Derry trailed at the break after a strong performance from Galway, which saw Michael Martyn add three points to the tally to make it 0-8 to 0-4.
It was Michael Meehan who scuppered Derry in the end, although his goal for the Tribesmen came early in the second half and did prompt a good response from the opposition.
Barry McGoldrick, Eoin Bradley, James Kielt and Enda Lynn all added points for Derry, but it just wasn't enough as Galway also claimed more points from Meehan and Mark Hehir.
The clash ended Galway 1-15 to Derry's 0-15.
In Division 3, Antrim narrowly won out over Cavan at Casement Park - despite Cavan making the better start and taking the lead through a Mark McKeever goal.
Although the Saffrons drew level again, a point from Cavan's David Givney meant they were back trailing at the break.
But Cavan lost keeper James Reilly to an injury, replacing him with sub Alan O'Mara, and
Antrim were soon boosted by a goal from Michael Pollock.
There was still a penalty conversion to come for the Breffni men though, courtesy of Martin Dunne, and more drama as Antrim's Seán McVeigh was dismissed with a late red card.
But Antrim still held out for the 1-14 to 2-9 win.
Fermanagh were in action against Wicklow at Aughrim and, thanks to a strong first half performance, walked away with a 10-point win.
They led 0-11 to just 0-3 by the break and any chance of a Wicklow revival in the second half was scuppered by an Erne County goal via Shane McCabe.
The locals did manage a four-point run to narrow the gap, but ultimately it was Fermanagh's day and they won out 1-16 to 0-9.
Division 2 Results
- Galway 1-15 - 0-15 Derry
- Westmeath 0-16 - 2-9 Louth
- Wexford 2-8 - 1-10 Longford
Division 3 Results
- Antrim 1-14 - 2-9 Cavan
- Wicklow 0-9 - 1-16 Fermanagh
- Monaghan 1-18 - 2-3 Meath