Meath minor footballers exited the Leinster MFL on Saturday when they were edged out by hosts Longford at windy Lanesboro in the semi-final following a tight game.
Meath lost by three points (1-10 to 1-13) despite a battling performance and the Royal County also trailed at the interval when they turned over adrift by 0-4 to 1-8.
This was a disappointing defeat for Meath after a good run through the qualifying group that saw them defeat Dublin (in Ashbourne), Limerick (In Dunganny) and Carlow last Wednesday night in Navan.
Meath also collected a number of injuries during the campaign with Charlie Bird and Gavin McGowan just two of the players who picked up knocks in the Group phase of the competition.
However, manager Eoin Carroll will have a good chance to assess his players and will now turn his focus to the Leinster MFC and a first round game against Wicklow.
Meath - Johnny Lynch (Moynalty); Ronan Ryan (Summerhill), Iarla Hughes (Summerhill), Dan Ormsby (Dunshaughlin); Jordan McLoughlin (Dunboyne), Stephen Crosbie (Rathkenny), John Morley (Skryne); Ronan Jones (Dunboyne 0-1 ‘45), Brian Harnan (Moynalvey 0-1); Shane Comiskey (Dunboyne 0-1), Dylan Brady (Donaghmore/Ashbourne), Ross Ryan (Summerhill); Stephen Duffy (Dunshaughlin 1-1), David McLoughlin (Moynalvey 0-2), Daire Rowe (Syddan 0-4 three frees).
Subs - Jack Giles (Donaghmore/Ashbourne) for Crosbie 20 mins, Sean Power (St Ultan’s) for Brady 35m, James Cullen (Trim) for J McLoughlin 42m, Aaron Farrelly (Simonstown Gaels) for Ronan Ryan 49m, Sean Meade (Nobber) for D McLoughlin 55m.
Black card - James Cullen 45m (replaced by Jack Reid, Syddan)