Hurling League Division Two: Antrim in 2A final despite losing to Westmeath
Antrim will face Carlow in the Hurling League Division 2A final next week despite suffering a first defeat of their campaign to Westmeath on Sunday.
The Saffrons lost 0-20 to 1-15 at Cushendall but took their place in the decider ahead of Kildare by virtue of having beaten the Lilywhites.
Both counties had seven points after Kildare defeated London 1-21 to 2-14.
Carlow topped the Division by seeing off Armagh 4-24 to 0-11, the Ulster county being relegated to Division 2B.
The Orchard county are relegated on scoring difference.
The winners of the Division 2A final will earn promotion to Division 1B.
Deaglan Murphy was prolific for Antrim in the first half as the home side went in level at 1-8 to 0-11 at the interval.
Ciaran Clarke scored the goal after 28 minutes, with Conor Johnson also getting his name on the scoresheet with a point.
The hosts nudged ahead at 1-10 to 0-11 but four unanswered points put Westmeath in front.
Further points from Murphy and Clarke brought the teams level at 1-12 to 0-15 but the visitors pulled clear to secure a two-point victory.
Antrim had defeated Kildare, London and Armagh, in addition to clinching an away draw in Carlow.
Allianz Hurling League results
Sunday 26 March
Division One A
Clare 1-22 Waterford 2-21
Cork 0-26 Tipperary 3-16
Dublin 1-16 Kilkenny 2-20
Division One B
Kerry 2-16 Offaly 1-21
Limerick 1-18 Galway 0-24
Wexford 2-24 Laois 2-20
Division Two A
Kildare 1-21 London 2-14
Antrim 1-15 Westmeath 0-20
Carlow 4-24 Armagh 0-11
Division Two B
Roscommon 2-14 Mayo 1-21
Down 2-22 Derry 2-15
Meath 3-23 Wicklow 1-16
Division Three A
Louth 1-17 Donegal 3-24
Monaghan 1-14 Tyrone 3-15
Division Three B
Fermanagh 1-14 Leitrim 4-11
Sligo 3-17 Longford 1-14