All-Ireland qualifiers: Meath 1-14 Donegal 1-15

Patrick McBrearty of Donegal challenges Meath's Donal Keogan
Patrick McBrearty of Donegal challenges Meath's Donal Keogan

Man-of-the-match Patrick McBrearty landed a superb long-range score in stoppage-time to give Donegal a one-point win over Meath at Navan.

The third-round qualifier looked to be heading to extra-time but the Chill Chartha forward sent the decisive point over from the edge of the 45.

Donegal had gone three points up when Ryan McHugh dived to palm in a goal.

But gutsy Meath hit back straight away with Cillian O'Sullivan following up to net and make it 1-12 each.

Donegal will now face one of the beaten provincial finalists and victory will put the 2012 winners into the last eight of the All-Ireland Championship.

Meath had been underdogs against Rory Gallagher's men but they pushed the Ulster men all the way at Pairc Tailteann.

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Donegal 'made life difficult for themselves'

The sides were level on seven points each after a closely-contested first half, Donal Lenihan landing three frees for the hosts and McBrearty scoring three points for Donegal.

The sides were level again on 0-12 each when McHugh finished off a move involving Martin McElhinney and Eoghan Bán Gallagher.

But Donegal's three-point cushion quickly disappeared as O'Sullivan pounced after a good save by keeper Mark Anthony McGinley.

Bryan Menton briefly edged Meath into the lead but ultimately it was McBrearty who landed the decisive point.

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