Derry's collapse complete as promotion hopes evaporate
City of Derry's last chance of attaining 2A status was swept away when Sunday's Well won the promotion play-off semi-final 21-10 at Judge's Road.
It had looked rosy for Derry back in January - having lost just once, they had led by 16 points, needing 10 points from their remaining seven games.
They only managed one more victory, however, and Highfield claimed the promotion spot on points differential by scoring three converted tries in the last six minutes against Bective.
Derry were 18-3 down against Well at the interval but had the better of the second period. They dominated possession but made too many errors and had difficulty breaking down the defence.
Rainey, meanwhile, will be playing 2C rugby next season after they lost 28-24 to Wanderers in a play-off. It was the conclusion to a disappointing campaign in which they suffered their fair share of injuries.
Their last win in the competition was at the beginning of February, a 21-10 victory over Armagh. They lost their next six games, including 20-15 against the also relegated Seapoint.