Derry suffered a third defeat in the National League losing 2-13 to 2-8 against Kildare in Newbridge.
The Oak Leafers trailed by seven points early in the second-half, John Doyle converting a penalty for Kildare.
Goals from Sean Leo McGoldrick and Caolan O'Boyle brought Derry back to within a point.
But their brave comeback was halted by Alan Smith's 64th minute goal, leaving Derry facing a relegation battle.
Derry started the game positively and Paddy Bradley's three points put Derry 0-3 to 0-2 in front inside the opening quarter.
Enda Lynn and Conleith Gilligan were also on the scoresheet but Kildare had a good spell with Eoghan O'Flaherty, James Kavanagh and Mikey Conway helping them into a 0-8 to 0-6 lead at half-time.
The Lilywhites stretched their lead when John Doyle scored a penalty to put the home side 1-11 to 0-7 ahead.
Derry mounted a terrific comeback with two goals in quick succession through McGoldrick and O'Boyle.
Kildare finished strong, however, with Smith hitting the decisive goal six minutes from the end. Dermot Earley came off the bench to score the final point for Kieran McGeeney's side who now have two wins and two defeats from four league outings.