Mayo make their point

Target man: Mayo’s Dessie O’Malley scored the equaliser for Mayo in last weekend’s Oscar Traynor Trophy match.  Photo: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Target man: Mayo’s Dessie O’Malley scored the equaliser for Mayo in last weekend’s Oscar Traynor Trophy match. Photo: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Inishowen League 1

Mayo League 1

Mayo travelled to Inishowen, and were deserving of a draw in last weekend’s Group 1 Oscar Traynor game in Redcastle. Mayo, without the unavailable Stevie Gavin and the injured Mick Duffy, started of fsomewhat nervously and were under pressure for the opening period. This pressure paid off for the Inishowen League when the impressive former Finn Harps striker Gerry Gill fired home from 12 yards after a Mayo defensive error allowed the striker clear on goal. Inishowen maintained this pressure until midway in the first half with Lawless, Ryan and O'Boyle having to defend well.

Mayo came more into the game but should have gone further behind when Inishowen missed a great opportunity on the stroke of half time. Mayo were forced to replace Ronan O'Boyle (rib injury ) with Eugene Gorman after 43 minutes.

The second half saw a major improvement in Mayo's fortunes. Mayo attacked immediately upon resuming, and were most unlucky not to equalise when a shot from David Cameron was goalbound, only to see Crossan in the Inishowen goal turn the ball around the post for a corner in the 48th minute. Mayo had a further great chance when Eugene Gorman partially mishit his shot into the keeper’s hands and the opportunity was lost. Mayo, however, were rewarded when Gerry McLoughlin set up Dessie O'Malley who blasted a pile driver from 15 yards past Crossan to make the scores level on the 55th minute. Mayo continued to dominate at this stage and further chances fell to Gorman, Neary and O'Malley. As the game moved into the final minutes both sides had further opportunities of winning the game with the best effort falling to Inishowen but Peyton in the Mayo goal pulled off a wonder save to give Mayo the point they fully deserved. Mayo's next game in the competition is against Galway on Sunday December 7 in Milebush Park with a probable kick off time of 2pm. A win for Mayo will see

them enter the quarter-final stage.

Mayo: Emmet Peyton, Paul Walsh (Geraghty 45 ), Ger O'Boyle, Joe Lawless, Stephen Ryan, Danny Scahill, David Cameron, Andy Neary, Gerry McLoughlin (Alan McDonnell 75 ), Ronan O'Boyle (Eugene Gorman 43 ), Dessie O'Malley - subs not used Brendan Nallen, David Reilly, James Jennings, Sean McHale

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