Early goal-blitz sets up Meath cruise against Mayo
Meath 3-8 Mayo 0-9
Meath outclassed Mayo in dreadful conditions at the Centre of Excellence in Bekan, Ballyhaunis.
Driving rain made life extremely difficult for both teams but Meath adapted better with three first-half goals.
Mayo struggled against a strong wind and Willie McGrath hit the Mayo net inside two minutes, Alan Douglas repeating the trick minutes later. Mayo got off the mark with a point from Austin Lyons on 13 minutes.
Brian Hunt pulled points back for Mayo but just before half-time they were hit with the best of Meath's goals from Jack Regan.
In the second half, it took Mayo 10 minutes to find the target with a free from Hunt. That was negated by a point from Douglas.
Mayo ended with 14 men when Gary Nolan picked up a red card after a challenge on substitute Sean Quigley.
Man of the match: Padraig Keogh (Meath)
SCORErs - Meath: W McGrath 1-3 (0-1f), A Douglas 1-2, J Regan 1-1, J Toher, P Conneely 0-1 each. Mayo - B Hunt 0-4 (4fs), K Feeney 0-3 (2fs), A Lyons, A Healy (f) 0-1 each.
MEATH - C Bird, C Reilly, S Brennan, M Whitty, D Healy, K Keoghan, P Keogh, G Kelly, K Ennis, P Conneely, J Toher, A Douglas, J Regan, A Healy, W McGrath. Subs: S Doyle for Healy (50), M Dunne for Brennan (54), S Quigley for Conneely (60), C Joyce for Quigley (inj, 66).
MAYO - D O'Brien, S Morley, F Lyons, A Brennan, K Kiely, A Connolly, P O'Flynn, A Lyons, G Nolan, E Collins, S Hoban, K Feeney, B Hunt, D Gallagher, F Boland. Subs: J Ganley for Collins (40), K McDermott for K Lyons (60), S Boland for D Gallagher (62).
REF - J Keane (Galway).