Meath punished Monaghan's wastefulness by taking a deserved win in Saturday's NFL Division 2 clash at Navan.
Two Stephen Bray points helped Meath lead 0-4 to 0-3 before James Turley's goal edged Monaghan two ahead.
Meath regrouped to lead 0-10 to 1-6 at the interval with Paddy Gilsenan among the home side's scorers.
The Royal hit three unanswered scores after half-time and Shane McInerney's goal put the result beyond doubt even though Gilsenan was sent-off late on.
Monaghan competed well for most of the match but any chance of victory was ruined by their 12 second-half wides.
Turley's first-half goal came after an excellent break by Mark Downey.