A vastly superior Westmeath side had a facile win over Louth in the quarter-final in Mullingar last night.
Indeed, Westmeath already had one foot in the semi-final at half-time, at which stage they led 4-14 to 0-2, with three of their goals coming from corner-forward Barry O'Mara, who was also a reliable freetaker. Louth's two points came from placed balls scored by Brian Corcoran.
The visitors failed to add to their total in the second half as a procession of Westmeath scores ensured victory by a 46-point margin with O'Mara helping himself to a hat-trick.
SCORERS -- Westmeath: B O'Mara 3-7 (5f), A Price 1-5, A Craig 1-4, T Doyle 1-3, C Scally 1-1, R Greville, N Kirby, S Fagan 0-2 each, D Lynch 0-1. Louth: B Corcoran 0-2 (2f).
Westmeath -- S McGovern; P Fennell, A McGrath, T Gallagher; C Dermody, D Fennell, G Flynn; D Lynch, A Clarke; C Boyle, A Craig, A Price; R Greville, T Doyle, B O'Mara. Subs: N Kirby for Greville (17), S Fagan for Clarke (17), D Garvin for McGrath (17), G McGovern for P Fennell (h-t), C Scally for Boyle (h-t).
Louth -- D Connolly; R McKeown, O Drumm, L Blundell; B Carter, D McKiernan, O Byrne; S Maguire, D Ryan; G McKeown, B Corcoran, R Geoghegan; D Stephenson, J Costelloe, M Byrne. Subs: D Bellew for Blundell (25), D Griffin for R McKeown (43), R Wallace for Byrne (43), R Scanlon for Geoghegan (43), R McKeown for Maguire (inj., 59).
Ref -- G Quilty (Kilkenny)
• MEATH have been dealt a major blow with star defender Kevin Reilly is likely to miss Sunday's Leinster SFC clash with Kildare on Sunday. Reilly was withdrawn towards the end of their replay win over Carlow and Meath confirmed the full back was "in trouble" with an achillies injury.