Moorehouse makes his mark
LAST year's runners-up Wicklow overcame Meath in Arklow to once more earn a place in the decider.
The Garden County men laid the platform for victory with a whirlwind start that saw them lead 2-7 to 0-3 after 26 minutes.
Meath got back into it, however, with goals by Derek Doran and Stephen Clynch cutting the deficit to four points, 2-10 to 1-6, at the break. But the Royals were down to 14 men after Stephen Donoghue was red-carded just before half-time, minutes after he was brought on.
Christy Moorehouse proved a vital impact sub for Wicklow as he closed out this game with a goal on 54 minutes.
Man of the Match:
Andy O'Brien (Wicklow)
Scorers -- Wicklow: A O'Brien 1-5, J O'Neill 0-9 (3f, 1 '65'), C Moorehouse 1-1, W O'Gorman 1-0, E Glynn, T Doyle 0-1 each. Meath: S Clinch 1-4 (1f, 2 '65s'), D Doran 1-3, N Kirby 0-3 (2f), P Durnin, N Horan 0-1 each.
Wicklow -- J Murphy; J Connors, G Keogh, B Cuddihy; J Henderson, S Kelly, G Bermingham; E Kearns, R Keddy; T Doyle, W O'Gorman, E Dunne; E Glynn, J O'Neill, A O'Brien. Subs: C Moorehouse for E Dunne, J Connors for T Doyle, L Kennedy for E Kearns, A Murphy for A O'Brien.
Meath -- S McGann; C Reilly, E Fitzgerald, W Mahedy; J Togher, D Healy, E Keogh; S Morris, S Clinch; C O Mealoid, S Heavey, J Kelly; D Doran, N Kirby, P Durnin. Subs: N Horan for J Kelly, S Donoghue for S Morris, P Fagan for E Fitzgerald, P Conneely for P Durnin, D Raleigh for C O Mealoid.
REF -- T Carroll (Offaly).