Manager Neal Peden cut a dejected figure after Antrim's Division 2A promotion hopes were ended by Westmeath.
"It's very disappointing for us," Peden told the Irish News after the two-point defeat in Corrigan Park.
"We came here with great expectations as it was a massive game to stand up and be counted in regards to the National Hurling League.
"We had chances to push on in the second half and we didn't. When we go back and look at the stats, those are the things we will be saying.
"Scoring 1-3 isn't good from play and that's what I meant about the second half because we had talked about taking long-range scores with the breeze and we should have been picking off more scores than we did. The last 10 minutes became the dogfight that the National Hurling League can be."Tweet