Dublin are clearly the kingpins in Leinster, but familiar old foes are getting closer.

That's the view of RTÉ analyst Kevin McStay who was full of praise for Meath after their dramatic Allianz Football League Division 2 win against Kildare on Sunday.

A 71st-minute penalty from Barry Dardis gave the Royal County a last-gasp victory in Navan, a result which leaves them top of the table with two games to play.

The top flight beckons, and McStay believes it's good news for Meath and good news for Leinster.

"You wouldn't for a minute say that Meath of five, six years ago where anywhere near the Meath of today," he said on Allianz League Sunday. 

"They've been in Division 2 for a long, long time. They've really pointed the car for home now with that win. It looks like they will go up. 

"I'm not saying they're going to beat Dublin, or going to get within a point or two of them, but they are definitely going in the right direction, as are Kildare.

"Kildare are not out of the Division 2 race at all yet. They're definitely closing the gap. The confidence boost of getting back up to Division 1, if they can see it out and you fancy they would, is going to be good for them.

"Definitely, everything is going in the right direction and it's great to see it. No matter what happens now, the Leinster championship will have a little bit more sparkle to it.

"That's not to say they're going to take out Dublin any time soon but they are going in the right direction."