Minors to give Dubs a big test
section, but the final has yet to take place after the Leesiders failed to agree to the original date.
Dublin were defeated by Carlow in their section, but the Metropolitans fielded a largely under-17 squad in the competition and the one that takes the field on Saturday is likely to be a totally different outfit.
All opening-round losers will of course have a second chance by going into the losers group and getting back into the competition at the quarter-final stage.
Meath, though, will be hoping to lay down a marker against the Dubs and on the basis of the league campaign they stand an excellent chance of going straight through to the last eight.
Unlike some previous outfits, this present team should be well able to match their opponents in terms of power and strength.
Andrew Beakey, Liam Byrne, Adam Murphy, Padraig Nulty, Daragh Nolan, Shane Walsh and Cathal Finnegan will likely all figure as Meath attempt to redress the balance against their arch rivals.