Colm Collins’ side went into a 0-7 to 0-0 lead after 26 minutes before Westmeath’s Shane Dempsey registered his side’s first score of the game. Clare were0-10 to 0-3 up at the break courtesy of injury time points from Eoin Cleary (2) and Sean Collins.
Clare managed to stay in front for the remainder of the game.
Clare were 0-12 to 0-5 up 17 minutes into the second half before John Heslin narrowed the gap to 6 points. Points in quick succession from Gordon Kelly and David Tubridy however, saw Clare go into a 0-14 to 0-5 lead. Heslin again helped Westmeath narrow to gap to six points once again on 56 minutes as Clare led by 0-14 to 0-8.
The two sides exchanged points before Jamie Malone’s 65th minute goal put the result of the tie beyond doubt. An Eoin Cleary free on the 67th minute followed by a Malone point on 69 minutes put the Banner 1-17 to 0-9 ahead.
Heslin pulled one back for Midlanders on the 71st minute before Sean Huagh pointed for Clare two minutes into stoppage time but Clare held out for a merited 1-18 to 1-10 win.
Clare have so far beaten Sligo, Limerick and Westmeath in the league with their only loss coming to Tipperary. Their next outing comes against Offaly in O’Connor Park at 2pm next Sunday before a home tie against Longford in Cusack Park on Easter Sunday.