A disallowed goal from Conor Corvan was a major turning point in a game where both sides finished with fourteen men.
Meath look like the most likely challengers to theExiles in the division after they came out on top inPáirc Esler against fellow promotion rivals Down (2-16 to 1-18).
Stephen Clynch’s goal with five minutes remaining gave the Royals the lead and the Kilmessan forward also struck a late point to bring his total to 1-12.
Despite a late ’65 from Paul Braniff, who weighed in with 1-9, Cillian Farrell’s men held on to secure a crucial two points.
In the other game in the division a late Cathal Kelly free gave Roscommon a share of the spoils against Mayo in a Connacht derby at McHale Park.
Naos Connaughton goaled for the Rossies after 10minutes but Mayo got back on top by half time to lead by two (0-10 to 1-5).
Kenny Feeney and Cathal Kenny traded frees throughout the second half and a red card for dual player Keith Higgins gave Roscommon a critical numerical advantage in the latter stages, allowing them to draw level in injury time (Mayo 0-18 Roscommon 1-15).
Donegal are the early league leaders in Division Three after cruising to a facile win over Monaghan at Letterkenny (3-18 to 1-6). Stephen Boyle’s goal late in the first half gave the home side a six-point lead at the break and Monaghan collapsed in the second half, scoring just three times and conceding 2-11.
Fermanagh avenged last year’s Lory Meagher Cup defeat to Tyrone at Brewster Park with a 2-12 to 1-11victory, sealing the victory with a last-minute goal from substitute Michael Beggan.
Kiefer Morgan’s goal for the visitors midway through the second half brought the game to life, before Barry Smith netted to put Fermanagh back in front before making sure of the win with Beggan’s late strike.
In another derby, Louth coughed up a six point lead after 50 minutes against Fingal and were relieved to come away with a 1-12 to 0-15 draw.