Meath run riot over Wicklow hurlers

Meath 2-17 Wicklow 0-05

Meath recorded an 18-point victory over Wicklow in Trim yesterday after the Garden County failed to register a single score in a dismal second half.

Wicklow lost full-back Graham Keogh to a straight red card on 23 minutes and midfielder Stephen Kelly was dismissed for a second yellow on 56 minutes when Meath were 1-10 to 0-5 ahead.

In truth the score could have been much worse and Meath hit 20 wides in the second half alone.

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)

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