'A huge day for Westmeath hurling'

May 22, 2023

Westmeath's Eoin Keyes celebrates after the game with Peter Clarke ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Westmeath manager Joe Fortune has challenged his players to build on their astounding Leinster SHC victory over Wexford.

The Lake County came from 17 points down at Chadwicks Wexford Park to beat the hosts by 4-18 to 2-22 after losing their previous three games against Kilkenny, Dublin and Galway by an average of 23 points. A win over Antrim next weekend would secure Westmeath's top-flight status regardless of what happens in Wexford’s game against Kilkenny.

"I'm just delighted for them as a group, as a county. It means an awful lot to them. They have never done it at this level. It’s a huge day for Westmeath hurling, but it means nothing unless we go and get the job done next week,” Fortune told RTÉ after plotting his native county’s downfall in sensational fashion.

"We need to beat Antrim in Cusack Park next Sunday, but you’ll remember days like this when you get the job done properly.

"It's about getting recovery done tomorrow, getting together as a group and then driving on again. A really enjoyable day today."

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