Andrew Tormey's 50th minute goal from the penalty spot proved to be the decisive score as Donaghmore/Ashbourne withstood a late Ratoath rally at Pairc Tailteann this evening to book their place in the last four of the SFC against Summerhill.
A dire first-half ended all square, 0-4 each, with Bryan McMahon accounting for Ratoath's scores from frees, while Tormey was in decent form for the winners, clipping over three points from play in the opening half.
The standard bare rose to mediocrity in the second-half as Donaghmore/ashbourne edged 0-7 to0-5 ahead, but when Tormey converted a penalty after Darragh McGovern was fouled it put his side in the driving seat.
Joey Wallace did close the gap to 1-6 to 1-9 with a goal in the 56th minute, but despite getting to within a point Ratoath couldn't find a leveller as Donaghmore/Ashbourne march on.
In the curtain raiser to the SFC quarter-final St Vincent's booked their place in the last four of the JFC with a resounding 3-14 to 1-4 win over St Brigid's.
The Ballinacree side managed just two points from play as their goalfrom the penalty spot from Michael Flood ensured parity at half-time, 1-3 to 0-6.
However, after the resumption St Vincent's limited St Brigid's to just one further point as goals from Paddy Field, Paddy Arnold and Eoghan Corry secured their passage to the last four.
Read Tuesday's Meath Chronicle for full match reports from both games and reaction from Donaghmore/Ashbourne's manager Gabriel Bannigan.