Colm O'Rourke: Early hopes give way to more Royal upheaval
It was far too easy for Laois to put Meath away after Keoghan's injury writes Colm O'Rourke
Only a few months ago Meath made a fresh start with the introduction of a lot of new players but by the end of this game, a lot of the players who had shown promise against Kildare had been substituted.
This shows they need a lot more time to be ready for this type of battle. They need to muscle-up for the demands of modern day inter-county football.
The foundations of the Laois win were set down early, with a dominant midfield performance for most of the first half.