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Down reach the summit after revival against Galway

Down 1-17 Galway 1-16

By Gareth McCullough

Down came back from six points behind to register their first home win in this year's National League and go top of Division Two on their own with a stunning last-gasp win over Galway in Newry.

Paul Devlin swung over a free from 45 metres with the last kick of the game to cap a battling second-half display that puts Jim McCorry's men two points clear.

A win hadn't looked likely for the hosts as Kevin Walsh's men ran riot in the first half and Down struggled. Patrick Sweeney's fifth-minute goal gave the Tribesmen the advantage when he lashed past Down keeper Stephen Kane. Michael Martin hit six points for the visitors as they held a 1-10 to 0-7 lead and, only for the brilliance of Kane, they could have been out of sight.

However, Down rallied and despite Donal O'Hare finding the net with the rebound from his own penalty that had been saved, they still had to come back from being 1-14 to 1-9 down after 53 minutes.

An O'Hare free, a point from Caolan Mooney and a magnificent effort from 50 metres looked to have won it for the Mournemen only for Paul Conroy to level.

There was still time for Devlin to convert from a dead ball with the final action to make it three wins from four for Down in their quest to return to the top division.

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