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Derry down after Kildare loss

By Declan Bogue

Derry have tumbled through the relegation trapdoor of Division 2A, and will play in the 2B league next year after defeat to Kildare on a scoreline of 2-18 to 1-16 in Newbridge.

At half-time they had trailed by a goal, 1-9 to 2-9 and had narrowed the gap to a single point, but Tom McLean's men could not do enough to put themselves in the position of making the safety net of the promotion-relegation play-off, and instead drop down automatically.

Armagh's rich vein of form continued at home to Mayo - Declan Coulter's goal sending them on the way to a well-earned win, 1-17 to 1-10.

The Orchard county will be meeting Down in the final of Division 2B. At Ballycran, the Ardsmen recorded a 2-17 to 1-13 win over Meath to make it a derby in the divisional final.

Ahead by a single point at half-time, 2-7 to 1-9, Down just required a win, whereas Meath needed a three point win to leapfrog them in the table. Mickey Johnston's men were able for the pressure, Conor Mageann and Rian Brannigan provided the goals.

Tyrone fell to Roscommon 4-13 to 1-14 in Athleague, cutting them out of the promotion race. Kevin Ryan's men now turn their attentions to the Nicky Rackard Cup. But Monaghan will contest the Division 3A final against Roscommon after their 2-13 to 2-6 win over Warwickshire, the game moved to Clones from Castleblayney on Saturday.

Fermanagh will be in the Division 3 final against Longford after they defeated Leitrim 2-16 to 1-11 in Carrick-on-Shannon, their goals coming from Conor McShea and Sean Corrigan, two sons of long-serving former players.

Donegal fell to their final defeat of the league, Wicklow comfortably beating them 2-27 to 0-17.

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