Import duo inspire Lilywhites
Kildare 1-16 Westmeath 0-14
Kildare's imports John Mulhall and David Reidy came up with the scores to give their new team a second successive victory at the start of the Allianz League in Newbridge yesterday - but their real hero was between the posts.
Goalkeeper Paul Dermody pulled off a string of saves during the second half to ensure that his team kept a clean sheet to leave Westmeath without a win from the opening two rounds.
Kildare had the sprinkling of quality from Kilkenny man Mulhall and Limerick's Reidy.
By half-time, Kildare were 0-8 to 0-7 ahead, and the crucial moment of the game came 10 minutes after the restart when Mulhall found the net.
Superb scores late on by Mulhall and Brian Byrne made sure of the win for Joe Quaid's team, and Kildare now top the table.
Kildare's Richie Ryan and Westmeath's Tommy Gallagher were both shown yellow cards for two separate incidents.
Scorers - Kildare: D Reidy 0-9 (7fs), J Mulhall 1-1, P Divilly, P Moran, C Bonus, B Byrne, J Sheridan, N O'Muineachain 0-1 each. Westmeath: A Devine 0-6 (2fs, 1 '65'), B Murtagh 0-3 (2fs, 1 '65'), K Doyle, R Greville 0-2 each, J Galvin 0-1.
KILDARE - P Dermody 9; C Forde 7, J Doran 8, M Reidy 7, S Gainey 7, M Moloney 7, R Bergin 5; N O'Muineachain 7, D Reidy 8; J Mulhall 8, P Divilly 7, P Moran 6, C Bonus 6, B Byrne 7, J Sheridan 7. Subs: P Ryan 6 for Begin (15); R Ryan 5 for Bonus (65), M Purcell 5 for Moran (68).
Westmeath - P Carroll 7; S Power 7, T Doyle 8, D Egerton 6, A Craig 6, A Clarke 6, C Shaw 6; R Greville 8, G Greville 6; N Mitchell 7, D McNicholas 7, E Price 7, A Devine 7, K Doyle 8, J Galvin 6. Subs: B Murtagh 7 for Galvin (42), T Gallagher 5 for G Greville (44), P Greville for Egerton (53), D Clinton for McNicholas (53).
REF - D Hughes (Carlow).