Football League Division 1: Dublin 0-8 0-4 Derry

Dublin's Tomas Brady is challenged by Derry's Oisin Duffy
Derry suffered their fifth defeat in six Division 1 contests

Derry's expected relegation from Division 1 of the Football League was confirmed as Dublin hit four late scores to win a turgid Croke Park contest 0-8 to 0-4.

The Oak Leafers led 0-3 to 0-2 at half-time with Dublin's second point not coming until a minute into injury-time.

Cormac Costello's introduction improved the Dublin attack but Derry were still level midway through the second half.

However, two Dean Rock points helped Dublin pull clear late in the game.

The game's first score didn't come until Michael Darragh Macauley kicked an 11th-minute point with Mark Lynch responding for Derry within a minute.

Derry did create a goal chance two minutes later with Stephen Cluxton saving a Benny Heron effort although the Oak Leaf forward was able to pop over the resultant 45.

As Derry's defensive formation continued to frustrate the Dubs, James Kielt was able to tag on another point for the visitors and Dublin's second score didn't come until the 36th minute of action as Connolly found his range.

Scores were not much easier to come by in the second half as the sides served up a contest rather reminiscent of Dublin's low-scoring All-Ireland semi-final against Donegal in 2011.

However, half-time sub Costello did make his presence felt with a levelling point following a Hawkeye adjudication before a Rock free nudged the Dubs ahead.

After the introduction of Fergal Doherty, Ciaran McFaul, Terence O'Brien and Daniel McKinless, the latter helped Enda Lynn level the game game.

However, Dublin finally began to escape Derry's shackles to a degree in the closing stages as Rock tagged on two more points and Connolly and Paddy Andrews were also on target.

Dublin's win keeps them in contention for a semi-finals place as they moved to seven points ahead of their concluding Division 1 contest against Monaghan at Clones next Sunday.

For Derry, the task is now to prepare for the Ulster Championship opener against Down on 7 June.

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