In one of the greatest years it has ever been for Westmeath hurling, ‘The Lake County’ defeated Kilkenny last night in the BGE u21 Leinster Hurling championship last night.
A Warren ‘Batch’ Casserly goal decide the faith of the Westmeath players before he was forced off with a serious head injury. Under the watchful eye of newly appointed manager Eddie Brennan, Kilkenny bowed out of the competition when a last minute penalty was struck wide.
An extremely accurate Darragh Clinton also was the star of the show as the Delvin man hit 0-8 from placed balls.
It was tip for tap throughout the game with Kilkenny’s John Walsh keeping his side in touch with six points from free’s.
Kilkenny: J. Walsh (0-6, 6 frees), B. Ryan (0-3), S. Morrissey (0-2), A. Gaffney (0-1, 1 65)
Westmeath: D. Clinton (0-8, 8 frees), W. Casserly (1-0), L. Varley (0-1), K. Doyle (0-1), C. Doyle (0-1)
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);
Westmeath: S. Maher; M. Heeney, C. Shaw, A. Cox; J. Rabbitte, L. Varley, R. Gillen; W. Casserly, K. Doyle; D. Egerton, L. Cassidy, N. Mitchell; D. Clinton, C. Doyle, J. Galvin.
Subs: D. Giles for Heeney (29); P Lynam for Casserly (47);
The grasped the attention of the nation with a huge volume of tweets and pictures coming to light including Casserly’s injured head!