Mayo ease to win over Down
Mayo 3-18 Down 2-9: Mayo's comprehensive All Ireland football quarter-final victory over Down at Croke Park was sullied by a serious knee injury to inspirational captain Andy Moran.
Moran, who played a key role in gaining the ascendancy for Mayo, collapsed with a serious knee injury after 53 minutes.
The skipper was clearly in agony and was taken off on the mobile stretcher.
After the game he was taken by the Mayo medical team for an assessment.
Otherwise Mayo had plenty of cause for celebration. They ran Down ragged in the first championship meeting of the counties, and led by 2-7 to 1-4 at half time.
Jason Doherty’s second minute goal got Mayo off on the right note, and Michael Conroy also hit the net after 27 minutes.
Kalum King raised a green flag for Down in the 19th minute but that was one of the few bright spots for the Mourne men.
After half time they were expected to come out with all guns blazing. Instead, it was more of the same by Mayo who did enough in all sectors to book their passage to the semi-finals for a second consecutive year.
Cillian O’Connor with seven points, six from frees, and stalwart Alan Dillon with four points were Mayo’s leading scorers.
Aidan Carr did most of the scoring for Down, notching up seven points, five of them from frees.
Benny Coulter got Down’s second goal in time added on for injuries but it was too little, too late.