Galway beat Armagh in Sunday’s crucial relegation battle at the Athletic Grounds, but time will tell if that victory is enough to secure their place in the top tier.
The Tribesmen will need to beat league leaders Dublin next Sunday and hope that Cork can see off Armagh. With the Blues already through to the final and Cork in need of a victory to take the second spot, Galway may just get away with a miracle escape.
With Pádraic Joyce returning to the side for the first time this year, Galway looked a different team and veteran forward led the way, scoring 0-5. Armagh were far too dependent on Steven McDonnell and his nine points showed that they would be lost without his services.
Galway bossed the opening half and led 1-9 to 0-7 at the interval. Armagh led early through McDonnell (two), Mackin and Kevin Dyas but then the visitors took over. Greg Higgins and Gary Sice pointed and Cormac Bane netted a penalty after Joyce had been fouled.
The Tribesmen played with the wind advantage in the second half and despite a slow start, they gradually improved and with Joyce leading the way, they finally managed to pick up their first points of the season at the six attempt.