the game at a glance
Man of the match
Diarmuid 'Gizzy' Lyng (Wexford)
On a miserable evening for hurling, there were still some standout performances with 'Gizzy' setting the example with a delightful display of shooting, edging out full-back Matthew O'Hanlon for the accolade.
Wexford made a statement of intent in the closing 15 minutes of the first half -- as the game moved into first half additional time, PJ Nolan swept in a high ball that was brought down by 'keeper Shane McGovern. Rory Jacob flashed to the net. Game over.
How far can Wexford progress? Now there's Carlow. But should they defeat the Barrowsiders there are tougher games to come.
A great run by Rory Jacob and incisive pass back out to senior debutant Diarmuid O'Keeffe. O'Keeffe kept his composure despite close defensive attention to blast an unstoppable 36th minute shot to the corner of net.
In a game of little incident where both sides despite the conditions tried to keep the ball flowing, Colm Lyons still managed to dish out 11 yellow cards.
What they said
Liam Dunne (Wexford manager):
"It was not an evening for fashionable hurling. My theory was to get the ball in early."
Brian Hanley (Westmeath manager): "We are better than that. We were still in the game after 20 minutes but failed to push on."
Frees: Wexford 12 (8 first half), Westmeath 14 (5)
Wides: Wexford 8 (4), Westmeath 5 (3)
Yellow cards: Wexford 4 (R Kehoe 40 mins, C Kenny 59, E Moore 59, D Stamp 63), Westmeath 7 ( J Clarke 43, C Jordan 46, D Fennell 58 B Murtagh 59, N O'Brien 59, A Price 63, P Greville 67).
Wexford play Carlow in the second qualifier of Phase 1 on Saturday. Westmeath face an idle summer.