Full-forward Patrick Sweeney scored 1-5 as Galway moved to the top of the Allianz Football League Division 2 table with a 2-13 to 2-12 win over Westmeath at Cusack Park.
Galway have continued seem to be continuing the momentum of their improvement last year, while Westmeath have begun the season very promisingly after a dreadful season.
Both teams are under new management and Kevin Walsh would have been happier with his side’s opening as Sweeney swooped for a goal after good work by Sean Denvir and Tom Flynn to put the visitors into an early five-point lead.
John Heslin settled Westmeath with a brace of points and Ger Egan levelled it up when goaling from a break off a Lorcan Smyth delivery.
Galway upped the tempo and a successful Shane Walsh penalty pushed them five points clear once more, only for Westmeath to come storming back. A Kieran Martin goal was the catalyst for a strong finish and the sides went in at the break on 2-6 apiece.
It was nip and tuck in the second half with Gary O’Donnell, Sweeney and Danny Cummins pointing for Galway, but David Lynch, Calum McCormack and Heslin responding. Crucially though, Galway edged two clear late on thanks to Michael Martin and Sweeney.
Even then, Westmeath almost clawed themselves back, with Heslin pointing a free and then hitting
The two teams up from Division 3 followed up their first round draw with impressive victories to maintain an unbeaten start to their second-tier campaigns.
Roscommon weren’t flattered by a four-point winning margin over Down in Newry, although the 14-man Mourne outfit did give John Evans’ charges a bit of a scare with a stirring finish. It was all in vain in the end though as the westerners prevailed by 1-15 to 1-11.
Down were at a numerical disadvantage for the last 25 minutes after Luke Howard was sent off for a second yellow-card offence. They also lost Kevin McKernan and Conor Garvey to black cards, meaning that Jim McCorry had to use his six subs long before the end.
Diarmuid Murtagh was set up for a goal by Senan Kilbride as Roscommon led by 1-9 to 0-6 at half time.
Arthur McConville scored his second goal in a week as Down reduced to the deficit to one but Roscommon showed their mettle, with Cathal Cregg hitting three points to seal the victory.
Donie Kingston score two goals in the first half but it was the superior running power of Cavan that prevailed, giving them three out of a possible four points, while consigning Laois to a second straight defeat on a 0-17 to 2-6 scoreline.
Niall McDermott scored five points as Terry Hyland’s outfit went on a seven-point run in the first half and an eight-point flourish in the second to earn a much deserved victory.
Meanwhile, Meath picked up their first win of the League programme against Kildare at Páirc Tailteann, despite going in at half time trailing by 0-7 to 0-4. Fionn Dowling, Padraig O'Neill and Darroch Mulhall put Kildare in control but Meath were the better team in the second half, despite having lost Graham Reilly to an early black card.
The experienced Stephen Bray landed a tremendous score after linking up with Donal Keogan and Andrew Tormey levelled the game with 10 minutes remaining. Michael Newman, Tormey and Adam Flanagan were on target as Meath kicked on to clinch a 0-13 to 0-11 win.