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Relegation looms for Derry but Down march on

By John Campbell

The agony goes on for Derry in Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League. Tom McLean's side suffered a fourth defeat yesterday at the hands of London, which looks certain to consign his men to relegation.

London held out to win by 0-16 to 0-13 and in the process bolstered their own chances of figuring in the promotion race.

Down, too, enjoyed a huge bonus when they beat Donegal by 3-22 to 0-14. Donegal have been struggling to find their rhythm and their defence had no answer to Down's scoring power.

Armagh were in fine scoring form in their handsome 0-26 to 1-10 triumph over Meath at the Athletic Grounds.

Their victory was marked by a stellar performance from the experienced Ryan Gaffney who scored 13 points from frees while Cathal Carvill (0-6) and Conor Corvan (0-2) also impressed.

Armagh still have ground to make up if they hope to gain promotion.

Tyrone, though, lost ground in Division Three which will be a bitter disappointment to Kevin Ryan, who was earlier forced to admit that several players refuse to turn out for the county.

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