Derry travel to Westmeath in two week’s time knowing they must win to to be sure of staying in Division 2 after Sunday’s draw with Louth.
John Brennan’s men let a four point lead slip in the closing stages and with the last attack of the game Darren Clarke bagged an equalising point for Louth.
Derry: B Gillis; B McCallion, C McKaigue, A McAlynn; C Kielt (0-1), M Drumm, S L McGoldrick (0-1); M Friel, PJ McCloskey; N Forrester, C Gilligan (0-6, 5f), B Gormley (0-1); E Brown(0-2), P Bradley (0-7, 2f), Enda Lynn (0-1).
Subs: Patsy Bradley for Forester (25), E Scullion for McAlynn (ht), C O’Boyle for McCloskey (57), J Diver for Friel (62) R Scott for M Drumm (65).
Louth: N Gallagher; P Rath, D Finnegan, R Finnegan; D Byrne, J Carr (0-1), L Shevlin; B Donnelly, R Carroll (0-1); D Crilly, M Brennan, A Reid (0-1); D Maguire (0-1), J McEneaney (0-3), D Clarke (1-7, 4f 45).
Subs: J Califf for Donnelly (25), A McDonnell for Crilly (54), S Fitzpatrick for Rath (54), B White (0-1) for Reid (54) A Hoey (0-1) for Califf (64).
Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligo).
Full coverage and reaction in tomorrow’s Derry Journal