Football League: Down 1-17 1-16 Galway

Down's Damien Turley tackles Galway forward Michael Martin
Down's Damien Turley tackles Galway forward Michael Martin

Down have moved top of Division Two after a thrilling comeback victory over Galway at Pairc Esler on Sunday.

Patrick Sweeney's goal gave Galway an early lead and they fired over the final three points of the first half to go in 1-10 to 0-7 ahead at the break.

Donal O'Hare fired in the rebound after his penalty was saved but Down still trailed by five before fighting back.

Down scored five points without reply and Paul Devlin sent over a free deep into injury time to clinch the win.

Sweeney blasted into the net on six minutes to give Galway the early impetus with points from Adrian Varley, Danny Cummins and Gareth Bradshaw opening up a five-point gap.

Mark Poland, Ross McGarry and Donal O'Hare pointed as Down enjoyed a brief bright spell and cut the gap to three.

However, Galway moved clear again with Martin, Sean Denvir and Cummins on target to ensure a six-point lead at half-time for the Tribesmen.

Cummins wasted a good goal chance on the restart before O'Hare hit the net, after Manus Breathnach kept out his penalty eight minutes into the second half.

Galway again responded with a burst of points but four unanswered scores, from Paul Devlin, Conor Laverty, O'Hare and substitute Caolan Mooney, brought Down level.

Kevin McKernan edged the Mourne men in front, only for Paul O Conaire to equalise before Devlin flighted over a long-range free four minutes into added time.

"We were down a few times but we showed a never-say-die attitude and that's a good quality to have," said Down boss Jim McCorry.

"Paul Devlin was superb in all aspects of his play and I knew that late free was going over."

Saturday 7 March

Football League Division One

Dublin 1-9 0-12 Tyrone

Division Two

Cavan 0-14 2-13 Kildare

Meath 4-10 0-11 Westmeath

Division Three

Armagh 1-10 1-10 Fermanagh

Tipperary 2-11 1-8 Clare

Sunday 8 March

Football League Division One

Cork 3-17 2-9 Kerry

Derry 1-13 2-12 Mayo

Donegal 1-4 0-9 Monaghan

Division Two

Down 1-17 1-16 Galway

Laois 2-17 0-16 Roscommon

Division Three

Sligo 2-26 2-9 Louth

Wexford 1-16 2-12 Limerick

Division Four

Antrim 1-12 1-8 London

Offaly 2-13 1-16 Leitrim

Longford 1-12 1-10 Waterford

Carlow 0-9 0-9 Wicklow