The home team led by 0-9 to 0-6 at the end of a scrappy first half. However, a kicked goal by Paul Greville in the 43rd minute turned the contest firmly in Westmeath’s favour. A brace of goals from top scorer, Brendan Murtagh underlined their superiority, the second coming from a 25-metre free deep into added-time, not long after Geoffrey Bermingham had been dismissed for a second yellow card offence for the losers.
Scorers for Westmeath: B Murtagh 2-9 (1-6fs), P Greville 1-1, J Shaw 0-3, F Boyle 0-2, P Dowdall, C Boyle, A Clarke and A Dermody 0-1 each.
Scorers for Wicklow: A O’Brien 0-6 (5fs, 1‘65’), E Kearns, R Keddy, E Glynn and T Doyle 0-1 each.
WESTMEATH: S McGovern; P Dowdall, A McGrath, J Gilligan; P Gilsenan, E Price, A Mitchell; D Fennell, J Clarke; P Greville, A Clarke, B Murtagh; F Boyle, J Shaw, D Carty. Subs: D McCormack for Shaw (inj, 23), C Boyle for Fennell (40), C Jordan for Gilsenan (40), A Dermody for Carty (47), K Orme for Mitchell (65).
WICKLOW: J Murphy; Jim Connors, G Keogh, E Dunne; E O’Neill, B Cuddihy, G Bermingham; E Kearns, J Henderson; R Keddy, W O’Gorman, T Doyle; E Glynn, C Moorehouse, A O’Brien. Subs: P Farrell for Moorehouse (34), John Connors for Farrell (54), L Kennedy for Cuddihy (65).
Referee: J O’Mahony (Limerick).