Royals rally to sink Dubs in extra-time
Leinster and All-Ireland champions Dublin relinquished their titles against arch rivals Meath following a titanic struggle at Pairc Tailteann.
It took 80 minutes to separate the two sides after Dublin seemed to have done enough when recovering from a very shaky start to lead by two points with a minute of normal time remaining.
However, Meath fought back with a point from substitute Andrew Tormey, before Michael Newman accounted for his seventh point of the hour to force the game to extra-time.
The home side dominated the extra 20 minutes, with subs Sean Dalton, Shane Gillespie and Tormey all notching crucial scores as they went five clear at one stage.
The home side set out their stall in the early stages and were four points to the good after six minutes. Dublin gradually worked their way back into contention and trailed by just two at the end of the first quarter.
The Dubs were unlucky when Philip Ryan produced a great finish to the Meath net, only to be whistled back for an earlier foul by a Meath defender.
With Newman in excellent form and notching four first-half points, Meath led 0-10 to 0-5 at the break.
Dublin relied heavily on Dean Rock from placed balls and the Ballymun Kickhams man hauled his side back into contention with some fine scores.
Sub Paul Hudson contributed two points as Dublin drew level on 54 minutes and points from defenders Darragh Nelson and Kevin O'Brien eventually put them two clear.
Meath showed their renowned battling qualities and they wrested back the initiative and then led 0-18 to 0-16 at the end of the first period of extra-time.
There was no way back for Dublin after that as Meath won in convincing style.
SCORERS - Meath: M Newman 0-7 (5f), D Smyth 0-4, S Dalton, P Gilsenan (1f) 0-2 each, A Tormey, B Menton, M Battersby, W Carry, C Lenehan, S Gillespie 0-1 each. Dublin: D Rock 0-7 (6f), P Hudson 0-3, G Seaver 0-2, C Dorney, D Nelson, K O'Brien, P Ryan, H Dawson 0-1 each.
Meath - C McHugh; C McPartland, S Curran, W Ryan; D Keoghan, C Lenehan, M O'Sullivan; B Menton, J Owens; P Gilsenan, D Smyth, D Larkin; M Battersby, N Murphy, M Newman. Subs: S Dalton for Larkin (39), A Tormey for Murphy (44), S Gillespie for Battersby (54), W Carry for Owens (54), E Murray for Gilsenan (e/t), N Judge for Smyth (e/t), S Tobin for Menton (e/t).
DUBLIN - R O'Flaherty; K O'Brien, J McCarthy, D Nelson, G Seaver, S Murray, G McArdle; D Murphy, C Reddin; C Dorney, D Rock, G Sweeney; P Ryan, G McIntyre, D Stapleton. Subs: M Concar for McArdle (24), H Dawson for McIntyre (26), E Keogh for Murphy (37), P Hudson for Stapleton (37), P Houlihan for Ryan (60), P Keaney for Reddin (e/t), A McCarrick for Concar (e/t), McIntyre for Rock (e/t).
REF -- D Brazil (Offaly).
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