Cork 1-10 Down 0-13: Down make their point with late show
A spirited late showing from Down preserved their Allianz Division Two status as a point against Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn was enough to see them edge out Derry on scoring difference.
When Cork moved 1-10 to 0-10 in front after Paul Kerrigan's point in the 60th minute, a second successive relegation appeared to be the Mourne Men's fate, but points from brothers Ryan and Jerome Johnston, one and two respectively, were enough for survival.
"Cork got a goal and gave themselves a bit of breathing space," said Down manager Eamonn Burns. "But we talked at half-time about battling it out and I have to say that we couldn't have asked any more of the team."
With Colm O'Neill on form, Cork led by 0-6 to 0-3 after 18 minutes and though Ryan Johnston replied to that, Ruairí Deane then had a nice Cork goal from Paul Kerrigan's pass.
Down goalkeeper Michael Cunningham had the last score of the half from a free, and they were within a point within 10 minutes of the restart, but Cork looked to have made the game safe again with three of their own.
They were reined in, however, and in many ways it was symptomatic of their league as a whole.
"It was a frustrating league, to be honest, like our second half today," said the Rebels' manager Peadar Healy.
"We should have done better and got consistent performances. We should have won that one again today, we should have beaten Meath and we should have beaten Galway - that would have been three extra points."
Cork: C O'Neill 0-6 (4f), R Deane 1-1, P Kerrigan 0-2, J O'Rourke 0-1.
Down: J Johnston 0-5 (4f, 1 45), R Johnston, C Mooney 0-2 each, D O'Hanlon (free), S Millar, B O'Hagan, M Cunningham (free) 0-1 each.