A powerful performance at Pairc Tailteann eased Meath to their sixth and most important win of the Allianz Football League Division 2 campaign, securing a priceless promotion ticket.

The Royals could have lost and still went up, and did endure a shaky first 20 minutes or so, but impressed from there on to win with seven points to spare and kick-start a promotion party.

It's 13 years since Meath last competed in the top flight of the League and they will look forward to welcoming the country's elite teams again to Navan in 2020.

They also have a Division 2 final at Croke Park next weekend to look forward to first ahead of their 12 May Leinster SFC opener with Offaly.

James McEntee was terrific for Meath and helped himself to 1-01, the same tally as Barry Dardis while speedy Cillian O'Sullivan picked Fermanagh's packed defence apart for 0-04.

Meath came into the game knowing they could afford to lose by anything up to nine points and still progress to Division 1.

That safety net perhaps explained their early lethargy as Fermanagh, with a stiff wind behind them, struck four points in the first four minutes.

In fact, the Ernesiders could have wiped out that nine-point cushion in the opening 10 minutes when they'd registered five wides along with those four points.

Fermanagh, last in Division 1 in 2007 and chasing promotion themselves, racked up 11 wides in total in the first-half and will kick themselves for not capitalising on the wind advantage.

Meath went in at the break leading 1-04 to 0-06 when the visitors really should have been ahead.

Meath's Cillian O'Sullivan and with Eoin Donnelly and Lee Cullen of Fermanagh

Meath only scored one point in the opening 23 minutes, a 16th minute effort from O'Sullivan.

But the hosts, roared on by a large and vocal home support, finished the half strong with Dardis netting in the 29th minute.

It was his third goal in four games having previously raised green flags as a sub against Cork and Kildare.

Ironically, the Summerhill sensation started the season at the opposite end of the field as a goalkeeper for Meath in the O'Byrne Cup.

O'Sullivan and Mickey Newman added points before the interval to leave Meath in pole position and looking forward to playing with the strong wind in the second-half.

Meath duly bossed the second-half and took advantage of Fermanagh committing more numbers to attack as the Ulster outfit chased the game.

Newman, Bryan Menton, McEntee and Dardis all pointed in the third quarter before McEntee finished off a flowing move for Meath's second goal in the 47th minute.

Bryan McMahon played McEntee in after getting free with a burst of pace and Meath now led 2-08 to 0-07.

O'Sullivan added two more points for Meath in the run-in along with scores from Newman and sub James Conlon as they began to eye top flight football for the first time since 2006.

Meath: Andrew Colgan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, Shane Gallagher; James McEntee (1-01), Donal Keogan, Ronan Ryan; Bryan Menton (0-01), Shane McEntee; Cillian O'Sullivan (0-04, 0-01f), Bryan McMahon, Ben Brennan (0-01, 0-01f); Thomas O'Reilly, Barry Dardis (1-01), Mickey Newman (0-03, 0-01f).

Subs: Graham Reilly for Brennan (h/t), Darragh Campion for McMahon (56), Adam Flanagan for Shane McEntee (62), Gavin McCoy for Gallagher (64), James Conlon (0-01) for O'Reilly (65).

Fermanagh: James McGrath; Lee Cullen, Kane Connor, Jonny Cassidy; Che Cullen, James McMahon, Ryan Lyons; Eoin Donnelly, Ryan Jones (0-03); Aidan Breen, Ultan Kelm (0-01), Ciaran Corrigan (0-02); Sean Quigley (0-02, 0-01f), Conall Jones (0-02), Declan McCusker.

Subs: Paul McCusker for Lyons (45), Daniel Teague for Kelm (49), Darragh McGurn (0-01, 0-01f) for Conall Jones (56), Tom Clarke for Donnelly (58), Conor Magee for Quigley (58).

Referee: James Molloy (Galway).