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Derry hopes dive

Armagh caused a major upset in Division Three of the National Hurling League yesterday when they dented Derry’s hopes of making it into Division 2 by turning in a five-star display at Celtic Park to win by 3-11 to 1-12.

Armagh’s win hoists them away from the basement but manager Michael Johnston, the former Antrim player, is now hoping his side can build on this unexpected bonus.

In Division 3B Donegal suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Wicklow who triumphed by 3-16 to 0-9. This victory thrusts Wicklow into the promotion frame but makes Donegal chances more difficult.

But there was a bonus for two other Ulster counties in Division Four. Monaghan remain on top of the table following their fine 1-18 to 0-10 win over neighbours Cavan while South Down, having suffered three successive defeats, finally turned the corner in impressive style when they beat Fermanagh by 2-15 to 1-14.

Fermanagh had been hoping to enter the promotion frame but instead South Down’s marksmanship was such that the Ernesiders were left reeling at the end of an exciting contest which was highlighted by some splendid finishing.

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