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Derry destroyed as triple dismissal takes its toll

By John Campbell

These are dark days for Derry hurling. The Oak Leaf county are rooted at the basement of the Allianz League Division 2A table and their reputation is tarnished following a triple dismissal in yesterday's humiliation at the hands of Carlow.

They may have scored the opening point but Derry lost 2-25 to 0-9 - which left manager Tom McLean devastated.

The scoreline did not tell the whole story. Paddy Kelly was the first Derry player to exit after he incurred a second yellow card and when Daragh McCloskey was given his marching orders in the 44th minute, his team faced Everest-high odds.

And when Conor McSorley was banished for a reckless pull that injured Marty Kavanagh, Derry's goose was cooked. Denis Murphy scored 1-12, the luckless Kavanagh had bagged five from play and Jack Kavanagh's late goal underpinned Carlow's scoring power.

Meanwhile, Down were beaten at Pairc Esler, Newry. Mayo won 0-20 to 0-16, inflicting a first loss of the campaign on Michael Johnston's side.

Armagh, though, beat Wicklow by 2-17 to 2-15 in Aughrim.

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