Derry’s opening game in the belated 2021 Allianz Hurling League ended in disappointment at Castlebar on Sunday afternoon.
Two points was the final margin at MacHale Park with Brian Hunt and Shane Boland the scorers of critical points for Mayo at the end of their 0-21 to 1-16 win over Derry.
Mayo played with a strong breeze in the first half and the tie was finely poised at 0-10 to 0-5, with those in attendance unsure as to whether five points was a sufficiently big lead to hold on.
A goal from Niall Ferris and good scores from Brian Cassidy and Cormac O’Doherty set up a tense finale but Mayo were able to hold on and get the scores they needed to prevail.
Derry’s next fixture is another away trip, this time to Kildare in a fortnight’s time (May 23rd).
Teams and Scorers
Mayo: Gerald Kelly; Stephen Coyne, Michael Morley, Sean Kenny; John Cassidy (0-1), Pearse McCrann, David Kenny; Kieran Kiely, Daniel Huane; Adrian Phillips (0-2), Cathal Freeman (0-3), Sean Regan (0-2); Jason Coyne, Keith Higgins (0-3, 1f), Shane Boland (0-8, 6f)
Substitutes: Brian Hunt (0-2) for K Kiely (HT), Eoin Delaney for J Coyne (47), Cormac Philips for A Philips (65), Sean Mulroy for D Huane (68)
Derry: Oisin O’Doherty, Conor Kelly, Sean Cassidy, Darragh Cartin, Darragh McCloskey, Meehaul McGrath, Paul Cleary (0-1), Richie Mullan, Gerald Bradley (0-1), Mark McGuigan, Cormac O’Doherty (0-11, 9f, 1 ’65’), Eoghan Cassidy, Brian Cassidy (0-1), Sé McGuigan, Niall Ferris (1-2)
Substitutes: Ruairi McWilliams for D Cartin (INJ 14), Deaglan Foley for M McGuigan (54) Thomas Brady for S McGuigan (62)