Farrell finds range to pick up perfect 10
Meath 2-25 Roscommon 3-9
Full-forward Peter Farrell scored 10 points as Meath overcame last year's finalists Roscommon at Pairc Tailteann to set up a semi-final date with Wicklow.
The hosts were never behind and led 1-11 to 2-4 at the break despite both Roscommon goals arriving in the opening quarter. Daniel Glynn struck for the Rossies' opening goal following good play from Michael Joe Egan after just seven minutes.
Egan then burst through for the second goal but Meath replied to that score almost immediately with Ethan Devine finding the net.
The visitors were two points in arrears when they were awarded a penalty five minutes into the second half but Glynn badly miscued his shot and it went harmlessly wide. Meath pushed on following that let-off and they went four points clear after Farrell set up sub Brian Dowling for their second goal on 40 minutes. Six successive points increased the lead 2-18 to 2-8 by the 49th minute and there was no way back for Roscommon after that despite Egan pouncing for his second goal.
The home side outscored their opponents by seven points to one in the closing stages as the Meath inside trio of Farrell, Mikey Cullen and Darragh Guilmartin contributed 21 points.
SCORERS - Meath: P Farrell 0-10 (6fs), M Cullen 0-6, D Guilmartin 0-5, B Dowling 1-1, E Devine 1-0, W Flynn, J Cummins, J Leavy 0-1 each. Roscommon: D Glynn 1-7 (7f), MJ Egan 2-0; C Kennelly, B Mulry 0-1.
MEATH - C Ennis; D Hennessy, J McNally, B Kelly; W Flynn, S Martin, B Reilly; C McNally, S Coffey; B McGowan, E Devine, J Cummins; M Cullen, P Farrell, D Guilmartin. Subs: B Dowling for Reilly (20), J Leavy for Devine (26), D Murtagh for Cummins (43), C Slattery for Kelly (47), E Buckley for Hennessy (53).
ROSCOMMON - C Miley; O Lyons, K Feehily, P Halpin; O Kelly, E Coyle, S Downey; D Gately, C Kennelly; J Murray, M Feeley, B Mulry; MJ Egan, J Donoghue, D Glynn. Subs: A Carty for Feehily (h-t), B Fallon for Gately (41), D Staunton for Donoghue (45), C Tarmey for O Kelly (51), S Clogher for Mulry (57).
REF - M Murtagh (Westmeath)
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