The game at a glance
Man of the match: Emmet Bolton (Kildare): James Kavanagh and Hugh McGrillen were other contenders but when the game was in the melting pot, Bolton got himself in the right place at the right time and kept his cool to score 1-2 to swing the game.
With the sides level on 12 points apiece Joe Sheridan fluffed a shot that would have put Meath ahead and then Cian Ward missed a 50m free. Going two points clear then might have changed everything.
Seamus Kenny's blood substitution. No one seemed to know how he got quite a serious head wound, but it was no coincidence that once he'd departed his marker, Bolton, scored 1-1 in three minutes.
Joe McQuillan made a brave penalty call after just three minutes and had a very good game but one of his linesmen was not quite as sharp and is there no such thing as 'charging' anymore?
What they said
Kieran McGeeney (Kildare manager):
"We feel there is a lot more football in us. It's hard... every week we are told we are not natural footballers."
Seamus McEnaney (Meath manager):
"When Seamus Kenny went off the sides were level and we had three or four opportunities to go one or two points up and we took the wrong options. In that period, there were four breaking balls, Kildare won the four of them and that's Seamus' speciality."
Wides: Kildare: 6 (3); Meath 9 (4)
Frees: Kildare 20 (11); Meath 25 (12)
Yellow cards: Kildare 1 (Flanagan 71); Meath 2 (C Ward 47, Farrell 54)
Attendance: 20,000 (est)
Kildare play Ulster final losers Derry next weekend. Meath's season is finished.