Kelly points way for Lilies
Kildare 1-16 Westmeath 0-8
Kildare corner-forwards Ciaran Kelly and Jimmy Hyland didn't disappoint, scoring 1-10 between them, as the reigning Leinster minor champions progressed against a disjointed Westmeath.
The young Lilies made a blistering start in front of the home crowd at Newbridge with a goal from a Ciaran Kelly penalty in the first minute.
Kildare led by eight points at the break.
Kildare's forward stars of Hyland, Kelly and Jack Robinson ensured that a revived second-half performance from Westmeath came to little.
Scorers - Kildare: C Kelly 1-5 (3f, 1 '45), J Hyland 0-5 (3f), B McLoughlin 0-2, J Robinson 0-2; T Archbold and D Kelly 0-1 each. Westmeath: D Carroll 0-3 (2f); J Maxwell, A Loughlin Stones, C McCormack, D Reid and M Scully 0-1 each.
Kildare - L Mullins; J O'Toole, N Brennan, D Shaw; T Archbold, T Connolly, S Doran; D Marnell, A Masterson; J Robinson, D Kelly, C Costigan; C Kelly, B McLoughlin, J Hyland. Subs: J Burke for D Kelly (23); J Gibbons for Archbold (42); N Murphy for Costigan (48); K Foley for Marnell (58).
Westmeath - DJ Fedronas; S Clinton, G Carr, B Treanor; J Maxwell, E Nally, P Maxwell; N Cully, A Loughlin Stones; F Ayorinde, C Mannion, D Hynes; T Molloy, C McCormack, D Reid. Subs: E Nally for Nally (BC 17); D Heavin for McCormack (h-t); D Carroll for Hynes (h-t); M Scully for E Nally (42); R Forde for Mannion (53); C Gavin for J Maxwell (56).
Ref - C Dwyer (Offaly)