Royals rally for final place
Meath 0-17 Wicklow 0-10
Meath weathered a third-quarter storm at Trim before shaking off their semi-final rivals with a late surge.
The home side led by 0-9 to 0-4 at half-time with Stephen Clynch in top form. Andy O'Brien soon halved the gap for Wicklow who trailed by 0-10 to 0-9 after 47 minutes.
However, it was Meath who found the renewed impetus and the move of Mark O'Sullivan to the '40' saw them progress to the decider on the back of four late points.
Scorers – Meath: S Clynch 0-5 (3f), J Toher 0-3f, M O'Sullivan, B Slevin 0-2 each, S Donoghue, J Meyler, A Gannon, P Durnin, E Marsh 0-1 each. Wicklow: A O'Brien 0-6 (4f), C Moorehouse 0-2, J Connors, G Byrne 0-1 each.
Meath – S McGann; C Reilly, D Healy, W Mahady; S Brennan, J Toher, A Watters; S Donoghue, J Meyler; E Marsh, S Clynch, P Conneely; A Gannon, M O'Sullivan, B Slevin. Subs: P Durnin for Meyler (49), B Hanley for Brennan (54), G Kelly for Gannon (70).
Wicklow – J O'Neill; E Dunne, B Cuddihy, P Keane; G Byrne, J Henderson, G Bermingham; R Keddy, S Byrne; S Kinsella, J Connors, E Mason; C Moorehouse, M Lee, A O'Brien. Subs: G Byrne for S Byrne (44), G Weir for Connors ((60).
Ref – D Harrington (Dublin)