WESTMEATH'S Denis Glennon contributed five points to his side's cause but Donegal's greater arsenal saw them triumph 1-13 to 0-9 at Cusack Park.
Glennon got his first score after only 28 seconds and the home side led 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time, but when the visitors got motoring their unbeaten run in the Dr McKenna Cup stood to them.
Donegal manager John Joe Doherty paid tribute to his side, who he said did enough in the opening half to stay in the game.
"Westmeath were strong out of the blocks ... we hardly deserved to be within a point of them by half-time," Doherty said. "By hanging in there were gave ourselves a fighting chance."
O'Brien admits concern over erratic Royal show
MEATH may have got off to a winning start in the league but manager Eamonn O'Brien will be worried by long periods during the game when his side went without a score.
For 16 minutes in the first half and 23 minutes in the second the Royals could not raise a flag, but they still ran out winners by 2-8 to 0-13. Stephen Bray (3) and Jamie Queeney (36) both found the visitors' net to set O'Brien's men on the right road, but Armagh will wonder how they didn't get something from the game.
O'Brien said: "(The scoreless periods) are worrying in that we need to be able to take more chances that we create."
Dempsey livid as Laois take foot off the gas
AN UNHAPPY Laois boss Seán Dempsey had some stern words for his players after Tipperary almost caused a shock at O'Moore Park.
The home side eventually prevailed 1-13 to 1-11 but the Premier County, who were 10 points down at the interval, levelled with a goal from substitute Conor Sweeney.
Laois, though, finally roused themselves, and points from Donal Miller and Brendan Quigley settled the tie in injury-time.
"After two or three unanswered points by Tipperary we should have woken up a bit sooner," said Dempsey.