Meath champions Simonstown Gaels cruised to a comfortable seven-point victory over a disappointing Starlights at Wexford Park yesterday.
The two-in-a-row Meath champions took control of this game from the outset, racing into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead inside six minutes.
The home side had to wait until the 11th minute for their opening score, an Alan Tobin point.
The Meath side scored the game’s only goal at the end of first quarter, when Sean Tobin finished after a sweeping four-man move, putting his side 1-4 to 0-2 ahead.
Simonstown looked comfortable leading 1-5 to 0-4 at the interval.
The expected Starlights second-half recovery failed to materialise. The visitors remained in control with Shane O’Rourke and James Kilcullen dominant in midfield. Patrick McKeever and Ricky Fox exchanged early points but it was Simonstown who led 1-8 to 0-5 after 44 minutes. Boosted by two quick Ryan Mahon points in the closing stages, Starlights managed to raise their game, but it was the visitors who marched into the next round.