Meath proved too strong for Wicklow in their debut game in the u-21 Hastings Cup football at Ashbourne yesterday where a solid looking Royal County side dictated for most of the hour for a 2-18 to 1-6 victory.
Meath were ahead by 2-7 to 1-4 at the interval with the goals from Walterstown’s Rory O’Dowd and Curraha’s James McEntee.
Wicklow closed the gap to four points folloiwng a positive start to the second-half, but that was close as they got and the Meath lads eased away for a comfortable victory.
Meath manager Sean Barry used 20 players and will continue assessing the strengths of his panel next weekend when Leitrim visit the Royal County for a second round game in this competition.
That game will be played at Millbrook, Oldcastle.
Meath - Robbie Burlingham (Simonstown Gaels); Simon Carty (Dunderry), David McQuillan (St Patrick’s), Cathal Finn (Dunboyne); Shane McEntee (Dunboyne), Shane Melia (Donaghmore/Ashbourne), Neil Shortall (Curraha (0-2); Harry Rooney (Skryne), Kevin Traynor (Syddan 0-1); Anthony Burke (Duleek/Bellewstown 0-1), Bobby O’Brien (Ratoath 0-3), James McEntee (Curraha 1-4); Joey Wallace (Ratoath), Barry Dardis (Summerhill 0-5), Rory O’Dowd (Walterstown 1-0). Subs - David Toner (Curraha 0-1), Christopher Brady (Donaghmore / Ashbourne 0-1), Andrew Colgan (Donaghmore / Ashbourne), Evan McGovern (Curraha), Shane Dowling (St Patrick’s); Jason Daly (Dunboyne), Brian Power (Ratoath).
Meath’s Leinster u-21 FC quarter-final game against Louth on Wednesday 5th March will be played at Haggardstown.
See video about a Wicklow player's query over the black card!!