Dublin v Meath Game at a Glance
MAN OF THE MATCH
Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin)
A second successive man-of-the-match award for Kilkenny, who orchestrated everything from centre-forward, handling the ball some 30 times and finishing with three points, all in that period just after half-time when they wrestled momentum back off Meath. Almost on his own in the first half up front, his creativity made many openings that weren't always taken.
Meath have asked the first serious questions in this championship of Dublin's game plan, exposing chinks in the full-back line and at midfield, where Meath were largely dominant from kick-outs, especially in the first half.
Getting Denis Bastick on the field on 46 minutes to help break the dominance Meath had at midfield was critical but James McCarthy's hit on a flying Graham Reilly on the Hogan Stand side had a direct link to Dublin's second goal on 59 minutes that made the game safe.
Neither side can have any real argument about Eddie Kinsella's handling of the game. Managed to run things smoothly throughout, helped by the attitude of both sets of players.
Mickey Newman's equalising point on 42 minutes saw him sell two superb dummies and fire over a third point from play in impressive style.
WHAT THEY SAID
Jim Gavin (Dublin manager):
"There were a lot of hard questions asked of the team, probably for the first time since we played in the National League final. And that's twice they responded. I'm happy in that regard."
Mick O'Dowd (Meath manager):
"We came up to win, not to see how we would get on against them."
Dublin 12 (7 in first half)
Meath 5 (4)
Dublin 19 (10)
Meath 20 (15)
Dublin 2 (K O'Brien 34, P Flynn 45)
Meath 4 (P Harnan 30, D Carroll 44, M Burke 67, A Tormey 72)
Dublin advance to All-Ireland quarter-final on the first weekend in August. Meath are in this morning's fourth-round qualifier draw for a match that will take place in two weeks' time.