Kelly makes Meath pay the penalty
Kildare 0-19 Meath 0-15
Holders Kildare will be Laois's opponents in this year's Leinster minor final following an absorbing semi-final at Pairc Tailteann.
It took 20 minutes of extra-time to separate the teams after the sides finished at 0-12 each at the end of normal time.
Meath led briefly in extra-time but the turning point arrived in the 67th minute when Jason Scully crashed the ball off the Kildare woodwork from the penalty spot.
Kildare made the most of that let-off and with Ciaran Kelly and Jimmy Hyland in superb form in attack they kicked on for a deserved win.
All of Meath's first-half tally came from play including three excellent efforts from corner forward James Conlon as the sides were also level 0-6 each at half-time.
Kildare relied on two of last year's provincial winning teams, Kelly and Hyland for their opening half scores. Kelly accounted for four of those points including three from placed balls.
Twice in the opening half Meath goalkeeper Adam McDermott blocked efforts from David Kelly and Jack Robinson.
Both sides enjoyed spells of dominance in the second half. Meath led by two points at one stage but Kildare fought back and a Kelly pointed free on 59 minutes sent the game to extra-time.
SCORERS - Kildare: C Kelly 0-8 (6f, 1'45), J Hyland 0-7 (4f), J Robinson 0-2, T Archbald, P Woodgate 0-1 each. Meath: E Devine 0-5, J Scully 0-5 (4f), J Conlon 0-3, D Campion, E Smyth 0-1 each.
KILDARE - L Mullins; J O'Toole, M Dempsey, D Shaw; T Archbald, S Doran, J Gibbons; D Marnell, A Masterson; J Robinson, D Kelly, K Foley; C Kelly, B McLoughlin, J Hyland. Subs: C Costigan for D Kelly 45, J Burke for Foley 54, P Woodgate for McLoughlin 56, D O'Sullivan for Archbald, N Murphy for Marnell (all et).
MEATH - A McDermott; C Harnan, R Clarke, B O'Reilly; J Cassidy, N Murphy, C O'Reilly; E O'Kelly Lynch, S Reilly; D Campion, J Scully, E Smyth; J Conlon, F O'Reilly, E Devine. Subs: N Durkan for O'Kelly Lynch 40, B McKeown for F O'Reilly 45, A Murphy for Cassidy 51, C Aherne for Devine 56, Devine for Smyth, E Mooney for Durkan, C Cullen for Clarke, Smyth for Conlon (all et).
REF - P Maguire (Longford)