Waterford produced their best display of the season but it was Meath who proved too strong in last night's exciting Rd. 2 Tailteann Cup clash at a humid Fraher Field.
The Royals netted three 2nd-half goals as they prevailed by nine points, 3-17 to 1-14 with Matthew Costello, Jordan Morris (who converted a disputed penalty) and substitute Donal Lenihan raising green flags.
The Déise missed three gilt-edged goal chances in the opening half as Sean Brennan denied Darragh Corcoran (with a superb double save after 2 minutes) and Brian Lynch.
Jason Curry got a 20th-minute goal for Ephie Fitzgerald's men who trailed by two at the break (0-9 to 1-4).
Darragh Corcoran top scored for the hosts who played some brilliant football - he ended with 8 points (7 coming from frees) - while captain Dermot Ryan along with Conor Murray kicked two each from play.
Waterford will face Tipp in the final round at a neutral venue in two weeks' time.
Manager Ephie Fitzgerald spoke to Gavin Whelan after the full-time whistle.