Stronger bench proves decisive as resurgent Meath deny Westmeath

Allianz National Hurling League Division 2 North

By Damien Maher

Frustrating. Westmeath travelled to Pairc Tailteann, Navan last Sunday for the first round of the National Football League (Division 2 North) and had to settle for an agonising one-point defeat having looked likely winners when leading by 0-13 to 0-9 after 57 minutes.

Ultimately, Meath hung in there in typical defiant fashion and when Westmeath faced a 10-minute period with 14 men, the home side sensed a chance and three unanswered scores saw momentum shift decisively in their favour. Despite 11 wides (to Westmeath’s five) Meath eked out a narrow victory and their experience of playing in Division 1 last year was an obvious factor in the final quarter.

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