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Friday 17 November 2017

Meath advance to Leinster final after Wexford win

Stephen Bray, Meath, is tackled by Wexford's Lee Chin
Stephen Bray, Meath, is tackled by Wexford's Lee Chin

Meath have advanced to the Leinster final after a 0-18 to 0-13 victory over a wasteful Wexford at Croke Park.

Mick O'Dowd's men were much more clinical in front of goals and that was the difference in the end.

Micky Newman and Ciaran Lyng swapped early braces as it became apparent very early on that there would be very little between the sides.

A stunning score from 50 metres from Ben Brosnan was added to by another Lyng free before Peadar Byrne fired Meath's first point from play.

Neither side was adopting a blanket defence so it was a good, open game but both sides were guilty of poor shooting.

Brosnan got his second point after Redmond Barry was fouled on the 45 metre line and then Adrian Flynn marauded forward and scored a super score on his left foot.

Stephen Bray put some poor early shooting behind him to fire the Royals back to within two.

Rory Quinlivan made a great break and set up PJ Banville for a score and then Brian Malone evaded a number of tacklers before raising a white flag.

Meath were in need of a score and Graham Reilly provided it but there were concerns over their difficulties in the middle third.

Eamon Wallace used his considerable speed to manufacture a goal chance but he blasted over.

A very poor clearance from PJ Banville gifted Meath a chance with Peadar Byrne capitalised on.

Ben Brosnan had two poor missed for the break and Wexford should have been further ahead as they went in 0-8 to 0-7 in front at the break.

Brosnan did score the first point of the second half and Malone was on target for the Model county.

They Royals responded with two points from Graham Reilly and three frees for Newman which saw them go two points in front as ill-discipline crept into the Wexford defending.

Meath were threatening to take control but Redmond Barry responded with a point.

Micky Newman eased Meath two ahead before Ciaran Lyng forced Paddy ORourke into a fabulous save with the ball going over the bar.

Newman fired another free over from 50 metres and Graham Reilly scored another fine point to give the Royals some breathing space.

Ciaran Lyng and Bray swapped points and Meath led by three with five minutes remaining.

Two more Micky Newman's frees snuffed out any chance of a Wexford comeback and Meath ended up five point winners.

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