Meath 1-11 Tyrone 1-17

Tyrone have guaranteed promotion back to Division 1 of the Allianz Football League with two games to spare after a fifth consecutive victory as Meath were defeated in Navan.

Ronan O'Neill's 1-04 haul proved decisive as the visitors led from the 23rd minute and frustrated Meath with their finely tuned counter attacking strategy. 

Free-taker Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh also weighed in with six points between them, sealing a victory that clears manager Mickey Harte to experiment in his final two games.  

As for Meath, they're deep in relegation trouble now after taking just three points from a possible 10. The Royal County have testing trips to Derry and Laois in their remaining two games with points required if they're to avoid slipping to Division 3. 

Meath knew they were playing for their lives in the division after a draw and two dispiriting defeats since beating Armagh in the opening round. 

In their last two games they coughed up leads of nine points against Galway, and eight against Cavan, to slip to a draw and a defeat respectively. 

The positive they clung to was that they finished strong in Galway last weekend and they enjoyed a bright start here, netting inside four minutes. 

Mickey Newman, who finished with 1-07, scored it and his accurate right footed finish to the top left corner was a fitting climax to a brilliant passing move that involved Alan Douglas, Cillian O'Sullivan and Harry Rooney. 

But Tyrone's response was ominous as they hit the net at the other end just five minutes later. 

O'Neill slotted beyond Conor McHugh in the Meath goal though full-back Conor McGill was at fault for misjudging the flight of Niall Sludden's long diagonal ball in. 

Tyrone were happy to allow Meath attack their fortified defence and, more often than not, come away with nothing. 

At one stage late in the half Tyrone had all their players camped in their half and when they eventually forced a turnover they launched a counter attack that ended in a Jonathan Monroe point. 

The Carrickmore man, one of four late additions to the Tyrone team, scored two first-half points while O'Neill, also their free-taker, scored 1-03. 

Tyrone deserved to lead by more than 1-10 to 1-06 at the break but with seven minutes of injury-time allotted the hosts clawed back points from James McEntee and Cillian O'Sullivan. 

Meath battled gamely in the third quarter and reduced their arrears to just two points after Newman's final point of the game in the 52nd minute. 

But Tyrone finished strong and outscored the Royals by 0-06 to 0-01 to win with plenty to spare.

Tyrone: M O'Neill; C McCarron, R McNamee, A McCrory; J Monroe (0-02), N Sludden (0-01), T McCann; C Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly (0-02); R Donnelly (0-01), P Harte (0-03, 0-03f), C McCann; C McAliskey, S Cavanagh (0-03, 0-02f), R O'Neill (1-04, 0-02f). 

Subs: HP McGeary (0-01) for McNamee, M Bradley for McAliskey, C Meyler for Sludden, P McNulty for McCann, K McGeary for R Donnelly, R Brennan for O'Neill. 

Meath: C McHugh; D Keogan, C McGill, M Burke; D Tobin, B Power, A Douglas; H Rooney, P Harnan (0-01); J McEntee (0-01), C O'Sullivan (0-01), G Reilly; E Wallace, M Newman (1-07, 0-06f, 0-01 45), D Lenihan. 

Subs: C Finn for Douglas, R O Coileain for Lenihan, C O'Brien for Tobin, C Downey for McEntee, B Tormay for Keogan (blood),  B O'Brien for O'Sullivan, A Tormey (0-01) for Reilly (BC). 

Referee: F Kelly (Longford).