14-man Derry produced an impressive comeback to beat Laois 1-17 to 2-11 at Celtic Park.
Goals from Ross Munnelly and Damien O’Connor saw the Midlanders lead 2-7 to 0-9 at half time.
Derry were a different side in the second half outscoring Laois 1-8 to 0-4 with Emmett McGuckin‘s fisted goal crucial, and went on to win despite the sending-off of James Kielt.
Westmeath recorded a two point 2-7 to 1-8 victory over Longford at Pearse Park thanks to two second half goals.
The home side had the better of things in the first half and led 1-4 to 0-4 at the break largely thanks to Seanie McCormack’s goal.
Kieran Martin rattled the Longford net and Dessie Dolan added another goal in the 56th minute and Westmeath held out for victory.
Meath bounced back from their disappointing opening round defeat to Wicklow to record a resounding eight point success over Wicklow in Aughrim.
They assumed control early and led 0-10 to 0-4 and the break and the Garden County couldn’t make any inroads and were ultimately beaten 0-16 to 0-8.
Sligo had to withstand a late barrage from 13-man Antrim to record a 1-12 to 0-13 at Markievicz Park.
Kevin Niblock and Michael Magill both saw red in the second half with the Ulster side in the ascendancy.
Sligo led 1-8 to 0-4 at one stage but Antrim showed remarkable spirit to get back in the game although they ultimately fell short.
Clare battled back from seven points down to record a 1-14 to 2-8 victory over Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Leitrim lead 1-5 to 1-4 at half-time after leading 1-5 to 0-1 at one stage, with their goal coming from Conor Beirne but Clare came storming back to claim a good win.
Limerick also had a come-from-behind win over Offaly in Tullamore.
Brian Connor’s goal helped the Faithful county to a 1-6 to 0-7 points half time lead but they only scored two second half points and the Banner men ran out 1-8 to 0-12 point victors.