Tempo 1-08 Belnaleck 0-08

Tempo secured the Division Two title and in doing so promotion back to Division One at the first attempt as they overcame Belnaleck in Brewster Park on Friday night.

A flying start laid the foundation for John McElroy's charges as they raced into a 1-02 to 0-00 lead after only five minutes and the Art McMurroughs were never able to claw back the deficit over the course of the contest.

By the break, the Maguires led by four, 1-06 to 0-05, and although they struggled in the second half Belnaleck failed to sufficiently eat into their lead.

Colm Bradley's side did look to have the momentum in their favour when they registered the opening two points of the second half while Tempo were reduced to 14 men when Tiernan Bogue was red carded seven minutes into the second period.

A Kane Connor point then cut the gap to the minimum but Tempo finished the better of the sides and Lorcan McStravick rattled over a fine point, his side's first in the half in the 60th minute, before Aidsn Breen made sure of the victory when he converted a 45 deep in added on time.

The Maguire could not have asked for a better start to the game as they came flying out of the blocks. McStravick, who was a lively presence in the early stages, opened the scoring inside 20 seconds before full back Rory McCaffrey strode forward to double their lead.

And with five minutes on the clock they were to bag what was to prove to be the decisive score of the encounter as Tiernan Bogue raced in from the left before driving a shot beyond Ryan McNulty in the Belnaleck goal to make it 1-02 to 0-00.

Belnaleck replied with their first score of the game as Bryan Owens registered a good score from distance but McStravick answered with a terrific effort from the left to restore the five point advantage.

The sides went on to trade the next six points with Darragh McBrien skipping across the pitch before firing over for Belnaleck while Darragh McGurn rattled over two frees for the Art McMurroughs but Tempo remained in control as McStravick landed two frees and PJ Rodgers also chipped in with a point after being found in space by Damian Kelly.

It was Belnaleck though who had the last say of the half as Che Cullen burst forward to score to leave it 1-06 to 0-05 at the break.

And the gap was back to three within the opening minute of the second half as Owens tagged on his second point of the game while they also had a glimmer of a goal chance when McGurn slipped in Conor McAuley but he spilled possession when well placed.

It did appear though that the contest was starting to swing in Belnaleck's favour when Bogue was red carded after a clash on the sideline although wides from McAuley and Che Cullen from good positions meant that Tempo remained three points ahead.

McAuley did get on the scoresheet when he palmed over from a McGurn attempt that dropped short to leave it a two point game but Belnaleck failed to push on after this.

However, a Connor point after a good work by McGurn did leave one between them but Tempo began to come more into it as the half drew to a close and it was they who were to push on for the victory late on.

McStravick brought his haul to five points with a super score before Breen wrapped it up at the death with a well struck 45.

Tempo then return to Division One while for Belanleck, they now face Belcoo this Friday to see who joins the Maguires in the top flight next season.