Game At A Glance
Man of the Match
Maurice Shanahan (Waterford)
The wing-forward followed up his outstanding display in Tullamore a week previously with another star showing. His last-gasp goal was a cruel blow to a gallant home side, and he scored nine points.
Waterford fans were growing impatient with their charges until Brian O'Sullivan's well-taken goal in the 32nd minute. Despite Westmeath's continued commitment, the outcome was never really in great doubt.
Westmeath fans were not in good spirits after their footballers' shock defeat by Fermanagh in the preceding game, but they were well pleased with the hurlers' commitment, particularly in the opening 35 minutes.
Liam Varley, just turned 18, produced a wonderful catch above Shanahan in the 23rd minute, as Westmeath hurled with great purpose and determination.
An ill-tempered start saw Diarmuid Kirwan issue four players (two from each side) with yellow cards in two separate incidents in the opening three minutes. The game settled thereafter and the Cork official had a largely trouble-free evening.
WHAT THEY SAID
Michael Ryan (Waterford manager):
"We were expecting a tough game. Westmeath beat Laois in the league, and Laois are a good side who are still in the championship."
Brian Hanley (Westmeath manager): "I'm proud of the first half, but I'm not here for moral victories and I never will be. We needed to go in five or six points up at half-time, but we missed a goal and they got a goal. Waterford are a top-five team and we're not."
Waterford 13 (7 first half)
Westmeath 4 (2)
Waterford 11 (6)
Westmeath 11 (8)
Waterford 3 (M Shanahan 1, S O'Sullivan 3, N Connors 16)
Westmeath 2 (L Varley 1, D Fennell 3)
Waterford's renaissance continues in the next round of qualifiers on July 13. Westmeath's summer is finished.
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