Meath manager Andy McEntee said that things are starting to come together for the Royal County after they snatched victory against Kildare in Navan.

The last gasp victory has put Meath in pole position to be promoted to Division 1 of the Allianz Football League, and McEntee believes that has to be the objective for his side.  

"That was the stated aim at the start of the year, and nothing has changed. The way things are going this year we’ve got to win our next two games to be sure of it," McEntee told RTÉ Sport.

McEntee, an All-Ireland club winner with Ballyboden St Enda’s, is beginning to impose his philosophy on his native county, but puts it down to a collective effort.

"It’s not necessarily my way, it’s our way. It’s what we think gives us the best chance of getting results. These guys have put a savage effort in over the last number of years; it’s just taken a bit of time for it to come together fully."

Kildare manager Cian O’Neill was magnanimous in defeat, but pointed to a desperately unlucky turn of events that saw three of his players forced off through injury.

"Circumstances were really against us today. We lost Ben McCormack very early on, and he was tearing it up," O’Neill said.

"Then our captain Eoin Doyle went off early and then rarely you see it but our goalkeeper Mark Donnellan went off with concussion. So all of a sudden, it’s not just that you’ve lost three players from your starting 15, you’ve also had to bring on three subs," he continued.

O’Neill also criticised the rule change that has seen the number of allocated substitutes drop from six to five.

"I don’t see the logic in changing the 6 back to 5. The way the game has gone; the speed, the intensity, the work-rate in it. You need all the subs you can get and that cost us today."