Offaly, Kildare and Louth will join Dublin the semi-final line-up for this year’s Bord Na Móna O’Byrne Cup
The Dubs had already secured a last-four berth before Sunday’s games and manager Jim Gavin fielded an inexperienced side against Wicklow at Parnell Park. A Paul Earls goal for the visitors on 26 minutes laid the foundations for a 1-11 to 0-10 victory.
Offaly’s good start to 2013 continued as they edged out Westmeath in Mullingar 0-08 to 0-07 to progress.
The Faithful county trailed 0-06 to 0-02 at the break, but were level 11 minutes after the restart with two points from Niall McNamee and one each from Graham Guilfoyle and Ross Brady.
A tense contest ensued thereafter, with Offaly hitting the front for the first time on 68 minutes, courtesy of Paul McPadden. It proved to be the winning score.
Morgan O’Flaherty’s goal right at the death gave Kildare a 1-13 to 1-11 victory over Wexford at Newbridge. The Lilywhites were in control for most of the game and after 54 minutes were 0-12 to 0-05 in front, with Johnny Doyle (0-07) their scorer in chief.
However Wexford rallied and when Shane Roche goaled in injury time victory looked on for the Slaneysiders.
An excellent James Eaton pass found O’Flaherty with just seconds left and he cooly slipped the ball past Anthony Masterson much to delight of the home fans..
Louth’s emphatic 1-17 to 0-09 win over Longford ensured they edged out Meath on scoring difference to claim a semi-final spot away to Dublin.
Tullamore will be the venue in the other tie as Offaly play host to Kildare.