Westmeath send Cat’s home with their tails between their legs.

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. 

A last minute burst from Westmeath held out for a Westmeath victory, they now face Wexford or Dublin in their semi-final as Carlow take on Offaly in two weeks time. 

Scorers

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!

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