Westmeath followed up their GAA win over Carlow with an outstanding performance of top quality hurling, especially in the first half when they scored 7 points in 9 mins followed by a real team goal scored by Alan Devine when he drove the hurling ball low into the Antrim net.. Leading by 1-13 to 0-02 at half time, Westmeath were always in control and ended up winners by 1-21 to 0-07 points.
Laois made it a good weekend for the Midland teams when they defeated Carlow by 3 points in a game they had to win to stay in contention in the round robin series, withstanding a spirited comeback by Carlow, which were 11 points down midway through the second half. Laois now meet Westmeath in the final game with Westmeath only needing a draw to progress to the Leinster Championship proper. If Laois and Antrim win then all three teams will have 4 pts. each, with score difference deciding the winner. So Sunday should see an exciting day of Hurling in Leinster.