McGowan strikes to sink Kingdom
Meath 2 -15 Kerry 1 - 17
There was a sensational finish to this quarter-final in Trim as Meath snatched victory with a goal right at the death against a fancied Kerry.
The Kingdom had edged ahead in a close encounter with two points in the space of a minute in added time from Michael O'Leary.
However, there was to be one final twist with Meath midfielder Stefan Kelly making strides through the Kerry rearguard before passing to substitute Gavin McGowan who first-timed the ball into the net.
The start was delayed due to the visitors' late arrival but they wasted no time in settling into the game and had a goal from Ricky Heffernan on three minutes.
Kerry held the lead throughout the half until Meath's talisman Jack Regan pointed a free on the stroke of half-time to leave the sides level at the break, 0-7 to 1-4.
Regan pointed his side ahead on the restart and the teams were deadlocked on five different occasions in the second half before Fergal Flattery netted for Meath to leave them leading 1-15 to 1-12 after 54 minutes.
Kerry responded strongly with five successive points but were then caught by that late sucker punch from McGowan.
SCORERS - Meath: J Regan 0-6 (3f, 1 '65), F Flattery 1-2, G McGowan 1-0, L Martyn 0-3, S McGrath 0-2, C O'Shea, J Wall 0-1 each. Kerry: P McGrath 0-9 (7f, 1 '65), R Heffernan 1-0, P Lucid 0-3, M O'Leary, B O'Leary 0-2 each, J Brick 0-1.
MEATH - C Bird; C Sheerin, L Rickard, C McGrath; E Ryan, S McGrath, C O'Shea; L Martyn, S Kelly; J Andrews, J Regan, P Potterton; J Wall, F Flattery, S Doyle. Subs: J Gilmartin for Sheerin (43), G McGowan for Doyle (44).
KERRY - S Murphy; F Horgan, D Fitzell, K Carmody; M Stackpoole, D Shanahan, B O'Leary; T Casey, P Lucid; K Fitzgerald, M O'Leary, J Brick; P McGrath, R Heffernan, D Leahy. Subs: S O'Sullivan for Leahy (50), D Carroll for Fitzgerald (55).
REF - G McGrath (Dublin)