Meath had to overcome a strong second half fightback by GMIT before booking their place in the Kehoe Cup final at Trim this afternoon.
Following a tight first half there was nothing between the sides at the break and they went in level at 0-09. The home side then took over and hit the ground running at the start of the second half.
Nicky Horan was the star man with 11 points for Meath. Joey Keenan (0-4), Ger O’Neill (0-3) and Paudge Geoghan (0-1) were the other scorers.
The Royals led by four points with a few minutes remaining, before a goal from Offaly’s Colin Egan (1-2) helped the students cut the deficit to a point.
However, Meath held on to progress to next weekend’s final, in which they will face either Wicklow or DCU who meet in Arklow tomorrow.
Kenny Feeney (0-3), Ger Mahon, Donagh Maher, Aidan Lynch, Ronan Madden (0-2 each), Luke Hands and Niall Mannion (0-1 each) were the other GMIT scorers.