Meath claimed a semi-final spot in dramatic fashion while Kildare were relegated from Division 1A of the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League on Sunday.

Holders Cork will face Meath, who edged out Laois for fourth spot, while Dublin are due to face Monaghan in the last four.

At Naomh Mearnóg, last year’s beaten finalists Laois arrived for their clash with Dublin knowing that a victory would be good enough to secure a semi-final place.

But Peter Clarke’s Dublin put the O’Moore County to the sword, running out 0-11 to 0-8 winners.

Sinead Aherne, Orlagh Egan and Amy McGuinness helped themselves to three points each while Olivia Leonard and Natalia Hyland grabbed a point each.

Laois, who trailed by 0-03 to 0-06 at half-time, tried desperately hard throughout, but were left disappointed as Mary Kirwan finished as top scorer for the visitors with 0-03.

Meanwhile, Monaghan claimed a sixth victory from seven matches to confirm Kildare’s relegation. The Farney girls were comfortable 0-18 to 0-8 winners at Aughnamullen as eight players got on the scoresheet.

Monaghan led by 0-09 to 0-04 at half-time, but pulled away in the second half against outclassed Kildare, who picked up just a single point from their seven matches this season.

Catriona McConnell scored four points for Monaghan while Niamh Kindlon and Laura McEnaney followed in hot pursuit with 0-03 each.

Eimear Fogarty finished as leading scorer for Kildare with a 0-04 haul, including three frees.

Elsewhere, Cork’s 2-10 to 0-11 victory over Tyrone in Killyclogher ensured a 100 percent record so far this season for the league and All-Ireland champions.

At Convoy, Meath beat hosts Donegal by 4-06 to 0-08 to squeeze into that precious fourth position on the table, finishing just a point clear of Laois.

In Division 2, Mayo will play Kerry and Galway will take on Clare in the semi-finals, with Tipperary relegated to Division 3.