The game at a glance
Man of the match
Brendan Murphy (Carlow)
A terrific performance of graft and intensity. Won plenty of ugly ball. Showed leadership all the way.
Brendan Murphy's decisive challenge on Joe Sheridan in the last minute of time added on.
JJ Smith's smash-and-grab late, late goal that sensationally brought Carlow level in the 72nd minute.
How did Meath fail to press home their advantage after they got the boost of Cian Ward's 18th-minute goal, putting them five points ahead?
Barry Cassidy from Derry sent off three, and dished out nine yellow cards. Player indiscipline was the main cause of the reds.
What they said
Luke Dempsey (Carlow manager):
"It was real championship stuff. A great match. We really put our hearts and souls into it for Carlow."
"We gave everything, we used 19 players and it wasn't good enough. We are delighted to get out with a draw."
Frees: Meath 23 (13 first half); Carlow 24 (11)
Wides: Meath 7 (5); Carlow 7 (1)
Yellow cards: Meath 4 (C Gillespie 29, 54, M Burke 33, J Queeney 67); Carlow 5 (Brendan Murphy 7, D Foley 24, C Lawlor 32, E Ruth 32, D Hayden 65)
Red cards: Meath 1 (C Gillespie 54, second yellow); Carlow 2 (P Reid 68, straight red; D Hayden, straight red 70)
Replay at Tullamore next Saturday night; winners will meet the winners of Offaly v Kildare, who play next Sunday.