Clinical Westmeath maintained their table-topping form in Allianz Football League Division 2 with a 4-12 to 0-16 victory over hosts Wexford this afternoon.
Wexford led at half-time by 0-11 to 1-06, but they were reduced to 14 men when midfielder Daithi Waters controversially received a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident five minutes into the second half.
Westmeath clinched the game with goals from a John Heslin penalty and a superb brace from seasoned campaigner Denis Glennon.
This highly entertaining contest produced some fantastic point-scoring from Wexford in the first half, including brilliant scores from Ben Brosnan and a towering solo run and point from Waters.
Wexford amassed a tidy total of 11 points before the interval but a great goal from Westmeath full-forward Ciaran Curley in the eighth minute ensured that Westmeath were well in the game at half-time, trailing by just two points.
Westmeath goalkeeper Gary Connaughton had to produce a fine save from a close range shot to deny Wexford’s PJ Banville and prevented Wexford from claiming the tonic of a first half goal.
Two early Brosnan points from frees stretched the Wexford lead to five, but Wexford's hopes received a massive blow with the sending-off of the influential Waters.
Despite now playing with an extra man, Westmeath did not draw level until young centre-fielder Heslin converted a penalty midway through the half
Even still, with five minutes to go, there were huge cheers at Wexford Park as wing back Adrian Flynn scored a superb point to put the hosts two points in front again.
However, Westmeath finished the stronger of the sides with Callum McCormack putting the impressive Denis Glennon through for the Lakesiders' third goal.
In injury-time, the Tyrrellspass man once again availed of a breaking ball in the home defence to score his second goal and secure Westmeath's fourth win of the campaign against a game Wexford outfit.
Wexford: Anthony Masterson; Brian Malone, Graeme Molloy, Michael Furlong (0-01); Joey Wadding, David Murphy, Adrian Flynn (0-01); Daithí Waters (0-01), Rory Quinlivan; James Holmes (0-01), Redmond Barry (0-01), Paddy Byrne; Shane Roche (0-03, 0-01f), Ben Brosnan (0-07, 0-05f), PJ Banville (0-01).
Subs used: Conor Carty for Murphy, Ciaran Lyng for Holmes, Brendan Mulligan for Flynn, Barry Hearn for Malone.
Westmeath: Gary Connaughton; Mark McCallon, Kieran Gavin, Kevin Maguire; Micheál Curley, John Gaffey, James Dolan; David Duffy, John Heslin (1-04, 1-00 pen, 0-03f); Kieran Martin (0-02), Callum McCormack (0-03), Denis Corroon; Ger Egan (0-01), Ciarán Curley (1-00), Denis Glennon (2-01).
Subs used: Paul Sherry (0-01) for Corroon, Dessie Dolan for C Curley, Darragh Daly for Duffy, Damien Dolan for Martin.
Referee: Brian O’Shea (Dublin).