The game at a glance
Man of the match
Cyril Donnellan (Galway)
A hat-trick from Donnellan marked him out as the game's outstanding performer. The centre-forward hit the net at crucial junctures when his side were struggling for traction.
John Shaw's equaliser with 12 minutes to go sparked Galway into life and they reeled off the next six scores to kill off the home side.
As John McIntyre acknowledged afterwards, Galway will have to make quantum leaps to compete with Dublin next time around, but they have only two weeks to do it.
After a minute's silence was observed for referee Anthony Stapleton's late father Jack before throw-in, the Laois official contributed to an entertaining evening. Was composed enough to consult both umpires and a linesman before awarding Shaw's disputed equalising score late on.
What they said
John McIntyre (Galway manager)
"We know we weren't good tonight and that it's be nowhere near good enough to compete with Dublin but I think you'll see a different Galway in two weeks' time."
Brian Hanley (Westmeath manager)
"Your heart would go out to them, they didn't deserve to lose by so much."
Wides: Westmeath 15 (10); Galway 10 (4)
Frees: Westmeath 16 (7); Galway 10 (4)
Yellow Cards: Westmeath 4 (P Gilsenan 41, D McNicholas 50, B Murtagh 62, J Gilligan 69); Galway 1 (C Donnellan 47
Red Cards: None
Galway go on to a Leinster semi-final against Dublin on June 16 in Tullamore. Westmeath face Antrim on June 18 in the qualifiers.