Meath are through to the semi-finals of the Leinster football championship after snatching a 2-12 to 1-14 victory over Westmeath at Croke Park this afternoon. Westmeath lead the game for 65 minutes, but Meath levelled the tie through Ray Magee with five minutes remaining and Trevor Giles pointed the winning free from a tricky angle seconds into added time.

Westmeath got off to the perfect start when Ger Heavin scored a senstainal goal with just 28 seconds on the clock, and raced into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead with just twelve minutes gone. Meath struggled to find a rhythm during the early exchanges but Giles kept Meath in contention with well-taken frees.

Graham Geraghty hauled Meath back into the match with a fisted goal five minutes before the interval to leave Meath trailing 1-5 to 1-7 at half time. However, Meath fell five points adrift midway through the second half before Ollie Murphy scored a second goal. Nigel Nestor soon added a point and Magee equalised as Meath took control before Giles added the winning point to lead for the first time and claim a place in the semi-finals.

Filed by Shane Murray