Meath will now play Kildare or Tyrone in the qualifiers, with manager Mick O’Dowd still coming to terms with his first Leinster decider defeat in the hot seat.
He said, “I’m devastated after losing a Leinster final. We didn’t come here to get a heartening display, we came here to win a Leinster title. We didn’t do it. Our first half showed what we wanted to do, our second half didn’t.
“We have to get used to performing against teams of the caliber of Dublin and that’s the first time we have done it this year. We were really looking forward to that challenge.”
KILDARE will host Tyrone in the All-Ireland football qualifiers in Newbridge this Saturday when Galway host Armagh, Wexford entertain Laois and Cavan take on Derry in Celtic Park.
The final round of football qualifiers takes place the following weekend when the winners of the Kildare-Tyrone game play Meath in Croke Park in a double header that sees Galway or Armagh face Cork . . .
THE GAA will investigate ugly scenes at the end of Wexford’s win over Longford in the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday night when players and officials from both teams clashed on the pitch.
Wexford manager Aidan O’Brien said, “It was absolutely awful and it is certainly something I wouldn’t condone.” . . .
LEITRIM bosses George Dugdale and Barney Breen have confirmed they are unlikely to seek another term in office after Saturday night’s huge 8-13 to 0-10 defeat to Armagh in the football qualifiers . . .
LIAM Dunne refused to discuss his future as Wexford manager after his team’s extra-time defeat to Clare in the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday . . .
CORK play Kilkenny and Galway will meet Clare in an All-Ireland SHC quarterfinal double header at Semple Stadium on Sunday, July 28.