Whelan proves saviour for Laois
Two goals in a five-minute spell at the end of the third quarter proved decisive as Meath recorded their second win, by 2-11 to 1-13, in the Eirgrid Leinster U-20 Football Championship at Pairc Tailteann yesterday.
Midfielder Daragh Campion struck for the opening goal to edge his side into the lead for only the second time.
Then substitute Jordan Morris who was introduced minutes earlier found the net with a low drive to leave the hosts leading 2-10 to 0-11.
Kildare responded to the challenge and when their top scorer Jimmy Hyland netted on 53 minutes it left them just a point in arrears.
Super sub Morris doubled Meath's advantage with a fine long range effort before Brian McLoughlin pointed his third free of the half on 56 minutes.
There was five added minutes but Kildare were unable to force an equaliser and Meath held out for victory.
Diarmuid Whelan was Laois's saviour as his haul of 1-7 kept their slim chances of progression alive with a 1-14 to 1-13 win over Wicklow.
Billy O'Loughlin's men trailed by four points entering the final quarter, before Whelan reeled off 1-3 to eke out a win.
Having lost their opening game, Wexford gave themselves a boost with a 3-13 to 2-9 victory over Longford at Innovate Wexford Park.
The introduction of Barry O'Connor at full-forward for the second half made the difference as he emerged with 1-1 and was a constant threat to the Longford defence.
This sets Wexford up for a final group game against Dublin, who beat Westmeath by 2-16 to 1-13.