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Thursday 8 December 2016

Round-up Division 2: Supersub Murtagh leads Roscommon promotion

Diarmuid Murtagh, Roscommon, in action against Eoghan Kerin, Galway
Diarmuid Murtagh, Roscommon, in action against Eoghan Kerin, Galway

FOUR points from second-half sub Diarmuid Murtagh and goals from Conor Daly and Senan Kilbride sealed Roscommon's promotion to Division 1 after a seven-point win (2-13 to 0-12) over relegated Westmeath at Cusack Park, Mullingar.

Just a point separated the sides at the break, but a brilliant second period from John Evans' side saw them to the victory, and to their second successive promotion by virtue of their superior scoring tally.

Less than 24 hours after their successful Connacht U21 final the trio of Ultan Harney, Diarmuid Murtagh and Enda Smith all made massive impacts off the bench.

Roscommon's Seánie McDermott received a straight red card in injury-time, and will miss out on the league final against Down.

Tribes send Lilies down

GALWAY defeated Kildare 3-12 to 1-12 to secure their Division 2 survival and condemn Jason Ryan's Kildare to relegation to the second year in-a-row at Tuam Stadium.

Shane Walsh (two) and Fiontán Ó Curraoin grabbed the goals for the hosts.

Ó Curraoin was sent off in the last minute as Kildare were awarded a penalty but Mikey Conway saw his shot come back off the post.

The visitors did get a goal through Daniel Flynn in the dying embers but it was too little too late for the Lilywhites.

Galway led by six points, 1-10 to 0-7, at the half-time interval having dominated the opening 35 minutes - in fact the Tribesmen should have held a stronger interval advantage.

Laverty on the double

DOWN will face the Rossies in the NFL Division 2 final with both counties promoted for the 2016 League with a 3-12 to 1-15 victory over Laois at Páirc Esler, Newry yesterday.

Two first-half goals from Conor Laverty and Paul Devlin helped them lead by 2-7 to 0-8 at half time and Arthur McConville bagged a third goal after 53 minutes.

Ross Munnelly scored a last-minute penalty for Laois, who maintained their Division 2 status despite defeat, while Laois U21 ace Evan O'Carroll kicked seven points from placed balls.

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