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Derry need to get back to winning ways

Derry 1-12 Mayo 2-12

After the high of the opening round win over Tyrone, Derry’s downward spiral continued before a sparse crowd at Celtic Park as a sharper, more focused and more clinical Mayo side inflicted a third consecutive defeat on the struggling Oak Leafers.

Derry made a dreadful start, conceding three points in the first seven minutes, the outstanding Alan Dillon and Enda Varley (2) on target.

It was just the reaction that Mayo manager John O’Mahoney wanted after the defeat by Dublin last weekend.

“We laid down a marker early on, got a lot more accuracy into our game and went on to finish the game well. They did get a goal with the last kick but I was delighted with the reaction from last week,” he said.

O’Mahoney had to make a couple of changes from his selected side.

“Alan Freeman might have been able to play but he did a fitness test and we didn’t start him. Ronan McGarrity was not fit to start, so we had to readjust our line up,” he explained.

Dillon came into the attack and the Ballintubber player was the catalyst for much of Mayo’s best play as, along with team captain Trevor Mortimer, he led the Derry defence a merry dance to create openings for powerful full forward Aidan O’Se who led the front line superbly.

Derry did respond to level the scores at 0-4 each 12 minutes from half time but a 31st minute goal from Andy Moran helped Mayo to a 1-7 to 0-5 interval lead, Derry debutant Lee Moore converting two frees.

Ten minutes into the second half Aidan O’Se got his fist to another Dillon cross and the ball ended in the net to open up a 2-8 to 0-6 advantage.

Mayo were to run out comfortable winners despite a Paddy Bradley goal with the last kick of the game after Derry rallied with points from Charlie Kielt, Gerard O’Kane and Eoin Bradley

Next weekend Mayo head to the Kingdom to face the All Ireland champions and, after this morale boosting win, O’Mahoney is looking forward to that game.

The Mayo manager said: “It will be great to go to Kerry next week having got the points tonight and really try and express ourselves.

“We retained the confidence and the bit of spark that we had but Derry looked like a team with a lot of talent, and caused us a lot of problems, but we were a bit low in confidence having lost the last couple of games.

“This gives us the incentive to really throw everything at Kerry and see what happens,” he said.

For Derry boss Damien Cassidy, the challenge is to halt the slide.

DERRY: Dunne; M McGoldrick, McCloy, McBride; C Kielt (0-1), Lynch (0-1), O’Kane (0-2) Bradley, J Kielt; Doherty, P Bradley (1-4), McLaughlin, Wilkinson, E Bradley (0-2), Moore (0-2). Subs: SL McGoldrick for McLaughlin, Craig for Moore, Brown for Wilkinson, Diver for Lynch

MAYO: Clarke; Vaughan, Cafferkey, Higgins;

O’Malley, Howley, McLaughlin; Parsons, Conroy; Moran (1-1), S O’Se (0-1), Mortimer (0-2); Varley (0-3), A O’Se (1-1), Dillon (0-3). Sub: Barrett (0-1) for Cafferkey

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)

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