Sunday 18 March 2018

Wexford flattered by 10-point win over Antrim, Westmeath win in London

David Redmond of Wexford in action against Neil McManus
David Redmond of Wexford in action against Neil McManus

Liam Dunne's Wexford are safely through to Phase One of the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers after a 3-18 to 0-17 win over Antrim at Wexford Park while Westmeath won in Ruislip.

Podge Doran and Rory Jacob hit the back of the net in the opening half as the Leinster side played into a strong wind helping them to a 2-5 to 0-9 half-time lead after the wind-assisted Saffrons had forged ahead with scores from Shane McNaughton and Neil McManus..

Antrim were still well in the game in the second half and trailed by three at the halfway point of the second period but Paul Morris' goal on 56 minutes was heartbreaking for the visitors.

Wexford pressed on for a comfortable win and advance to play Carlow in phase One of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Antrim will face either Down or Derry in the Ulster Hurling final on July 7.

Meanwhile, a strong second half showing from Westmeath was enough to earn them a 1-14 to 0-11 win over London in Ruislip.

London held a one point lead at the break on a scoreline of 0-7 to 0-6 despite hitting 11 first half wides.

They were made to rue those missed opportunities as Westmeath powered to a six point win with Brendan Murtagh finding the net for the Lakesiders.

Westmeath will host the winners of Offaly and Waterford in Phase One of the qualifiers next week.

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