DONEGAL 1-15 ROSCOMMON 0-14
Last year's Lory Meagher winners Donegal scored a surprise but deserved win in Letterkenny on Saturday.
Ronan McDermott's first-half goal fired Donegal to a first ever senior hurling win over the Rossies. Roscommon, who were reliant on David Dolan's free-taking, led 0-6 to 0-5 approaching the interval, when Donegal steered ahead.
Goalkeeper David Dowd made a mess of collecting Eugene Organ's effort and McDermott batted home from close range.
Lee Henderson, Danny Cullen and Enda McDermott stretched Donegal's lead to five points early in the second half. Roscommon lost their discipline, with Kevin Conneely and Shane McDermott both sent off for second bookings.
The visitors got back to within two with six minutes left, but Enda McDermott and two from Niall Campbell sealed it for the hosts.
Man of the Match: N Campbell (Donegal)
Scorers -- Donegal: N Campbell 0-7 (4f, 2 '65'), E McDermott 0-4, R McDermott 1-0, L Henderson, D Cullen 0-2 each. Roscommon: D Dolan 0-10 (9f), M Kelly, P Kelly, D Nolan, J Lawlor 0-1 each.
Donegal -- P Burns; P Doherty, J Boyle, A McDermott; B Harrigan, J McGee, J Donnelly; S McVeigh, P Sheridan; E McDermott, E Organ, L Henderson; R McDermott, D Cullen, N Campbell. Subs: C McDermott for P Doherty (60), K Campbell for Henderson (60).
Roscommon -- D Dowd; B Donnelly, S Curley, D Fallon; S Melia, S McDermott, P Kelly; G Fallon, M Kelly; B Kelly, D Nolan, K Connelly; D Dolan, J Coyne, T Seale. Subs: C Egan for Coyne (21), J Lawlor for Seale (42), D Falherty for Fallon S),ins), E Kenny for Kelly (47), G Fallon for Egan (70).
Ref -- E Hassan (Derry).
THE gulf between Divisions 2B and 3A of the NHL was plain for all to see in Dundalk on Saturday as 13-man Armagh cruised to victory.
Playing against the breeze in the opening period, the visitors were full value for a 0-9 to 0-6 half-time lead, but their mettle was tested when Ryan Gaffney was shown a straight red card just before the break and Adrian Wallace netted an equalising goal straight after the restart.
Armagh made light of their numerical disadvantage, though, and, with David Carvill in fine form from play and frees, they steadied the ship with six points without reply in a 10-minute spell.
They were seven points clear when Louth were awarded the first of two late penalties in the 60th minute, but Simon Doherty saved well from Brian Corcoran and repeated the trick in injury-time, denying Diarmuid Murphy. Paul McCormack followed Gaffney to the line on a second yellow card.
Man of the Match: David Carvill (Armagh)
SCORERS -- Armagh: D Carvill 0-9 (7f), R Lewis 0-4, R McGrattan, P McCormack (1f) 0-2 each, J King, R Gaffney, C Corvan 0-1 each Louth: S Fennell 0-3 (2f), A Wallace 1-0, B Corcoran 0-2, G Rellis, S Callan, R Byrne (1 '65') 0-1 each.
LOUTH -- J Connolly; D McArdle, W Morrissey, M Wallace; D O'Sullivan,R Byrne, D Horan; S Callan, D O'Hanrahan; D Dunne, S Fennell, DMurphy; K McNally, B Corcoran, A Wallace. Subs: G Rellis for K McNally(48), G Smyth for D O'Hanrahan (69).
ARMAGH -- S Doherty; M Garvey, C Clifford, C McKee; P Gaffney, NCurry, K McKernan; J King, P McCormack; R Gaffney, M Maguire, David Carvill; R Lewis, C Corvan, C Carvill. Subs: R McGrattan for M Maguire (h-t), Donal Carvill for M Garvey (57), C Coulter for R Lewis (59), E Carvill for C Corvan (64).
REF -- P O'Dwyer (Carlow).