They shipped five goals in defeat.
Westmeath were shown no mercy by a ruthless Galway at TEG Cusack Park as the Allianz Hurling Leagues got underway.
Niall O'Brien top scored for the Lake County with 0-10 but Shane O'Brien's side were put to the sword in a scintillating first half by the visitors.
Trailing 3-18 to 0-10 at the break, Westmeath kept plugging away knowing more important days lie ahead if they're to maintain division one status.
Division 1 Hurling League— Westmeath GAA (@westmeath_gaa) May 8, 2021
Hard luck lads & congratulations to @Galway_GAA
In Round 2 we now travel to Walsh Park next Sunday 16 May to take on Waterford.#iarmhiabu #westmeathgaa #WTHvGAL
There was some small positives to take, substitute Niall Mitchell grabbed a goal and Ciaran Doyle notched the score of the game and potentially the season when he volleyed over a lay off from Davy Glennon from outside the 45'.
Next up from them is a trip to face Waterford next weekend, 5-34 to 1-16 the final score.
Ciarán Doyle with a sensational point for Westmeath pic.twitter.com/5yOb6uvSPM— The GAA (@officialgaa) May 8, 2021
Scorers for Westmeath:
Niall O'Brien 0-10, Niall Mitchell 1-0, Ciaran Doyle/Shane Williams 0-2, Joey Boyle/Davy Glennon 0-1.