The hosts settled quicker at Owenbeg and were the better side in the opening 40 minutes, leading 1-9 to 1-4 at half-time. Derry, for whom Ruairi Convery hit 0-10, seemed comfortable until James Coyle goaled as Down refused to surrender. Hinphey had the last say though.
Scorers for Derry: R Convery (0-10, 8fs, 1 65), S Farren (1-1), O McCloskey (1-0), B Rogers, K Hinphey (0-2 each), A Grant (0-1).
Scorers for Down: J Coyle (1-4, 0-2fs), D Toner (1-1), J McCusker (1-0), C Woods (0-3, 2fs, 1 65), R Brannigan, S Nicholson, M Ennis, P Sheehan (0-1 each).
DERRY: D McDermott; M Warnock, L Hinphey, E McGuckin; P Cleary, K Hinphey, A Rafferty; B Óg McGilligan, T McCloskey; C McQuillan, A Grant, A Kelly; S Farren, R Convery, O McCloskey.
Subs: B Rogers for Grant (28), P McCloskey for McGilligan (43), M O’Hagan for T McCloskey (51).
DOWN: S Keith; M Conlan, P Flynn, M Hughes; B Nicholson, C Woods, P Hughes; C O’Neill, C O’Prey; D Toner, D Hughes, R Brannigan; J McCusker, S Nicholson, J Coyle.
Subs: M Ennis for O’Prey (34), P Sheehan for O’Neill (54), M Turley for Sheehan (69).
Referee: O Elliott (Antrim).