Hurling is currently on a high in Westmeath, following the recent success of the county’s senior side in topping the round-robin phase of the Leinster championship. With that in mind and with home advantage on their side Westmeath will be going into the game in a quietly confident mood.
Kilkenny have to plan for the game without Bord Gáis Energy Ambassador James Maher. He’s recovering from a broken knee-cap sustained in a farming accident.Despite being the dominant force on the senior scene for over a decade, Kilkenny haven’t enjoyed the same sort of success at U-21 level. They have taken championship honours just twice since in the last ten-years in 2006 and 2008. Last season they reached a Leinster final where they fell to a heavy defeat to Wexford losing out by seventeen points. Westmeath lost out at the Leinster quarter-final stage in 2015 to Offaly.
Based purely on history Kilkenny should emerge victorious given they have won the Leinster crown twenty-two times while Westmeath have never claimed the honour. However, games are won on the pitch and not in history books.
|May 25, 2016||7:30 pm||Leinster Quarter-Final|
|TEG Cusack Park|
|5 Friars Mill Rd, Bellview, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland|