Westmeath booked an O’Byrne Cup semi-final date with Longford courtesy of a six-point victory over Kildare at The Downs today.
The Lake County prevailed by 1-13 to 1-7 against the Lilywhites who finished with 14 men after Pascal Connell was dismissed just before half-time.
David Slattery’s 19th minute goal boosted the visitors into a 1-5 to 0-7 interval lead but that was cancelled out by Joe Halligan within a minute of the resumption.
With Ger Egan catching the eye, Jack Cooney’s charges made the most of their numerical advantage in the second-half.
The Tyrrellspass clubman top scored for the winners with 0-6 (three from play).
Westmeath - K Fagan; B Sayeh, R Wallace, K Daly; D Lynch (0-1), J Dolan, N O’Reilly (0-1); N Mulligan, S Flanagan; R O’Toole (0-3, 2m), C McCormack, G Egan (0-6, 2f, 1m); S Duncan (0-1), K Martin (0-1f), J Halligan (1-0). Subs: J Maxwell for K Daly, G Leech for K Martin, S Pettit for J Halligan, N Cully for S Flanagan, J Moran for N Mulligan.
Kildare - M Donnellan; M Dempsey, M Barrett, M Hyland; D Malone, E Doyle, J Murray; F Dowling (0-1), P Connell; D Slattery (1-0), A Tyrrell, C Hartley; N Flynn (0-6, 1f, 1m, 1'45), B McCormack, P Fogarty. Subs: K Feely for C Hartley, A Masterson for P Fogarty, K Cribbin for D Malone, E O'Flaherty for B McCormack, P Brophy for D Slattery, D Hyland for M Hyland, C O’Donoghue for F Dowling, J Gibbons for J Murray, P Nash for A Tyrrell.
Referee - B Tiernan.