Meath ended Westmeath's fairytale run in the championship following the Royal County's 2-10 to 0-11 win over their neighbours in the quarter-final replay at Croke Park this afternoon. Down to 14 men after Hank Traynor was sent off in the first-half, Meath made good use of their economical possession, recording just three wides compared to Westmeath's 14.
Meath started brightly with Graham Geraghty scoring an early goal and did just enough to match Westmeath and have a one point lead at the break. In the second-half, Westmeath started well and Conway levelled the teams in the 40th minute. However, Meath responded brilliantly with their second goal one minute later courtesy of Ray McGee.
Although Westmeath scored a total of four points in the remaining 30 minutes, they conceded seven points and missed a number of other scoring opportunities to give Sean Boylan's men a place in the All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry.