The Oak Leaf hurlers emerged from Ruislip with two points safely secured, despite a late scare.
Down finished strongest at Pairc Esler on Saturday night as Derry fell to a disappointing late defeat.
Derry ran out 1-19 to 0-19 winners against Down in the Allianz Hurling League opener at Celtic Park.
Ciaran McFaul’s late point rescued a draw for Derry against Leitrim in the Division 3 opener at Celtic Park.
Donegal overcame Derry by five points in an uninspiring Round 3 McKenna Cup fixture at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.
Congratulations to the Watty Graham’s Glen ballad group and the John Mitchel’s Glenullin Set dancers who have both been victorious in tonight’s Scór na nÓg Ulster Final.