O’Neill and Kerrigan push Derry closer to the drop

Thursday, 30 March 2017

O’Neill and Kerrigan push Derry closer to the drop thumbnailDerry’s Benny Herron at the final whistle.

Derry................2-10 Cork..............0-20

THE sun shone brightly at Celtic Park but the result cast a cloud over Derry's future in Division Two. Despite having just three points from a possible 12, all is not entirely lost for Derry. Should they beat Fermanagh away next Sunday and Down lose away to Cork, then the Derry team would still survive in Division Two. The twist in the tail is that the only game Derry have won so far has been against Kildare who are promoted with just that one defeat and that was at Celtic Park.
As it stands, Derry are bottom on three points with both Down and Fermanagh on four. If it ends in score difference, then Derry will be in deep trouble having conceded a shocking 11-90, an average of over 20 points per game. In contrast, Fermanagh have conceded 10-76 and Down 9-72.
On Sunday, Fermanagh suffered a heavy defeat at Meath and Down lost by eight points at home to promotion chasing Galway. In scoring terms, Derry have hit more than any other of their relegation haunted rivals but it is obvious that Derry's problems lie in defence.



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