Ashley Cahill/INPHO Westmeath manager Joe Fortune celebrates at the final whistle.
what a result

Westmeath stun Wexford at the death to secure famous Leinster SHC draw

Derek McNicholas was Westmeath’s last-gasp hero.

Westmeath 2-15

Wexford 0-21

WESTMEATH HAVE SECURED a memorable result in the Leinster senior hurling championship, holding Wexford to a draw at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar.

A last-gasp goal from Derek McNicholas earned the Midlanders a 2-15 to 0-21 draw after an excellent performance; the veteran substitute raising a green flag in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Wexford were wasteful throughout, and could now be denied a place in the All-Ireland series. Niall Mitchell provided the hosts’ other goal, while Killian Doyle was their top-scorer with 0-11 (nine frees, one ’65).

Westmeath finished with 14 men, after Davy Glennon was shown a yellow card with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Joe Fortune’s side face Laois next as both look to preserve their Liam MacCarthy Cup status.

Scorers for Westmeath: Killian Doyle (0-11, 9f, 1 ’65), Derek McNicholas and Niall Mitchell (both 1-0), Aaron Craig, Davy Glennon, Niall O’Brien and Kevin Regan (all 0-1).

Scorers for Wexford: Lee Chin (0-9, 7f), Liam Óg McGovern, Oisín Foley, Simon Donohoe, Conor McDonald and Rory O’Connor (all 0-2), Paul Morris and Conor Hearne (both 0-1). 


Noel Conaty

Johnny Bermingham, Aonghus Clarke, Darragh Egerton

Robbie Greville, Tommy Doyle, Aaron Craig

Cormac Boyle, Shane McGovern

Davy Glennon, Joey Boyle, Niall O’Brien

Niall Mitchell, Eoin Keyes, Killian Doyle.


Kevin Regan for C Boyle (49)

Owen McCabe for Keyes (50)

Derek McNicholas for J Boyle (67)

Darragh Clinton for O’Brien (70)

Jack Gillen for Mitchell (73).


Mark Fanning

Simon Donohoe, Liam Ryan, Conor Devitt

Matthew O’Hanlon, Damien Reck, Paudie Foley

Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Liam Óg McGovern

Jack O’Connor, Oisín Foley, Lee Chin

Paul Morris (0-1), Conor McDonald, R O’Connor.


Kevin Foley for O’Keeffe (29)

Charlie McGuckian for Morris (50)

Connal Flood for J O’Connor (54)

Mikie Dwyer for O Foley (62)

Conor Hearne for Ryan (inj, 67).

Referee: Shane Hynes (Galway).


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