Cavan have earned promotion and a league final place with a 1-16 to 1-12 win over Galway at Kingspan/Breffni Park.
After a tentative opening quarter, Cavan turned on the burners in the second quarter to forge a 1-8 to 1-5 cushioned lead at the interval.
Inspired by man-of-the-match Gearoid McKiernan, Cavan notched six unanswered points after Gary Sice’s free (15) had edged Galway into a 1-5 to 1-2 lead.
In front of Cavan’s biggest NFL crowd for many years, Galway failed dismally to build on the leg-up offered by Patrick Sweeney’s 12th-minute goal.
The Connacht men did have a gilt-edged late chance to make a fight of it but Cavan corner-back Jason McLoughlin stuck out a leg to deflect Damien Comer’s effort wide.
Meanwhile, Meath preserved their Division 2 status with a 1-9 to 0-8 win over Laois at O'Moore Park today, relegating the home side to the third tier.
Four minutes in Laois had a goal, as Donie Kingston's shot was saved by Conor McHugh, but the in-rushing Niall Donoher pounced on the ball and fired to an empty net. Meath could barely get out of their own half and Laois stretched the gap to 1-4 to no score.
But Donnacha Tobin put Meath on their way and Meath rattled off a total of seven points without reply to draw level 1-6 to 0-9 at the interval.
Laois's Evan O'Carroll picked up a second yellow card, and Meath made their extra man count from there to the end, scoring the last eight points of the game.
Armagh v Derry
Armagh went down on scoring difference despite beating Derry 1-18 to 0-15.
Armagh effectively won the game by scoring an unanswered 1-5 in 15 minutes before the break to open up a 1-12 to 0-7 interval lead. Ethan Rafferty hit three of his seven frees during that spell while Rory Grugan also nailed two from play, with Miceal McKenna grabbing the goal in stoppage time.
When Colm Watters scored in the 45th minute, he completed the set with all six Armagh starting forwards scoring from play.
The second half failed to live up to the heights of the first, but Derry did close the gap to three points with Armagh missing a lot of chances.
Knowing scoring difference could be crucial, Armagh kept pressing and hit four of the last five points but it wasn't enough.