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Triple goal strike crucial as classy Derry stave off relegation worries

Derry enjoyed a major boost on the hurling front yesterday when they overcame Roscommon by 3-15 to 0-12 to secure their status in Division 2B for another term.

The Oak Leaf side had appeared to be flirting with relegation following back to back defeats by Meath and Wicklow but Collie McGurk's reinvigorated side played with greater intensity and resolve to compound Roscommon's own relegation fears.

Derry could not have asked for a better start than Aaron Kelly's early goal but they had to exercise considerable patience before they found the Roscommon net again.

That was in the 68th minute when Oisin McCloskey fired home and in added time Darragh Cartin rounded off a fine display by landing a third goal.

Alan Grant proved the heartbeat of the Derry side on this occasion with the experienced Ruairi Convery among those who made an impact when drafted in from the substitutes' bench.

But Down were halted in their tracks by Wicklow yesterday in Arklow where the home side won by 1-18 to 0-11. Tyrone, though, boosted their prospects of moving out of Division 3A by overcoming a tenacious Louth side at Carrickmore.

The Red Hands won in some style by by 1-22 to 2-10.

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