Three goals in eight minutes mid-way through the second half turned this Liberty Insurance All-Ireland intermediate camogie semi-final on its head with Waterford just holding off a desperate rally by Meath to cement their place in the final on September 13.
The majestic Jane Dolan scored two goals and three points in the first half, with Megan Thynne also grabbing a goal, as Meath stormed into a 3-4 to 0-5 lead at half time.
Meath would have expected to be under the cosh straight after the resumption but initially, they coped with what Waterford had to offer quite well.
From the time Shona Curran breached their defences for the first time on 41 minutes though, the floodgates opened and the trend of the game was changed completely.
Aisling Power and second school student Beth Carton also found the net and with magnificent Trish Jackman bringing her tally to five points, the Déise were now three clear.
Dolan pegged back two of those but despite seven minutes of injury time and incessant pressure, Waterford held out.
SCORERS – WATERFORD: T Jackman 0-5(3fs); B Carton, S Curran 1-1 each; A Power 1-0; L Bray, J Simpson, N Rockett 0-1 each
MEATH: J Dolan 2-5(0-2fs); A Minogue 0-3(2fs, 1 45); M Thynne 1-0; S Hackett 0-1
WATERFORD: D Brennan, K McMahon, C Whyte, V Falconer, C Raher, T Jackman, J Simpson, I Heffernan, L Bray, N Rockett, N Morrissey, B Carton, A Power, T McGlone, D Power. Subs: B Kavanagh for D Power, S Curran for Morrissey, V O’Brien for Simpson, Simpson for A Power
MEATH: E Mangan, E Coffey, C Coffey, G Coleman, A Keogh, K Troy, L O’Donoghue, J Dolan, K Hackett, A Minogue, A Maguire, M Thynne, C O’Brien, E Guy, S Hackett. Subs: A Gaffney for Guy, M Keogh for E Coffey, F O’Brien for Gaffney, A Thompson for Thynne
REFEREE: J Byrne (Dublin)