Westmeath relegate Laois to retain Division 1 status

March 25, 2023

Westmeath's Killian Doyle ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Westmeath retained their Allianz Hurling League Division 1 status and sent down Laois thanks to a 3-24 to 1-26 victory over them in Thurles this afternoon.

After Stephen Maher had inspired the O’Moore men to the perfect start, which saw them running up a 0-8 to 0-3 lead after 12 minutes, Westmeath firmly announced their arrival with Joey Boyle’s goal two minutes later.

From there, Joe Fortune’s men would go on to take the lead (2-10 to 0-15) by half-time thanks to Niall O’Brien’s goal and a point late in the half from Ciaran Doyle.

Killian Doyle and O’Brien would continue to exchange frees after the turnaround but the key moment came with seven minute to go and it saw substitute Eoin Keyes hammering in a third goal for the Lake County.

‘Keeper Enda Rowland did net a late free for Laois to keep the heat on but it proved in vain, as Derek McNicholas came off the Westmeath bench to sail over two late points and cement the crucial win for his side.

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