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Dublin: 2 °C Saturday 23 February, 2019

Eoin McHugh the hero as his last-gasp point edges Donegal past Roscommon

Elsewhere, Monaghan and Cavan played out a draw in a tight Ulster derby.

Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

EOIN MCHUGH ENSURED Donegal made the trip home with their first league points of the season when he nailed the winning score in injury-time.

Conor Devanney’s superb 66th minute goal drew Roscommon level in an enjoyable affair at the reopened Dr Hyde Park, before McHugh’s late intervention sealed the 0-16 to 2-9 win.

Ciaran Murtagh’s first-half goal left the Rossies leading a tight game by 1-7 to 0-7 at half-time.

Niall McInerney pulled off a stunning last ditch block to deny Ciaran Thompson a goal on 44 minutes and at the far end Rory Gallagher’s men defended stoutly.

Donegal only conceded two points in the second-half as Martin O’Reilly’s fine display set Donegal on the way to victory.

In the other game in the top flight, Monaghan and Cavan finished level on 0-7 apiece in an intense Ulster derby at St. Mary’s Park in Castleblayney.

The action wasn’t easy on the eye in a low-scoring affair, with the free-taking of Conor McManus and Seanie Johnston proving critical for either side.

Cavan lost influential defender Conor Moynagh to injury in the first-half but they were level at 0-3 to 0-3 by the interval with Ciaran Brady among the scorers.

Monaghan outscored the Breffni boys by four points to two in the third quarter, but Cavan fought back and Gearoid McKiernan’s booming score left them level with 12 minutes to play.

Both defences held firm in the closing stages to seal a share of the spoils.

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Division 1 results

  • Monaghan 0-7 Cavan 0-7
  • Roscommon 2-9 Donegal 0-16

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