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Dublin: 9°C Saturday 15 May 2021

Derry's Division 1 place is hanging by a thread as Down go top of Division 2

Monaghan made it three wins in the league as they beat Derry by five points in Clones.

Four defeats and a draw for Derry boss Brian McIver (file photo).
Four defeats and a draw for Derry boss Brian McIver (file photo).
Image: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

WINLESS DERRY ARE on the brink of Division 1 relegation after they were beaten by Monaghan.

Brian McIver’s side have managed just one point from five games and remain rooted to the foot of the table following an 0-15 to 0-10 defeat in Clones.

Conor McManus scored 0-6 and Dessie Mone added 0-4 for the hosts who moved up to third with their third win.

Their semi-final ambitions are very much alive ahead of a trip to face All-Ireland champions Kerry in a fortnight’s time.

Captain Mark Lynch finished with four frees for Derry, who had a goal disallowed with 10 minutes remaining for a square ball.

They face a trip to Croke Park on 28 March knowing that defeat against Dublin would seal their fate.

Meanwhile, Down cemented their promotion push with a 13-point win against Westmeath in Mullingar.

Arthur McConville and Donal O’Hare scored a goal apiece in the space of two second-half minutes to help the Ulster men to a 2-17 to 0-10 win.

They move three points clear at the top of Division 2 though Meath and Roscommon — who meet in Dr Hyde Park next Sunday — have both played a game less.

– First published 17.48, 15 March

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