Black-card blizzard hits Down
DERRY 1-11 DOWN 1-10
Three Down players were shown the black card in the second half as an injury-time '45' from Aaron Kerrigan snatched victory for Derry.
Down manager James McCartan had no complaints with any of referee Padraig Hughes' decisions to issue Kalum King (45 minutes), Conleth O'Hare (58) and Danny Savage (68) with black-card dismissals. Another Down player, Gary McArdle, was also sent off for two yellow-card offences in the 54th minute.
"Kalum King's was for a third-man tackle, and the No 11 (O'Hare) was the same," Hughes confirmed. "Danny Savage's was for pulling a man down."
Derry led by 1-9 to 0-3 at half-time, Kerrigan scoring the goal in the eighth minute. Down drew level at 1-10 apiece, O'Hare scoring their goal, but Kerrigan converted a brilliant '45' into the teeth of the wind with the last kick of the game.
Scorers – Derry: A Kerrigan 1-2 (0-1 '45'), C O'Boyle (2fs), J Kielt (1f) 0-4 each, C Conway 0-1. Down: C Harrison 0-4 (2fs), C O'Hare 1-1, L Devlin, K King, C Maginn, N Madine, D Savage 0-1 each
DERRY –T Mallon; D Brown, M Craig, M McShane; C Kielt, C McAtamney, C Conway; P radley, P Cassidy; C McFaul, J Kielt, E Lynn; A O'Neill, C O'Boyle, A Kerrigan. Subs: O Duffy for Craig (18), K McKaigue for McShane (h-t), E Bradley for Cassidy (56), M Lynch for Atamney (56), K Johnston for Conway (56).
DOWN – S Harrison; E Costello, L Devlin, S McNamee; C Garvey, A Carr, M Lively; G McArdle, K King; P Fitzpatrick, C O'Hare, C Maginn; S Bell, N Madine, C Harrison. Subs: B McArdle for King (45), D Savage for Bell (47), L Doyle for O'Hare (58), D Turley for Garvey (61), D McCartan for P Fitzpatrick (64), S Bell for Savage (68).
REF – P Hughes (Armagh)