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Thursday 26 April 2018

Graphic content: Westmeath player shares gruesome pic of head injury following sensational win over Kilkenny

Warren Casserly's side beat the Cats... and he has the wounds to show it
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Beating the Cats will probably be the definition of elation for the Westmeath U-21s, but it looks like it came at a cost.

The Midlands side knocked Kilkenny out of the U21 Hurling championship this evening with a 1-11 to 0-12 win.

Westmeath put their bodies on the line for the win at Cusack Park- and it looks like one player in particular will be tending to a sore head in the morning.

Midfielder Warren Casserly managed a crucial goal in the 34th minute, giving the boys a safe spot in the Leinster Championship semi-final.

But the game's only goal-scorer was taken off at the 47th minute after he suffered a nasty gash to his head.

He beat the Cats and he has the scars to show it - Casserly took to his Snapchat moments after the game and shared a picture of the deep cut, writing; "We got the win anyway".

Popular social media personality Rory's Stories wrote on Twitter; "Beating the Cats comes with a cost #HardyHuar #BeGrand."

Twitter rejoiced this evening with nothing but praise for the boys in maroon.

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With Liam Varley outstanding at centre-back, Westmeath carried the game to the Cats and deserved to be more than a point (0-9 to 0-8) ahead at the break.

Billy Ryan equalised within 90 seconds of the resumption but Westmeath pulled clear in the 34th minute when Warren Casserly poked in a goal.

They still led by a goal when six minutes of injury-time was announced.

Substitute Andrew Gaffney pointed a '65' in the third minute of added-time and Kilkenny looked set to spoil the party when Liam Blanchfield was fouled with time almost up, but Gaffney's penalty was wide with the last puck of the match.

Scorers - Westmeath: D Clinton 0-8 (8fs), W Casserly 1-0, L Varley (f), K Doyle, C Doyle 0-1 each.

Kilkenny: J Walsh 0-6 (6fs), B Ryan 0-3, S Morrissey 0-2, A Gaffney 0-1 ('65').

Westmeath - S Maher; A Cox, C Shaw, M Heeney; J Rabbitte, L Varley, R Gillen; W Casserly, K Doyle; N Mitchell, L Cassidy, D Egerton; J Galvin, C Doyle, D Clinton. Subs: D Giles for Heeney (29), P Lynam for Casserly (inj, 47).

Kilkenny - D Brennan; E Cody, C Delaney, H Lalor; P Lyng, J Cleere, P Deegan; C Browne, E Kenny; L Blanchfield, S Morrissey, N Mullins; B Ryan, A Murphy, J Walsh. Subs: A Gaffney for Kenny (h-t), K Blanchfield for Murphy (49), T Phelan for Mullins (59).

Ref - B O'Leary (Wexford).

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