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Derry are in the driving seat despite bad run of form

By Ronnie Ingram

City of Derry's 2B title hopes are still alive despite their fourth defeat in a row - although they will need to win their final two games to clinch the crown.

They still have a four-point lead over Sunday's Well but one of the Cork team's final fixtures is a Friday evening home encounter with local club Highfield, in which they are expected to pick up a bonus-point win.

Derry, who have headed the table all season, had already lost 19-16 to Armagh, 9-7 to Dungannon and 18-11 to Greystones before Saturday's 11-8 defeat to Sunday's Well.

Derry have had more than their share of injuries but missed chances meant that they only led by five points at the interval with a John Burns try. They then conceded two penalties and a try before Neil Burns kicked a penalty.

Rainey have always been languishing towards the bottom of the table but their 36-9 loss to Bective will still hurt.

Bective have now leap-frogged them with a two-point lead but the Magherafelt team have four ties remaining and a game in hand over their rivals.

Dungannon now look safe following an 8-5 victory at Greystones, while Armagh lost 22-15 at Highfield.

Malone have nothing at stake at this late stage following their 15-11 defeat at Corinthians.

Elsewhere, promotion-chasing Banbridge swamped Thomond 54-0 and ran in for eight tries in the process while, in the other game, Queen's lost to Nenagh/Ormond 38-25.

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