Meath broke clear in the second half and never looked back as they hammered Roscommon 1-19 to 0-09 at Navan's Pairc Tailteann.

A goal from corner back Caoimhin King, who profited from a one-two with Graham Geraghty, sent the Royals in at the break with a slender 1-07 to 0-06 buffer.

The second half really showcased the gulf in class as Daithi Regan and Joe Sheridan (0-05 each) scored at will. Wing forward Peter Curran (0-03 (2f)) was also in impressive form.

The Rossies, who hit nine wides, were poorly served as only Seamus O'Neill and Cathal Cregg (0-03 each) pointed from play.

Meath: B Murphy; S MacGabhann, K Reilly, C King (1-00); N McLaughlin, A Moyles, S Kenny (0-01); N Crawford (capt), M Ward (0-01); P Curran (0-03 (2f)), G Geraghty, M Doran; D Regan (0-05 (1f)), J Sheridan (0-05), B Farrell (0-01).
Subs used: G Robinson for Doran, D White (0-01) for Farrell, C McCarthy for Crawford, B Lynch (0-02) for Ward, N McKeigue for MacGabhann.

Roscommon: G Claffey; S McDermott, D Casey, P O'Connor; S Daly, J Nolan, R Dooner; B Mullan, M Finneran; J Tiernan, S O'Neill (0-03), E Kenny; G Lohan, C Cregg (0-03), G Heneghan (0-03 (2f, 1 '45)).
Subs used: Sean Fahy for Lohan, J Nolan for Tiernan.

Referee: Pat McEnaney (Monaghan).