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Until yesterday, the possibility of Ulster being represented in all four divisional finals of the National Football League loomed on the horizon.

But it's all rather different today. While Derry gear up to face Kerry in next Sunday's final proper, Down were denied a place in the Division Two decider when they lost to already-promoted Fermanagh at Newry.

And there was a big shock for ebullient Monaghan who found that Westmeath carried too many aces when they won by 1-10 to 0-11 at Clones to clinch their place in the top bracket next term.

If Monaghan got a rude awakening, then Antrim were left devastated after losing at home to Waterford and thus surrendering a place in Division Three next year.

Jody Gormley's side had looked capable of making the step-up but, instead, they slumped in front of their own fans at Casement Park allowing Waterford, youthful and vibrant, to escape with the two points - a win that ultimately played no small part in Tipperary gaining promotion.

With Offaly having already booked their place in Division Three, Tipperary maintained their momentum by beating fancied Wicklow by 0-10 to 0-8 having overcome Antrim last week.

Back to back defeats are not what the Saffrons had in mind as part of their build-up for the Ulster Championship in which they will meet Cavan at Casment Park on May 18.

Their only consolation - if you could call it that - from yesterday's activity is the fact that Roscommon beat Cavan, both sides having already been relegated from Division Two.

In a heated confrontation at Parnell Park, Dublin beat Meath by 0-13 to 2-6 to send out a warning in advance of the Leinster Championship.

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