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Derry's fate is out of their hands even with victory

Two Ulster teams stand on the cusp of Allianz Hurling League Divisional finals - but their destiny is not necessarily in their own hands.

Derry could yet emerge as a strong force in Division 2A should they overcome Wicklow at Owenbeg tomorrow while Down will bolster their chances of reaching the Division 2B decider should they get the better of Meath at Pairc Esler, Newry.

With five points out of a possible eight to date, Derry are still very much in contention for promotion but much will depend on how Carlow and Westmeath fare tomorrow.

"Even if we win tomorrow, it's out of our hands," explains Oak Leaf boss Tom McLean, "We will have to wait to see how the other results work out."

Ruairi Convery, Paddy Henry and Alan Grant are expected to be key players for Derry again tomorrow and although Wicklow are floundering at the base of the table, manager McLean is certainly taking nothing for granted on what could prove a definitive day in a hurling context.

Armagh are still in with a slight chance of making significant headway in Division 2B but must beat Mayo tomorrow if they are to have any chance of being in the mix for a place in the final.

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