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Published: 10:33 | 12/6/16

Sullivan backs Offaly to shock Westmeath


Anton Sullivan believes Offaly's can upset the formbook again and reach the Leinster semi-final with victory over neighbours Westmeath.

The Faithful County meet last year’s finalists Westmeath in Sunday's quarter-final at Cusack Park in Mullingar after ending a nine-year run without a victory in the competition with their first-round win over Longford on 15 May.

"We do not fear anyone at this stage,” the Rhode forward told the Tullamore Tribune.

"Westmeath were relegated to Division 4 so presumably they are on a bit of a downer. It is a local derby. They won’t like losing to Offaly, the same as us."

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin will be without Paul Greville, Shane Dempsey and Ray Connellan at Cusack Park, and Sullivan senses an opportunity with the Lake County in flux after their league relegation.

"We are really looking forward to it. We are capable of beating them. We have the footballers. They are missing a few as well. That is an added bonus for us," Sullivan, who is not in Pat Flanagan's starting line-up at Cusack Park, said.

"We need to worry about ourselves and what our game plan is, not about them. They have some fine individual footballers, but so had Longford. We didn’t worry about them and look what we did to them."

The winners meet Kildare in the semi-final on 26 June at Croke Park, while the losers have home advantage against London in the qualifiers.

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