Treacy strike sets up Students' stroll
DIT proved far too strong for a disappointing Westmeath side in their semi-final clash at a bitterly cold St Loman's Lakepoint Park in Mullingar.
The students led from the start and were well worth their five-point interval lead (1-7 to 1-2).
DIT's well-worked goal came in the 14th minute via David Treacy but that was quickly followed by a goal from a 20-metre free at the other end by Derek McNicholas.
The Dublin outfit continued to dominate on the change of ends and goals in the 61st minute from a free by Michael Maloney and, two minutes later, by substitute Willie Cullen, who had been on a matter of minutes, opened up a 14-point gap.
Ultimately, Niall O'Brien's late goal for Westmeath amounted to just a consolation score.
Scorers – DIT: M Maloney 1-6 (1-4f, 1 '65'), D Treacy 1-1, W Cullen 1-0, S O'Connor, C McCormack, T Connolly, N Quinn, J Hobbs and J McManus 0-1 each. Westmeath: N O'Brien 1-3 (2f), D McNicholas 1-2 (1-1f).
DIT – F McGarry; J Divney, G McManus, L Prendergast; D Curran, F Power, K Bergin; S O'Connor, S Morris; M Maloney, C O'Shaughnessy, C McCormack; T Connolly, N Quinn, D Treacy. Subs: J Hobbs for Power (20), C Hughes for McCormack (h-t), S Ryan for Treacy (53), J McManus for Quinn (56), W Cullen for Connolly (61).
Westmeath – S McGovern; P Fennell, P Greville, T Gallagher; D Fennell, A McGrath, E Price; S Power, J Clarke; D McNicholas, N O'Brien, R Greville; J Boyle, J Shaw, A Clarke. Subs: K Murphy for Boyle (30), C Jordan for D Fennell (30), B Lehart for J Clarke (inj 48), P Gilsenan for Shaw (54), M Keegan for P Fennell (56).
Ref – D Hughes (Carlow).