The Royals led at half-time (2-8 to 1-4), the goals coming from Barry Dardis and Fiachra Ward.
Any hopes of a Westmeath comeback were dashed when Meath keeper Jack Hannigan saved Ger Leech’s 48th minute in the 48th minute and the impressive Dardis grabbed Meath’s third goal in the 57th minute.
Meath’s Conor O’Brien and Westmeath’s Ray Connellan were sent off for straight red card offences, while Westmeath’s Bryan O’Donohue was sent off for a second yellow card.
Scorers for Meath: B. Dardis (2-2), F. Ward (1-5, 0-5 frees), C. O’Sullivan (0-3), J. McEntee (0-2, 0-1 free), A. Flanagan (0-1), P. Harnan (0-1).
Scorers for Westmeath: L. Loughlin (1-2), G. Leech (0-4, 0-2 frees), A. McGivney (0-1).
MEATH: J. Hannigan; J. O’ Malley, B. Power, S. Gallagher; D. Smyth, C. Carton, R. Ó Coileán; P. Harnan (capt), A. Flanagan; C. O’Sullivan, J. Daly, J. McEntee; B. Dardis, S. Coogan, F. Ward.
Subs: C. Gillespie for C. Carton (42), C. O’Brien for S. Coogan (49), N. Kane for J. O’Malley (58), C. Ó Griofa for B. Dardis (58), A. Garry for C. O’Sullivan (59).
WESTMEATH: B. Doyle; E. O’Reilly, R. Gorman, B. O’Donohue; K. Daly, L. Corless, R. Caffrey; A. Curley, D. Gaye; T. Watts, G. Leech, A. McGivney; L. Loughlin, L. Dolan, D. McDermott.
Subs: P.J. Maguire for D. Gaye (9), R. Connellan for A. McGivney (27), J. Barrett for A. Curley (half-time), S. Dempsey for D. McDermott (42), T.J Fox for T. Watts (59).
Referee: Stephen Johnson (Louth).