Roscommon beat Meath to boost promotion hopes as Laois come back to defeat Galway

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Senan Kilbride hit the net for Roscommon today.
Senan Kilbride hit the net for Roscommon today.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

ROSCOMMON’S PROMOTION HOPES got a huge boost in Division 2 of the Allianz football league today as they saw off Meath at Dr Hyde Park.

Elsewhere it was a good day for the Laois footballers as well as they eased their relegation fears by producing a brilliant second-half fight back to defeat Galway in Tuam Stadium.

Both todays games were re-arranged fixtures after they were postponed earlier this month due to snow. There was no weather problems today with Roscommon triumphing at home by 2-10 to 0-14 against Meath while Laois ran out 2-10 to 0-10 victors over Galway.

Roscommon went second in Division 2 with today’s win thanks to goals from Senan Kilbride and Cathal Cregg. At the break, Roscommon trailed by 0-6 to 0-5 but the two green flags they raised in the second-half were crucial.

Cregg struck 1-1 overall while Diarmuid Murtagh (0-4) and sub Donie Shine (0-2) also made vital scoring contributions for Roscommon. Mickey Newman top scored for Meath with 0-7 while the Royals also welcomed Kevin Reilly and Conor Gillespie back to action.

Laois came back from six points down at half-time to defeat Galway. They trailed 0-10 to 1-1 at the break with Peadar O Gríofa (0-4) and Shane Walsh (0-3) leading the way for the Tribesmen.

But Galway failed to score in the second-half and finished with 14 men when Damien Comer was dismissed. Done Kingston, who hit 1-5 overall, scored the first-half goal for Laois while Tom Shiels struck the vital second-half goal for the Leinster side.

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