Meath 0-16 Dublin 1-11

A rare win for Meath over the auld enemy in Navan this afternoon though, in truth, Gaelic football didn't seem to matter all that much.

The Sean Cox charity fundraiser drew two rival teams together for a cause greater than either of them, raising vital funds for a man with strong links to both counties.

Cox, from the Round Tower club in Clondalkin but living in Dunboyne where he has raised his family, is recovering from injuries that have been described as 'life changing' and 'catastrophic' following an unprovoked assault outside Anfield last April.

According to today's official match programme, the 53-year-old father of three cannot currently walk or speak, "has recovered some movement in his right arm and right leg but can only be put in a wheelchair with the aid of a hoist".

Clearly, his recovery will be a long road. And, of course, and expense one, hence this intriguing challenge game which looks set to raise around €80,000 to €100,000 for the family.

"Following discharge from the NRH [National Rehabilitation Hospital], Sean's road to recovery will need to be privately funded by family, friends and donations," stated the match programme.

"The reality is that the provision of this long-term care and support for Sean will necessitate significant funding over many years, running into the millions of euros."

The Sean Cox support fund ultimately aims to raise €2m for the former St Peter's, Dunboyne GAA chairman and today's game will bring the current figure to well over €600,000.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman are among those to make significant donations.

Around 4,000 people turned out today - many more tickets may have been sold - as Meath came from behind with four late points to win.

Bryan McMahon scored two of those points while Niall Kane and Mickey Newman, both of whom pushed hard for the Man of the Match award, also pointed.

Martina Cox, wife of Seán Cox, with their daughters Emma, centre, and Shauna alongside Dublin manager Jim Gavin (L) and Meath manager Andy McEntee (R)

"Everybody was aware of the situation with Sean and, like anything, these things come from an innocent and well meaning start and we said it would be a good opportunity to raise a few quid," said Meath manager Andy McEntee, who played for Dunboyne himself.

"With the position I'm in, and the position Jim Gavin is in, it seemed like a reasonable idea."

McEntee explained that Dublin manager Gavin is friendly with Sean's brother, Martin, meaning there was a full buy-in from both counties.

Gavin fielded a team that included four All-Ireland final starters - Brian Fenton, Brian Howard, Niall Scully and Eoin Murchan - while Paddy Small, Eric Lowndes and Conor Mullally, all of whom featured in the 2018 Championship, also started.

Skerries' Stephen Smith, who impressed in October's win over the Underdogs with 2-04, scored two early points though Meath led 0-08 to 0-05 at half-time.

Santa Claus is going in goals

A novel penalty-taking competition at the interval entertained the crowd as sporting icons Johnny Murtagh, Niall Quinn, Alan Brogan, Graham Geraghty and Charlie Redmond all took part, with Santa Claus in goals.

Dublin dominated the third quarter and took a two-point lead after Robbie McDaid netted in the 56th minute.

Fenton and Conor McHugh added points to leave the four-in-a-row All-Ireland winners 1-11 to 0-12 ahead, a scoreline that remained in place with 67 minutes played.

But Dublin didn't score again as Meath reeled off those four points without reply to win it.

Meath: Andy Colgan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, Ronan Ryan; James McEntee (0-01), Donal Keogan, Niall Kane (0-01); Adam Flanagan, Shane McEntee; Bryan Menton (0-01), Graham Reilly (0-03), Ethan Devine (0-01); Bryan McMahon (0-02), Mickey Newman (0-06, 0-04f), Thomas O'Reilly.

Subs: Mickey Burke for Ryan (42), Danny Quinn (0-01) for Menton (42), Sean Tobin for Reilly (48), Thomas McGovern for Devine (54), Shane Glynn for McGill (58), Marcus Brennan for Colgan (64), Gavin McCoy for Shane McEntee (64).

Dublin: Andy Bunyan; Robbie McDaid (1-00), Sean McMahon, Eoin Murchan; Eric Lowndes (0-01), Brian Howard, Conor Mullally (0-01); Brian Fenton (0-01), Darren Gavin (0-01); Niall Scully, Ryan Basquel (0-01), Sean Bugler (0-01); Paddy Small (0-01, 0-01f), Eoghan O'Gara, Stephen Smith (0-02, 0-01f).

Subs: CJ Smith for Murchan (h/t), Cormac Cowley for Scully (h/t), Aaron Byrne for O'Gara (h/t), Robbie Gaughan for Howard (41), Conor McHugh (0-02) for Smith (45),Declan Monaghan for Lowndes (50), Shane Boland for Bugler (52), Oisin Lynch for Small (53), Jack Hazley for Fenton (59), Cian Murphy for Mullally (62), Ian Reilly for Bunyan (64).

Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan)