Meath captured their second Leinster MFC crown in a little over a month when brushing aside the Dublin challenge with consummate ease in the 2021 decider at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.
Two goals in the space of a minute in the opening quarter set the Royals on their way and they were never seriously tested by a disappointing Dublin after that.
Full forward Oisín Ó Murchú hit the opening goal on seven minutes with a shot which seemed to be going over the bar but ended up in the net. Then man of the match Sean Emmanuel pounced on a stray pass, played a one-two with Christian Finlay, and blasted to the net to give Meath the perfect start.
It took Dublin 17 minutes to open their account, Sean Gannon from a free for their only score of the half. Meath eventually led 2-5 to 0-1 at half-time.
Dublin were given a glimmer of hope when Scott McConnell bundled a crossfield delivery from Karl Flynn over the line for a goal on 43 minutes but two minutes later the corner forward was red-carded after the referee consulted with his umpires.
Any hope Dublin had of making a contest of it disappeared when Hughie Corcoran incepted a short kick-out and chipped stranded keeper Charlie Coghlan for Meath’s third goal on 51 minutes.
H Corcoran (1-5, 5 frees), O Ó Murchú (1-2), S Emmanuel (1-0), S Leonard (0-1).
S McConnell (1-1, 0-1 free), Sean Gannon (free), R Cahill (0-1 each).
O McDermott; C Ennis, L Kelly, S O’Hare; S Leonard, T Corbett, K Smyth; P Wilson, J Kinlough; J O’Regan, S Emmanuel, C McWeeney; C Finlay, O Ó Murchú, H Corcoran.
B O’Halloran for Ennis (33), A Moore for McWeeney (38), T Martyn for Ó Murchú (53), D Ehichoya for Finlay, J Mannion for Smyth (both 58).
C Coghlan; F Bruton, D Murphy, J Smith; M Gardiner, G McEneaney, D Colbert; C Duggan, E O’Connor Flanagan; R Mullarkey, M McNally, Z Delmar; T Gorman, S Gannon, S McDonnell.
R Fahey for Mullarkey, R Cahill for Smith (both h-t), K Flynn for Gannon (40), L McGauran for Gorman (48), J Clair for Duggan (58).
F Pierce (Offaly)