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McNamara helps Royals march on

MEATH put Wicklow to the sword at Pairc Tailteann.

Six successive points in the opening 11 minutes ensured a flying start for Meath and a Darragh McNamara goal helped them to a 1-8 to 1-3 half-time lead, with Wicklow's goal coming from Dean Odlum. And Meath made the game safe as they extended the lead to 1-14 to 1-4 by the 46th minute.

SCORERS -- Meath: D McNamara 1-4, A Tormey 0-3 (1f), S Mallon, R Maguire 0-2 each, D Murtagh, D Quinn, P Geoghegan, S Crosbie, C Hilliard 0-1 each. Wicklow: D Odlum 1-2 (1-0 pen, 1f), A Murphy 1-0, C Walsh, A Merriman 0-1 each.

MEATH -- S Geraghty; H Newman, S Crosby, P Muldoon; C Rowe, C Lynch, P Geoghegan; S Crosbie, F O'Reilly; D Murtagh, R Maguire, D McNamara; D Quinn, A Tormey, S Mallon. Subs: B McMahon for Tormey (40), C Hilliard for McNamara (49), J C Lynch for O'Reilly (52), E Lynch for Murtagh (55).

WICKLOW -- R Lambert; S Mooney, J Kelly, K Hanlon; S Farrell, I Sheerin, B Murphy; A Merriman, D Woods; B McCrea, M Gilbert, T Smith; D Odlum, C Walsh, J Snell. Subs: E Doyle for Snell, R Bohan for Gilbert, A Murphy for Smith (all h-t), M Kenny for Mooney (44), S King for Farrell (58).

REF -- F Smyth (Offaly).

Irish Independent