David Glennon's first-half goal from a penalty gave Westmeath the impetus to claim victory over DIT in Athlone yesterday.
With Westmeath trailing by 0-2 to 0-3, referee Derek Fahy awarded a penalty after a foul on midfielder Paul Sharry. Glennon's first spot-kick was poorly struck and easily saved by DIT keeper David Lyons, but Fahy ordered it to be retaken as Lyons had advanced from his line before the kick. Glennon made no mistake at the second attempt.
Although DIT had the aid of the breeze in the first half, Westmeath went in front with points from David Glennon and Paul Greville (free).
DIT drew level thanks to superb scores from Diarmuid Connolly and Gareth Bradshaw.
After Glennon's goal from the spot, Connolly scored his second from a free and points from Westmeath's Ger Egan and DIT's David Hughes left the home side leading 1-3 to 0-5 at half-time.
DIT were unable to draw level in the second half and with substitute Dessie Dolan proving influential and scoring three points, Westmeath ran out winners.
Westmeath forward Simon Quinn was sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the dying moments, but it mattered little at that stage.
SCORERS -- Westmeath: D Glennon 1-1 (1-0pen), G Egan, D Dolan 0-3 each, P Greville 0-2 (1f). DIT: D Connolly 0-5 (3f), G Bradshaw, D Hughes, A Freeman (f) 0-1 each.
WESTMEATH -- D Quinn; R Doyle, R English, J Gaffey; F Boyle, A Finnan, C Jordan; B Murtagh, P Sharry; F Wilson, Denis Glennon, G Egan; P Greville, David Glennon, S Quinn. Subs: D Dolan for Wilson; D Harte for Jordan; J Harte for Murtagh; P Tormey for David Glennon; E Moore for Doyle.
DIT -- D Lyons; T Cunniffe, P Domican, D Hughes; K McLoughlin, K Martin, G Bradshaw; C Reddin, G McKiernan; M Reilly, A Freeman, A O'Shea; S Flynn, D Connolly, C Lynam. Subs: B Allen for Flynn; D Reilly for M Reilly; G Guilfoyle for Lynam; E Reilly for Freeman; C Walsh for McKiernan.
REF-- D Fahy (Longford).