It was nip and tuck on the scoreboard as the underdogs led by the bare minimum, 1-07 to 0-09 in Mullingar, with Killian Doyle’s free the final score of the first half.
Hopes of a repeat of last year's shock win, their first ever Championship success over Kilkenny, were soon quelled as the Cats came out for the second half like a side with a point to prove.
Scorers for Kilkenny: Alan Murphy 1-8 (8fs), John Donnelly 0-3, Sean Morrissey 0-3, Pat Lyng 0-2, Richie Leahy 0-2, Liam Blanchfield 0-1, Luke Scanlon 0-1, Eoin Kenny 0-1.
Scorers for Westmeath: Killian Doyle 0-8 (6fs), James Goonery 1-0, Niall Mitchell 0-3 (1 sideline).
Subs: Darren Finn for Rabbit (46), Johnny Bermingham for Goonery (57), Adam Loughlin for Clinton (61).Completed applications will be accepted from 30th October, 2017.Applications received after Friday 29th December and incomplete applications will be returned.Westmeath 1-11 Kilkenny 1-21 A powerful second half display from Eddie Brennan's Kilkenny was enough to seal their place in the decider after trailing at the interval to a plucky Westmeath side at Cusack Park.The Lake County were off the mark after just 17 seconds of the contest and both attacks looked dangerous in the early stages, before Carlow corner-forward James Goonery raised the first green flag of the game to give the home side a 1-04 to 0-05 lead with less than 20 minutes on the clock.Kilkenny County Council will reopen the Housing Aid for Older People Grant Scheme on 30th October, 2017 for a limited period of time closing on 29th December 2017Please contact Valerie Hayes on 0 or Laura Fitzgerald on 0 for the new revised application form or you can download it from the link below.Housing Aid for Older People Grant (size 214.2 KB)The age limit for eligibility is 66 years of age and over.Along with the Aviva Soccer Sisters camps in clubs and schools there will also be the Easter Camps for girls between seven and 12 years and the Nursery Academy which gives girls from five to eight years of age the chance to try football in a fun environment.Wexford and Kilkenny will meet in the Leinster U21 hurling final after contrasting 10-point victories over Carlow and Westmeath respectively."It is an ideal opportunity for young girls from Kilkenny and around the country to experience football in a fun, safe environment with their peer group and friends."For many young girls it’s their first step on the football ladder.