Colm Judge of Newtown Blues. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Geraldines 1-9 Newtown Blues 1-20
Ross Nally hit 1-6 as the Newtown Blues gave themselves a lifeline in the Division One relegation battle with a comprehensive win over the Geraldines in Haggardstown on Sunday evening.
Jim McEneaney's first-half goal meant the Gers trailed by the minimum at half-time, 1-6 to 0-10.
However, the Blues took over in the second-half with Nally, Robert Carr, Ciarán Downey and Colm Judge revelling.
Glen Trainor got the game's opening point, though the Blues hit nine of the next 11 minors with points from Stephen Reidy and McEneaney all the Gers could manage in response.
The Blues led by double scores, 0-10 to 0-5, when McEneaney fired in the Gers' major to give them a boost before the break.
However, the Drogheda-men simply blew away whatever comeback aspirations Eamonn McEneaney's side harboured in the third-quarter, tagging on 1-8 with a point from McEneaney all the Gers offered in reply.
The Gers closed with two of the final three scores, both of which came from McEneaney. But they must now win their final game to maintain hopes of survival.
Geraldines: Seán McEneaney; Paul Clarke, Gareth Neacy, Kevin Pepper; Jack Traynor, Andy Lynch, Nicky Mackin; Paddy Hoey, Neil Jones; Matthew Corcoran (0-1), Stephen Reidy (0-1), Seán Thornton; Josh Arrowsmith (0-1), Jim McEneaney (1-5), Glen Trainor (0-1)
Subs: Dara Hamill, Robbie Lynch, Michael Rogers, Ryan Trainor, Killian Dempsey
Newtown Blues: Jay Lowney; Niall Costello, Fergal O'Donoghue, Johnny Connolly; Kevin Carr, Cormac Reynolds, Paul Moore; Andy McDonnell, John Kermode (0-2); Ciarán Downey (0-5), Robert Carr (0-1), Colm Judge (0-4); Hugh McGinn, Ross Nally (1-6), Conor Moore
Subs: Emmet Carolan (0-1), Ronan Levins, Lorcan McQuillan, Conor Brannigan, Derek Kierans