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Down's Donal O'Hare. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Down's Donal O'Hare. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Down's Donal O'Hare. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

MEATH kept their promotion prospects alive with a hard-earned 1-14 to 1-11 Allianz Football League Division 2 victory over Down in Navan on Saturday.

Donal O'Hare notched five first-half points for the visitors, but scores from Bryan Menton and Graham Reilly reduced the half-time arrears to 0-7 to 0-6.

Down's Ambrose Rogers netted in the 51st minute in response to a Reilly goal, before excellent scores from Damien Carroll (0-2), Reilly, Stephen Bray (0-2) and Shane O'Rourke helped the Royals finish the stronger.

Donegal are almost certain of promotion while Louth are relegated following a 1-19 to 3-7 defeat in Ballyshannon yesterday.

Jim McGuinness' side led 0-13 to 1-1 at half-time, with Shane Lennon toe-poking home Louth's 34th-minute goal.

Goals from Paddy Keenan and Brian White reduced the deficit to three points, but David Walsh's late goal capped an easy win for Donegal.

Monaghan put in a strong finish to clinch a 0-19 to 0-14 victory over Laois to keep their promotion prospects on track in wet conditions in Clones.

Laois reduced the deficit to two entering the final quarter, but Monaghan kicked on to open a five-point gap thanks to Stephen Gollogly, Dessie Mone and Fintan Kelly.

Laois got it back to three in stoppage time but never looked like getting the goal they needed

Two early goals for Galway paved the way for a four-point 2-14 to 1-13 victory over Armagh in Tuam.

Eddie Hoare and Michael Martin netted within four minutes to set Galway on their way to a crucial victory.


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