Last week’s game paid dividends as a sharper Meath team booked their O’Byrne Cup quarter-final place with a comfortable win over Louth (0-11 to 0-5).
There was no controversial goals in this one as the Royal County dominated from the start and were good value for their victory.
Meath will now face DCU in the semi’s, for the chance to play against either All Ireland Champions Dublin or Kildare.
Once again Centre forward Graham Reilly was the tormentor in chief as he continued his fine early form with five points against a rusty Louth defence.
It was Reilly who opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the game. Paddy Gilsenan added a second before Reilly notched his second of the game to give Meath a three point lead in the early going.
One of Louth’s five debutants Ronan Holcroft scored their only first-half point but Stephen Bray and Gilsenan replied to give Seamus McEnaney’s side a commanding halftime lead.
Clearly unimpressed with his side’s performance, Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick rang the changes introducing the trio of Mark Brennan, Darren Clarke and Gerard Hoey.
These changes made the Wee County more competitive and Clarke hit the crossbar early in the second half when a goal could have changed the game.
At the other end the boot of Reilly kept pushing Meath further in front and a point from Mickey Burke made it 0-9 to 0-2.
Reilly and Ronan Carroll traded points but the result was beyond doubt and a disappointing contest petered out from there.
Meath Legend Graham Geraghty was introduced into the action and he set up came off the bench for the home side. The 39 year old had some nice touches setting up Stephen Bray for the Royal’s final score