National League Division 2 round-up: Galway and Derry impress; wins for Tyrone and Meath
Published 31/01/2016 | 18:05
Tyrone got their Allianz National Football League Division 2 campaign off to a winning start when securing a narrow 0-10 to 0-8 victory over Cavan in Omagh this afternoon.
Lee Brennan made an impressive debut for the hosts, kicking three first-half points as the sides remained deadlocked at 0-5 apiece at the break.
The contest remained delicately poised after the break but the ability of defenders Justin McMahon and Rory Brennan to land crucial scores kept the hosts narrowly ahead with Conor McAliskey kicking the insurance score late on.
At Celtic Park, Derry pulled clear in the second-half when recording an ultimately comfortable 3-13 to 1-10 win over Fermanagh in Celtic Park.
The foundation for their victory lay in second-half goals by Cailean O'Boyle and Mark Lynch as the hosts comfortably overcame a 1-6 to 1-5 interval deficit.
It was Fermanagh who started the brightest through early points by Sean Quigley and Ruairi Corrigan and they opened up a four point lead as Corrigan fired home in the 10th minute.
However, Benny Heron's 25th minute goal handed the hosts a lifeline and the win was confirmed late on as substitute Lynch palmed home from close range.
Meath's encouraging month continued as they secured an impressive 1-10 to 0-8 victory over Armagh in Páirc Tailteann.
Mickey Newman proved their scorer-in-chief with the full-forward accruing 1-4 over the duration as his 10th minute goal against the breeze proved the pivotal score for the O'Byrne Cup winners.
Gavin McParland and Miceal McKenna shared four points for the visitors but their interval lead of 0-8 to 1-4 never looked sufficient as they were help scoreless after the break.
The final fixture saw Damien Comer fire two goals as Galway eased to a 3-12 to 1-10 victory over a disappointing Laois at O'Moore Park.
Galway led by 2-6 to 0-1 at the break with Comer and Adrian Varley netting with Daniel O'Reilly scoring a consolation goal for Laois.
Allianz FL Division 2
Meath 1-10 Armagh 0-08
Tyrone 0-10 Cavan 0-08
Laois 1-10 Galway 3-12
Derry 3-13 Fermanagh 1-09
Allianz FL Division 3
Clare 1-11 Sligo 0-07