Man of the match
Conor Laverty (Down)
Derry's Eoin Bradley was responsible for some of the game's most sublime moments but Conor Laverty orchestrated 14-man Down's second-half comeback superbly when he dropped deep.
No goals and no goal chances again in another tight Ulster Championship match. The defence on both sides was so well-organised but are attacking standards slipping too?
Eoin Bradley's 41st-minute point, as he used power and pace to drive by two Down defenders, stood out and justified his nickname 'Skinner'.
Like most southern referees, Eddie Kinsella took time to find his feet but got to the rhythm for much of the second half.
wides Derry 7 (4 in the first half) Down 12 (5)
Derry 25 (15 in the first half) Down 18 (8)
Down 1 (Darren O'Hagan 71)
Derry 3 (Dermot McBride 23, Danny Heavron 57, Niall Holly 57) Down 5 (Donal O'Hare 23, Luke Howard 31, Peter Fitzpatrick 50, Caolan Mooney 57, Mark Poland 57) Red cards Down 1 (Conaill McGovern 36)
Derry meet the winners of Armagh and Donegal in an Ulster semi-final on Saturday, June 27, Down are into first-round qualifier action on the same day.