Roscommon will play Galway in the FBD League final after Kevin McStay and Fergal O'Donnell's side upset the Connacht champions Mayo at MacHale Park.

The Rossies led by two at the interval and held solid in the closing stages after Ciaran Murtagh and Niall Daly points helped them into a five-point lead by the 55th minute.

It was a first defeat for new Mayo manager Stephen Rochford, who used the competition to have a look at several new players, including Conor Loftus, who kicked five points for the Green and Red in this 0-13 to 0-10 defeat.

Roscommon raced into a four-point lead when Diarmuid Murtagh, Neil Collins, Fintan Cregg and Cathal Cregg all scored points from play.

Loftus kicked Mayo's first point from a free to start a three-point run of their own, with Mark Ronaldson and Keith Ruttledge also finding the target for Rochford's side.

Cathal Cregg was a late introduction for Cathal Shine before the game started and he kicked two more points for his side in the second quarter for a 0-06 to 0-03 lead after 30 minutes.

But Loftus' second free in first-half added time meant Roscommon only led by two at the interval and they held solid for the win.

Elsewhere, Eddie Hoare kicked six points as Galway produced a powerful second-half display to deny GMIT their second shock in a week and qualify for the final of the FBD League at Tuam Stadium.

Martin Shaughnessy slotted a late consolation for GMIT but that was all it was.

The slight cross-field favoured Galway in the first-half but the county side failed to make enough of an impact on the students and only led 0-06 to 0-04 at half-time. 

Galway knew they were all but qualified for the final but they pushed for the win after the break and GMIT didn’t get their next score until 18 minutes in. In the meantime Galway reeled off six in a row with Hoare again to the fore. 

He kicked two of those and Johnny Heaney put them 0-12 to 0-05 up. 

GMIT only hit one more score with Shaughnessy’s goal late on, but Galway were rampant for a 0-16 to 1-05 win.

Before the start of play in Section B, three teams were in with a shout of a shot in the final, with Niall Carew's Sligo the only team still looking for a win.

And they didn’t get off to the best start against Leitrim at Ballinamore either.

By the 27th minute they trailed their hosts by 0-05 to 0-01 after two points from Emlyn Mulligan got Shane Ward's side off to a flyer.

Niall Murphy kicked his second dead ball on the half-hour mark for Sligo, but Mark Plunkett ensured a four-point lead for Leitrim with the last score of the half.

Mulligan started the second half with a free to stretch Leitrim's lead, and once Brendan Egtan was sent off for a second yellow card, and Mulligan fired a penalty seven minutes from time there was no way back for the Yeats men.

Meanwhile, in the other Section A game, NUI Galway cruised to victory over IT Sligo at the Connacht GAA Centre.

Three first-half goals for the Galway college gave them a 3-06 to 0-02 lead at the break, and they had no trouble closing out the game to seal a convincing victory on a 4-10 to 0-06 scoreline.