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Jim McCorry's position as Down boss on the line

By John Campbell

After Brian McIver's resignation at Derry, the Championship managerial fall-out could be further highlighted tonight when the Down board meet to consider the position of Jim McCorry, who has been under considerable fire since his side were banished from the qualifiers by Wexford.

McCorry took Down into Division One of the Allianz League earlier in the year but his perceived lack of Championship ambition has inculcated disappointment and frustration within a county which has not tasted meaningful success for over two decades.

Kerry, meanwhile, retained the Munster Senior Football title when they beat Cork by 1-11 to 1-6 in a fractious final replay at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

Paul Geaney netted Kerry's goal in response to a similar score for Cork by Paul Kerrigan but Bryan Sheehan's five first-half points and the authority of Anthony Maher and David Moran in midfield proved decisive.

Mayo romped to their fifth Connacht title on the trot by overwhelming Sligo. The reigning champions led by 4-8 to 1-6 at the interval and emphasised the vast gulf between the sides in the second half.

They clinched victory by an astronomical 6-24 to 2-11 with Aidan O'Shea grabbing three of their goals, the others coming from Seamus O'Shea, Cillian O'Connor and Lee Keegan. Brendan Egan and Pat Hughes netted for Sligo.

The Derry board will not rush to appoint a successor to McIver, who stepped down after the team's loss to Galway in the qualifiers at the weekend.

Liam Bradley, Damien Barton and Martin McKinless are among the names being mentioned but Derry chiefs will be patient.

The defeat to Galway came as a blow to a county that has not won the Ulster title since 1998 and which has been unable to make significant progress in the qualifiers since the inception of the format 14 years ago.

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