Meath suffered a fierce backlash from Wicklow's hurlers at Arklow.
Less than a month after the Royals hammered Wicklow in the Kehoe Cup by 2-17 to 0-5, Wicklow plundered an equally decisive victory here.
Wicklow took this game by the scruff of the neck from the off and, with John Henderson and Ronan Keddy in complete command of the midfield exchanges, they should have been further ahead at the break than 1-7 to 0-4, with Jonathan O'Neill, Andy O'Brien and Mikey Lee failing to hit the target from six free attempts.
Meath, who were struggling to make any headway against the Wicklow defence led by Stephen Kelly and Shane Byrne, were just a point behind after 17 minutes (0-3 to 0-2). It took 21 minutes for Wicklow to put some daylight between themselves and their opponents, with Wayne O'Gorman pilfering the decisive goal.
The Royals depended on Peter Durnin and James Toher for their scores, but they were always playing second fiddle.
Scorers – Wicklow: W O'Gorman 1-1, M Lee 0-6fs, A O'Brien 0-4, C Moorehouse 0-2, R Keddy, D Staunton 0-1 each. Meath: J Toher 0-3fs, P Dornan 0-3, D Reilly (f), A Gannon 0-1 each.
Wicklow – T Kennedy 8; E Dunne 7, S Kelly 8, B Cuddihy 6; G Byrne 7, L Kennedy 7, S Byrne 8; J Henderson 9, R Keddy 9; C Moorehouse 8, A O'Brien 7, J O'Neill 7; M Lee 8, W O'Gorman 7, D Staunton 7. Subs: A Byrne for J O'Neill (68), A Byrne for C Moorehouse (69).
Meath – S McGann 7; C Reilly 8, N McLoughlin 7, D Donoghue 7; P Farrell 6, J Toher 8, S Whitty 6; S Heavy 6, D Reilly 6; S Morris 7, G Kelly 7, W McGrath 6; D Doran 7, P Durnin 7, A Gannon 6. Subs: S Brennan for N McLoughlin (48), T McGrath for D Reilly (h-t), C Fitzsimons for G Kelly (27), M Burke for W McGrath (h-t).
Ref – G McGrath (Dublin)