L Broderick, P Fagan, J Bermingham; C McCrossan, J O'Brien; S O'Brien, J Murphy, D O'Reilly; M Kennedy, S Loughlin, C O'Brien. Subs: D Core for Flynn (37), E Fox for Loughlin (42), C Lynch for Murphy (55), P Kane for McCrossan (60 + 3).
Meath - C Ennis; B Reilly, J McNally, B Kelly; W Flynn, S Martin, J Ryan; C McNally, S Coffey; B McGowan, P Farrell, C Hayes; M Cullen, R Byrne, B Dowling. Subs: M Mullen for Hayes (26), A Murphy for Mullen (50), T Fadden for Dowling (58), D Kilmartin for C McNally (59). Ref - M O'Sullivan (Kilkenny).