Two second-half Shane McGuigan goals propelled Derry to a 2-16 to 1-12 victory over Leitrim at Celtic Park.
This was a dress rehearsal for the Division Four final as both sides had secured promotion with two rounds of games to go, and it was the Oak Leaf County who maintained their 100% record as Terry Hyland’s charges were beaten for the first time this Spring.
McGuigan netted in the 49th and 65th minutes for the home side, who led by the minimum margin at the break, 0-8 to 0-7.
In the early afternoon throw-in at McGovern Park, Waterford defeated London by eight points, 2-9 to 0-7 – Na Deise’s third win of the campaign. The Exiles notched three of the first four points but Conor Murray’s goal at the end of a flowing move handed the visitors a 1-1 to 0-3 interval advantage and Murray grabbed his second major 15 minutes from the end.
At Corrigan Park, Matthew Fitzpatrick’s brace of second-half goals helped Antrim claim a morale-boosting 2-15 to 0-10 victory over Wicklow – their second win of the year. Fitzpatrick’s 39th-minute major made it 1-8 to 0-6 and the impressive midfield man pounced for the second time two minutes from the end, the Garden County having been just a point adrift at the interval, 0-7 to 0-6.
It was closer at Wexford Park, where Wexford also claimed their third victory by virtue of a battling 0-14 to 1-10 defeat of Limerick. Jonathan Bealin registered five points for the winners, while Conor Devitt and Eoghan Nolan landed seven between them.
Devitt’s fourth point left six points between the teams with 14 minutes to go but the Treaty County rallied with 1-2 to set up a nervy finale, Sean McSweeney scoring the game’s only goal eight minutes from the end.
Derry - D McKinless; C McCluskey, B Rogers, S F Quinn; E Concannon, C McKaigue, N Keenan (0-1); M McEvoy (0-1), C McAtamney (0-2); P Coney, C Bradley (0-6, 4f), C Doherty (0-1); J Rocks, S McGuigan (2-5, 0-1f), E Lynn. Subs: K McKaigue for E Concannon, P Cassidy for P Coney, P McGrogan for J Rocks, D Hughes for E Lynn.
Leitrim - C McCrann; A Flynn, F McTague (0-1), C Reynolds; O Madden, M Plunkett, J Rooney; S Moran (0-2), D McGovern (0-1); S Quinn, E Mulligan (0-2), E Ward; C McGloin (0-1), P Dolan, D Rooney (0-3f). Subs: G Plunkett (1-0) for E Ward, S McWeeney for F McTague, N McWeeney for A Flynn, D Flynn (0-2) for D McGovern, C Cullen for C McGloin.
Referee - P Maguire.
Wexford - M Doyle; M Furlong, M O’Neill, G Sheehan; G Malone, B Malone, C Carty; D Waters, N Hughes (0-1); B Brosnan, J Bealin (0-5, 3f), C Devitt (0-4); B O’Connor, E Nolan (0-3, 2'45), K O’Grady (0-1). Subs: E Porter for C Carty, T Rossiter for N Hughes.
Limerick - D O’Sullivan; S O’Dea, L Murphy, P Maher; B Fanning, I Corbett (0-2), J Liston; D Treacy, T Childs; S Keeley, J Lee (0-2, 1f), M Fitzgibbon; P Nash (0-3, 2f), P Begley, C Fahy (0-1). Subs: S O’Carroll (0-1) for M Fitzgibbon, A Kerins for T Childs, T McCarthy for J Liston, S McSweeney (1-1, 0-1f) for P Begley, A Enright for S Keeley.
Referee - D Murnane.