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Relegation dogfight looming for Derry

By Declan Bogue

Derry have 70 minutes to save their league campaign tomorrow on the plains of Newbridge, when they face fellow-strugglers Kildare in the Division 2A relegation battle (throw-in 2pm).

Defeat would guarantee instant relegation for the vanquished, while the winners would at least be afforded the luxury of a promotion-relegation play-off against the second-placed team in Division 2B.

At this stage that could either mean a fixture against Down or Armagh.

Armagh are the form team in Ulster at present, hammering Meath last weekend by 13 points in front of their fans at the Athletic Grounds.

They are at home again tomorrow when they face Mayo in the final league match with both sides sporting identical records, although the Orchard county have vastly superior scoring difference.

Down will have to face Meath without a number of players tomorrow at Ballycran (2pm).

John McManus and Caolan Bailie are both under suspension. Donal Hughes remains an injury doubt.

Both Tyrone and Monaghan are entertaining hopes of promotion from 3A tomorrow, the Red Hands travelling to take on Roscommon in Athleague, while Monaghan face Warwickshire at Castleblayney, both games throwing in at 2pm.

Fermanagh play their third - and final - game of Division 3B against Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon tomorrow.

Meanwhile, hapless Donegal face Wicklow in Aughrim tomorrow, having already suffered relegation to 3A next year.

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