Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin has warned his side will come out all guns blazing in their Leinster SFC semi-final showdown with Kildare this Sunday.

Westmeath held off a stirring Offaly second-half recovery at Cusack Park to make the last four and leave themselves 70 minutes from a Croke Park showpiece decider.

Cribbin is brace for an epic battle with the Lilywhites, but believes his men have the firepower to blow them away.

“It was great to win [against Offaly], a very tense game, a local derby, it was always going to be tight," he told RTÉ Sport.

"Maybe the home advantage helped us. That’s twice this year won by a score, but it was a toss of a coin on the day and we came out on the right side of it.

“We will perform [against Kildare]. We’ve no doubt that we’ll perform. The lads loved their two days in Croke Park last year and we’re really looking forward to the opportunity of getting back up there again.

"It’s just a fabulous day out and experience, a fabulous ground to play on and the whole setup so we’ve no doubt we’re going well. We picked up no knocks over the weekend and we’re confident we will deliver to our best ability on the day. If that’s good enough, then well and good."

Kildare earned promotion from the Allianz Football League Division this year after a strong campaign and Cribbin is well aware of what they bring to the table. 

After going all the way to the final last year - before enduring a 2-13 to 0-6 mauling at the hands of Dublin - Cribbin's men have a taste for the big occasion, and they want more.

“Kildare beat us in the league by four points," Cribbin added. "They got promotion, with a new manager in his first year probably finding his feet with all the boys because sometimes over the winter lads perform different.

"When it comes to hard ground you’ll find that some of the younger faster players start putting a stake in. Kildare are going to be huge opposition for us, but we still think we can put up a very good performance on the day and with a bit of luck we can come through.

"We have quality forwards and we’re going to go for it. We’ve no doubt that we can put enough scores up on the board.”