The experimental rule changes got their first runout at senior level in today’s opening round of O’Byrne Cup fixtures and went off without the earth turning on its axis or football fields imploding.
Meath trounced Laois by 3-11 to 0-06 at O’Moore Park and seemed to take to the amended laws with relish.
The Royal County produced a fine display of progressive, kicking football to chalk up a comfortable victory in horrible conditions.
It was effectively over as contest by half-time, Meath in front by 2-08 to 0-03, and they closed it out on the turnaround.
Thomas O’Reilly and Daniel Quinn bagged 1-1 apiece, while Mickey Newman – making his first appearance since the 2017 All-Ireland qualifier loss to Donegal – kicked five points.
Ronan Ryan got the other goal for Andy McEntee’s men who play Longford in Ashbourne next week.
Longford squeezed past Wicklow 1-07 to 1-06 at Newtownforbes.
They trailed by a point at the break – 1-03 to 1-02 – but kept chipping away to eventually sneak it.
Daniel Mimnagh, Colm P Smyth, Darren Quinn, and Robbie Smyth kept the scorbeoard ticking over, with Robbie Smyth settling it with a composed point late on.
Wexford eased to a 0-16 to 1-06 defeat of their hosts Louth at the Centre of Excellence in Darver.
They were 0-9 to 0-5 by the time they headed for the oranges but San Nulroy’s goal early in the sewcond half brought Louth back to within a point of the visitors.
That however merely proved to be the catalyst for Wexford to pull away as frees from Jonathon Bealin, Kevin O’Grady, Cathal Deveraux – plus a Ben Brosnan score – wrapped it up.