Down ended up on the wrong side of a 5-22 to 0-6 hammering as they travelled to play Clare at Cusack Park.
The Ulstermen had Kevin |McGarry sent off after a second yellow card inside the opening quarter and things went from bad to worse for the visitors. Colin Morey and Colin Ryan scored Clare’s goals as the hosts led 2-12 to 0-2 at half-time.
Within 30 seconds of the restart Down were reduced to 13 when Aidan Clarke was sent off and the home side continued to dominate. They fired in another three goals for a result that leaves Down in relegation trouble in Division Two with only one win to date.
Paddy McCloskey goaled for Derry, but they lost by the minimum margin, 2-15 to 1-17, against Wicklow in Aughrim in Division 3A, while in the same division Armagh returned home empty handed from their trip to Navan as Meath triumphed 1-20 to 1-17.
There was no joy for Ulster sides in Division 3B either as Donegal and Monaghan lost out to Fingal and Sligo respectively.
In Division Four, South Down were in fine form as they crushed Leitrim 6-11 to 0-11 at home, while the Ulster derby between Tyrone and Fermanagh finished all square, 1-10 to 3-4, at Strabane.