Galway and Offaly advance to Leinster hurling semi-finals

Galway's away strip got a rare Championship outing against Westmeath
Galway's away strip got a rare Championship outing against Westmeath

Galway are through to a Leinster semi-final meeting with Offaly after they brushed aside the challenge of Westmeath in Mullingar.

Playing in their white jerseys, the Tribesmen dominated the game from start to finish and led 0-17 to 0-05 at half time. 

Westmeath were reduced to 14 men in the second half when corner back Shane Power was shown a red card and Galway ruthlessly took advantage of the extra man, scoring three goals after the break.

Jason Flynn was first to raise a green flag while Joseph Cooney and Conor Whelan also found the net as the visitors cruised to victory.

Their opponents in the semi-final, Offaly, avenged last year's championship defeat to Laois, their first in 43 years, with a power-packed second-half display to defeat their neighbours by 14 points at O'Connor Park, Tullamore today.

The sides were level at 0-5 apiece after 20 minutes but a well-taken James Mulrooney goal gave Offaly a clear advantage approaching half-time before a late Laois blitz.

PJ Scully's scrambled effort, after yet another great save from Faithful keeper James Dempsey, left the sides evenly poised at the break, 1-10 each, but Offaly assumed complete control upon the resumption.

Eamonn Kelly's side got off to the perfect start with Joe Bergin's cracking goal within 60 seconds of the new half and the Faitfhul side never looked back as Shane Dooley, who finished with 1-11 from placed balls, Bergin and Kevin Connolly sent over points.

With only Cha Dwyer and Neil Foyle showing anything in attack for Laois, Offaly led 2-16 to 1-13 midway through the closing half before Dooley's penalty left the result in no doubt.

Subs Cillian Kiely and Sean Cleary added further scores before Willie Dunphy hit a late consolation goal for the O'Moore men, who now face the Qualifiers later this month.