For the second week in a row, Meath manager Andy McEntee was left to rue a poor final quarter in a Super 8s  clash by his side.

Last week, they were level with Donegal 55 minutes in but lost by nine. It was exactly the same story today at Croke Park and exactly the same result - Mayo winning 2-17 to 0-14 in the end.

"It is a bit frustrating," McEntee told RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport. "We do a lot of good things again and then we get to that business end of things and we made too many errors.

"We had chances to stretch ahead around 54, 55 minutes which we didn't take. We missed a couple of frees and chances from close in you would expect to be getting.

"We gave the ball away a couple of times in play and then from a kick-out we got punished again (for Kevin McLoughlin's goal).

"It's tough on the lads. It's a steep learning curve. If you go out there and you don't do the right thing at the right time, you get punished.

"That seems to be happening to us too often."

McEntee believes there are still plenty of positives to take from the county's first Super 8s campaign however.

"There was so much good about today and last week. The lads have been fantastic, they've put in a huge effort.

"The performances, pretty much all year, have been something that I would be very proud of. We've just come up short against the better quality teams.

"We have made progress. Maybe not as much as we would like but it is progress to be playing games like this at this time of the year.

"We've just got to go back and keep at it. We have to be better."

Donegal and Kerry's draw ends Royal interest in Group 1, but McEntee insists that they will aim to finish on a high in Navan in two weeks' time, regardless of what is on the line.

"We're playing Kerry in front of our own supporters.

"I'd like to think we'll be able to muster up another good performance."