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Fourth loss puts Meath on the brink

FOUR straight defeats have left MEATH staring relegation to Division Three in the face, and only victory over neighbours Louth next weekend will make sure of survival.

Despite having nothing to play for, after already securing promotion, TYRONE stretched their winning run to six games at Healy Park, thanks to this 1-12 to 0-5 victory.

Meath offered little more than token resistance as they crashed to a 10-point defeat on Saturday.

Royals boss Seamus McEnaney opted not to speak to the media following this latest reversal, but selector Tom Keague insisted that the management and players will face up to the crisis.

"We're the only ones who can dig ourselves out of this now," said Keague. "Two weeks ago, we were looking towards promotion and now we have to win this game to avoid relegation."

A stoppage-time point by Louth's Darren Clarke secured a 0-19 to 1-16 draw for the Wee men at Celtic Park and left Derry still not sure of safety as well as keeping the away side's survival hopes alive.

After six unanswered points in the second half, four of them from the boot of Paddy Bradley, John Brennan's Derry looked set for a valuable victory.

Injury-time points by Brian White and top scorer Clarke, who finished with a goal and seven, levelled the game.

MONAGHAN failed to ease their relegation worries as they suffered a 1-14 to 0-12 loss to GALWAY at neutral Pearse Park in front of a paltry crowd of 578.

Full-forward Paul Conroy led the line superbly for the Tribesmen, who netted a late goal through substitute Danny Cummins.

Monaghan had looked likely winners in the first half as Paul Finlay, Chris McGuinness, Darren Hughes and Dick Clerkin helped them lead 0-8 to 0-6.

But Galway's introduction of the ever-green Pádraic Joyce proved instrumental.