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Round-up: Tuesday's EirGrid Leinster U20 Football Championship action

Two matches took place on Tuesday evening in the EirGrid Leinster U20 Football Championship. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Two matches took place on Tuesday evening in the EirGrid Leinster U20 Football Championship. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

EirGrid Leinster U-20 FC quarter-finals

Meath 4-8 Laois 1-10

Louth 2-11 Wicklow 1-9

By Paul Keane

Jamie Murphy netted twice as Meath, All-Ireland minor winners three years ago, came from behind to beat Laois and secure their EirGrid Leinster U-20 FC semi-final spot.

The Royals bounced back from last week's disappointment against Dublin with a strong final few minutes in Ashbourne to secure a flattering seven-point win.

Murphy finished with 2-2 and struck his first goal just 12 seconds into the game after the hosts won the throw-in.

His second three-pointer came in the 13th minute and was a deflected effort but Meath didn't have it all their own way and led by just 2-4 to 1-5 at the break.

Jonah Kelly's 25th minute goal for Laois, and points from free-takers Jamie O'Brien and Cormac Murphy, kept them right in it.

Laois enjoyed a strong third quarter and outscored Meath by 0-5 to 0-2 in that period to take a one-point lead, a gap that remained between them with 11 minutes remaining.

Laois didn't score again though as Meath turned on the afterburners and reeled off 2-2 without response to march through to a last four date with Kildare next Tuesday.

Rian McConnell's 49th minute goal for Meath, the hosts' third, was the key score and came following an interception on the Laois kick-out.

Sub Hughie Corcoran, part of that All-Ireland minor winning group under Cathal O Bric in 2021, added a point from a free before Conor McWeeney fisted another over.

Meath were four clear now and glossed the scoreline with a stoppage time fourth goal from Eamonn Armstrong.

It was a similar story in Darver where Louth thrilled their home supporters with a terrific final few minutes to see off Wicklow and secure their own semi-final place.

Louth trailed by three points with 48 minutes on the clock but scored 1-5 without response from a shell-shocked Wicklow to set up a semi-final date with Dublin.

That game will be at Parnell Park next Tuesday and Louth will have it all to do against the table toppers but they have a starman in Kieran McArdle.

He finished with 1-7 and his 19th minute goal helped Louth to lead by 1-6 to 0-5 at half-time.

Wicklow tipped the scales with a brilliant third quarter but a second Louth goal, from Pearse Grimes Murphy, was followed up with five McArdle points in a row to ease the Wee County through to a first semi-final at the grade in 12 years.