Royals crush 13-man Wicklow
Meath 2-17 Wicklow 0-5
AFTER leading by the minimum at the break when playing into the stiff breeze, Meath ran riot in the second half against 13-man Wicklow in Trim.
The Garden County, who failed to score in the second half, lost full-back Graham Keogh to a straight red card on 23 minutes. The visitors trailed 0-4 to 0-3 at that stage, and by the time midfielder Stephen Kelly was dismissed for a second yellow on 56 minutes Meath were 1-10 to 0-5 ahead.
The hosts dominated the second half from the restart but poor finishing left them with 20 wides in all.
Full-forward Peter Durnin hit a brace of points in the early stages of the second half and then found the net for his side's opening goal.
That left it 1-9 to 0-5 and there was no way back for Wicklow. Durnin eventually took his tally to 1-5. Meath's second goal came from Gary Kelly three minutes from the end.
The win for the Royals set up a semi-final clash against Derry.
SCORERS – Meath: P Durnin 1-5, G Kelly 1-1, J Toher 0-4 (4fs), D Doran 0-2, D Reilly, P Conneely, A Gannon, W McGrath, P Farrell 0-1 each. Wicklow: M Lee 0-3 (2fs), S Kelly, A O'Brien 0-1 each.
MEATH – C Bird; C Reilly, N McLoughlin, D Donoghue; S Heavey, D Healy, S Whitty; D Reilly, J Toher; P Conneely, G Kelly, W McGrath; D Doran, P Durnin, A Gannon. Subs: S Morris for Whitty (15), P Farrell for Healy (31), S Brennan for Conneely (49), E Potterton for Donoghue (57), C Murray for Bird (60).
WICKLOW – J Murphy; G Bermingham, G Keogh, E Dunne; L Moloney, L Kennedy, S Byrne; S Kelly, G Byrne; A O'Brien, J O'Neill, D Staunton; M Lee, T J Hennessy, C Moorehouse. Subs: A Nugent for Hennessy (29), B Cuddihy for Moloney (h-t), J Henderson for Moorehouse (43), E Mason for O'Neill (59).
REF – J Heffernan (Wexford)