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Tallon knows the score as Oak Leafers aim to point way ahead

 

By John Campbell

Derry manager Damian Barton believes that the scoring depth within his side will prove a major asset when they meet Mayo in Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier at Elvery's MacHale Park, Castlebar.

Barton has been seeking a greater spread of scorers from within his side, and he certainly got that in the opening qualifier against Waterford when no fewer than 10 players featured on the scoreboard in a 1-17 to 0-13 victory.

But Barton recognises that the Mayo defence, bolstered as it is by experienced players, will not be easily breached.

Skipper Enda Lynn is expected to be in the selection frame again, while players such as Danny Tallon, Niall Loughlin and Danny Heavron are currently boosting the Oak Leafs' scoring ratio alongside more experienced finishers such as James Kielt, Benny Heron and Emmet McGuckin.

Tallon has made a big impact since being introduced to the attack and clearly relishes his role.

"We knew going in against Tyrone that we were facing the Ulster champions, and now we are facing a Mayo side that reached the All-Ireland semi-finals last year," stated Tallon.

"Obviously you want to be playing against the top teams and that will certainly be the case for us on Saturday. It will be a big challenge for us, that is for certain.

"The step-up from minor and Under-21 football is a big one but I have been fortunate enough to acclimatise to the higher level because of the support I have received from boys around me."

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