Derry manager Ger Rogan was left to rue his side's inability to make better use of a strong wind in the second half of their 0-14 to 0-8 defeat by Kerry in the Christy Ring Cup at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.
Trailing by 0-10 to 0-4 at the break, the Oak Leaf side had been expected to subsequently benefit from the elements but instead they were restricted to just four more points as the Kingdom held firm, inspired by the clinical finishing of Shane Nolan.
"We made things hard for ourselves. Kerry are a good team but there was a semi-final place up for grabs and maybe we could have made better use of our scoring chances," conceded Rogan.
His young side found Kerry's close marking, clever support play and resilient defending too much in the end.
"We have to face a quarter-final tie now and we are going to have to do things the hard way.
"Still, this is essentially a young side and they will become better players because of their involvement in games such as this," added former Antrim player Rogan.
Paddy Henry landed four of Derry's points with Brendan Rodgers snapping up two and Conor McSorley and Kevin Hinphey chipping in with one each.
In the Nickey Rackard Cup, Tyrone turned in a power-packed performance to see off Monaghan by 2-19 to 1-10.
The Red Hands were on top for the most part with Conor Grugan landing both goals and contributing a brace of points while Damien Casey helped himself to eight points from frees and play.
"The team showed a strong work ethic and converted most of their chances," observed Tyrone PRO Eunan Lindsay.
Fermanagh, meanwhile, managed to finish on level terms with Warwickshire in the Lory Meagher Cup at Brewster Park, Enniskillen even though they had Danny Teague sent off.
The sides were level on five occasions in the second half with Warwickshire's Sean Hennessy scoring the only goal of the game.
Fermanagh, though, never lost their shape nor their spirit and with Ryan Bogue in sparkling form – he landed seven points in all – they made light of their numerical disadvantage to finish all-square, 0-15 to 1-12.