Westmeath got off to a flying start when James Dolan scored a goal after just 17 seconds and the home side scored a second on 24 minutes through Ger Egan.
Conor McNally grabbed a goal back for DCU but Westmeath led by 2-5 to 1-6 at half time. Lorcan Smyth and Davy Byrne exchanged goals in the second half.
Scorers for Westmeath: G. Egan 1-4 (0-2 frees), R. Connellan 0-7 (0-5 frees), L. Smyth 1-0, J.Dolan 1-0.
DCU: C. McHugh 0-8 (0-4 frees), C. McNally 1-1, D. Byrne 1-0, R O’Connor 0-2, M.Quinn 0-1, N. Murphy 0-1.
DCU: T. Lowe; J. Smith, D. White, D. Ward; C. Daly, C. Boyle, M. Quinn; T. Flynn, S. O’Brien; C. McNally, N. Murphy, D. Byrne; E. Keane, C. McGraynor, C. McHugh.
Subs: C. Begley for M Quinn (30 mins), C. Moynagh for C.Boyle (half time), R. O’Connor for E.Keane (half time), F. Kelly for D.Ward (43 mins), S. McCoy for C. McNally (53mins), D. Smith for M. Murphy (63 mins).
Westmeath: D. Quinn; J. Gilligan, K. Maguire, T. Mescall; D. Dolan, K. Martin, J. Dolan; P. Sharry, P. Holloway; R. Connellan, G. Egan, J. Stapleton; A. Coffey, L. Smyth, D. McCormack.
Subs: J. Egan for D. McMcormack (20 mins), David Lynch for D.Dolan (45 mins), M. McCallon for J. Gilligan (47 mins), D. Whelan for L. Smyth (68 mins), K. Daly for A. Coffey (68 mins).
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow).