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O'Hanlon leads Mourne blitz to shred Oak Leafers

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Derry's Emmett McGuckin is surrounded by Down players Brendan McArdle, Ryan McAleenan, Aidan Carr and Niall Donnelly Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Derry's Emmett McGuckin is surrounded by Down players Brendan McArdle, Ryan McAleenan, Aidan Carr and Niall Donnelly Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Derry's Emmett McGuckin is surrounded by Down players Brendan McArdle, Ryan McAleenan, Aidan Carr and Niall Donnelly Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

The death of Down football has been greatly exaggerated. The Mourne men backed up last week's impressive win over Meath win an even more emphatic victory at Celtic Park.

Eamon Burns' side were full value for their eight-point win over a disappointing home side.

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Derry's James Kielt in dispute with Darren O'Hagan of Down Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Derry's James Kielt in dispute with Darren O'Hagan of Down Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Down's forwards enjoyed a field day, with Darragh O'Hanlon, Ryan Johnston and Barry O'Hagan all on song.

Down blitzed Derry early on, surging into a 1-10 to no score lead.

Johnston's goal on 20 minutes typified everything that was good about Down.

An early ball fizzed into the livewire Barry O'Hagan; he fed the on-running Johnston, who ran on and drilled the ball past Thomas Mallon.

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Derry Manager Damian Barton Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Derry Manager Damian Barton Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Derry flickered brightly just before half-time with Emmett McGuckin bagging a goal, but Down were home and hosed at 1-11 to 1-3 up at the break.

Two O'Hanlon frees extended the Down lead soon after the restart as the men in black and red bolted the door on their opponents.

Down's sizeable lead was always enough to ward off any thoughts Derry may have harboured for a fightback in the second half, as the Mourne men ran out comfortable winners.

They face Kildare next with promotion very much now in their sights.

Scorers- Down: D O'Hanlon 0-6 (1f), R Johnston 1-1, B O'Hagan, C Mooney 0-3 each, J Murphy, C Maginn 0-1 each. Derry: E McGuckin 1-2, C McAtamney 0-2, B Heron, M Craig, J Kielt (f) 0-1 each.

Down - M Cunningham 7; R McAleenan 7, G McGovern 7, D O'Hagan 8; D O'Hanlon 9, B McArdle 8, C Mooney 8; A Carr 8, P Turley 7; K McKernan 9, C Maginn 8, J Murphy 7; S Millar 7, B O'Hagan 9, R Johnston 9. Subs: N Donnelly 6 for McGovern (h-t), J Johnston 6 for O'Hagan (65), A Davidson 6 for Johnston, P Devlin 6 for Murphy, M Poland 5 for Millar (70), C Magee 6 for Maginn (70).

Derry - T Mallon 6; N Keenan 6, C Nevin 5, C McGrogan 5; N Forester 6, O Duffin 5, M McEvoy 5; J Kielt 6, C McAtamney 8; E Lynn 8, E McGuckin 8, C McWilliams 7; R Bell 6, N Loughlin 6, B Heron 6. Subs: B Grant 5 for Bell (39), M Craig 7 for Duffin (49), G O'Neill 5 for Nevin (55), C Mullan 6 for McCrogan (63)

Ref - P Neilan (Roscommon)

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