Donegal and Meath recorded wins in the opening round of Division 2 of the Allianz Football League, while the other two games of the afternoon ended in draws.

Donegal signalled their early intent with an impressive 2-19 to 1-9 win over Laois at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.

Jimmy McGuinness's charges held Laois scoreless between the 24th and 61st minutes in a game which saw Odhran MacNiallais and Colm McFadden net the visitors' goals.

Laois led by 0-2 to 0-1 after seven and a half minutes, with Donal Kingston and Evan O'Carroll responding to an early Michael Murphy free.

Defences were pretty much on top throughout the first half, but Donegal cut through for the only goal of the opening 35 minutes, with MacNiallais handing the visitors a 1-1 to 0-2 lead.

That three-pointer handed Donegal a lead they wouldn't relinquish, with points from Ross Munnelly and John O'Loughlin keeping Laois in touch, but Donegal led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break.

McFadden's goal arrived within 90 seconds of the restart, with Murphy, Colm McFadden, MacNiallais, Paddy McBrearty and Hugh McFadden adding points to ensure a 2-14 to 0-5 lead by the 60th minute.

Laois were reduced to 14 men at this stage, following a red card for Denis Booth.

Ross Munnelly opened Laois's second half account with a pointed free in the 61st minute, and although O'Loughlin netted a goal four minutes later it was mere consolation.

There were goals galore at Páirc Tailteann in Navan, before Meath edged a 3-18 to 4-11 win over Galway.

Early goals from Michael Newman and Stephen Bray helped Meath to a 2-3 to 1-3 lead, with Sean Armstrong netting the visitors first goal.

Galway led by 2-6 to 2-4 at half-time, with Michael Martin netting their second goal.

The Tribesmen could have had a hat-trick before the break, but Martin was denied, after a penalty save by Meath goalkeeper Paddy O'Rourke.

The visitors moved 3-7 to 2-5 ahead on the restart thanks to a goal from substitute Tom Flynn, but Meath then exerted control.

Wind assisted, the Royals drew level approaching the end of the third quarter, and with a Cillian O'Sullivan goal and some excellent shooting they took control, in a game where all of their tally of 3-18 came from open play.

A 72nd minute Tony Kernan pointed free ensured Armagh earned a share of the spoils, following a 1-13 to 0-16 draw with Louth in Drogheda.

Louth stormed to a 0-10 to 0-4 interval lead, with Declan Byrne and Colm Judge among their first half scorers.

The hosts led by 0-16 to 0-8 with 15 minutes remaining, but amazingly failed to score again in this game, as Armagh hit an unanswered 1-5.

Jamie Clarke was among those central to this revival, while substitute Stefan Forker bagged the only goal in the 66th minute, to cut the gap to three points.

Oisin McKeever and Stefan Campbell cut the gap to the minimum, before Kernan's late kick ensured a share of the spoils.

Down staged a strong second half display to earn a 1-11 to 0-14 draw with Monaghan at Páirc Esler.

Monaghan led by 0-10 to 0-4 at half-time, with Jack McCarron, Thomas Kerr and Paul Finlay among the visitors scorers.

Donal O'Hare, Mark Poland and Darragh O'Hanlon tried hard to keep Down in touch, and they sparked to life in the second half.

A 40th minute goal from Conor Maginn kick-started Down's revival, and they outscored their opponents by 0-6 to 0-2 over the remainder of the game.

O'Hare claimed three of these Down points, including a late equaliser from 35 metres to ensured a share of the league points.

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