Superb Royals on a rampage
All-ireland MHC 'B' semi-final Meath 8-25 Wicklow 0-11
Meath could afford to withdraw their two top scorers at half-time as they blitzed the Garden County in this All-Ireland minor B hurling semi-final at Trim.
Mikey Cullen accounted for 3-5, while Peter Farrelly hit 2-3, and both were substituted at the break with their side leading 7-12 to 0-4.
Wicklow were having their first outing after receiving a walkover from Armagh and were clearly out of their depth as Meath built up a 2-5 to 0-0 lead by the 10th minute.
Meath found the net with ease and Cullen completed his hat-trick in the 29th minute, while Daragh Gilmartin also hit a brace of goals in that opening half.
The Royals emptied their bench at the start of the second-half and only added one more goal to their tally, from substitute Michael Mullen in the final quarter.
SCORERS - Meath: M Cullen 3-5, P Farrell (0-2 f), D Gilmartin 2-3 each, M Mullen 1-2, J Cummins, J Leavy 0-3 each, A Murphy 0-2, B McGowan, D Murtagh, C O'Farrell 0-1, W Flynn each. Wicklow: I Clancy 0-6f, P O'Toole (1f) 0-2, R Browne, S Coogan, G Hughes 0-1 each.
MEATH - C Ennis; B Kelly, C McNally, B O'Reilly; J Ryan, B McGowan, J McNally; S Coffey, A Murphy; W Flynn, J Leavy, D Murtagh; M Cullen, P Farrell, D Gilmartin. Subs: B O'Reilly for O'Reilly, E Buckley for Kelly, M Mullen for Murtagh, C O'Farrell for Farrell, J Cummins for Cullen (all h-t).
WICKLOW - C Staunton; C Hannon, B Carney, G O'Brien; MJ Moran, E Potts, P O'Toole; I Clancy, R Browne; S Coogan, G Hughes, A Byrne; E Owens, C Connolly, J O'Neill. Subs: L Evans for Moran (13), K O'Halloran for O'Brien (25), O'Brien for Coogan (39), C O'Toole for Carney, B Scully for Owens (both 45).
REF - K McGeeney (Roscommon).