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Armagh drop down a division as Carlow face Saffrons in final

By Declan Bogue

Armagh's 4-24 to 0-11 defeat to Carlow in Division 2A of the Allianz League, leaves them relegated to Division 2B in 2018.

Sylvester McConnell's men needed to avoid a heavy beating against the Barrowsiders while hoping that London would be subject to a hiding from Kildare. In the end, London's defeat by four points has kept them in this division. Meanwhile, it will be Carlow who face Antrim in the league decider this coming weekend.

The all-Ulster clash in Division 2B brought a home win for Marty Mallon's Ardsmen, playing in Portaferry as Down ran up a 2-22 to 1-15 win over Collie McGurk's Derry.

With the Oakleafers already safe after an earlier league win over Roscommon, there was nothing great at stake in any case as both sides ramp up their preparations for the Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups respectively.

Tyrone got the better of neighbours Monaghan in the Division 3B clash played at the Oriel county's Cloghan training base. The final scoreline was 3-15 to 1-14 with Mattie Lennon getting the better of his former player Trevor Hilliard.

Having beaten Donegal in Carrickmore in midweek, Tyrone have sneaked into a league final against the same Donegal team, who beat Louth in Darver, 3-24 to 1-17.

In the final game concerning Ulster sides, Fermanagh fell to Leitrim 1-14 to 4-11. There will be more Ulster interest of sorts to come in this division as former Loughgiel and Antrim hurler Liam Watson has been lining out with Warwickshire during the league.

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