Derry give mighty Mayo a fright but fade in extra time

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Derry give mighty Mayo a fright but fade in extra time thumbnailDerry players fight for possession against Mayo.

Mayo...............2-21 Derry..............1-13

With three minutes of normal time remaining, Derry led by 0-12 to 0-11. Mayo were pouring forward as Derry tired and when young sub Conor Loftus hit a quick 1-1, Derry looked dead and buried but not so. A superb angled ball from Carlus McWilliams into the goalmouth was flicked to the net by Mark Lynch.
They then had a slim chance to win it from a difficult sideline free taken by James Kielt but the angle proved too tight.
It was a cracking game of open football with the woodwork at either end being a barrier to scores. Good saves, bad misses and superb scores kept the big crowd on their toes. The few hundred Derry fans were drowned out by the 11,000 plus home support.
The loss of Conor McAtamney, who got a black card for a foul on Aidan O'Shea, weakened Derry at midfield.
Half forwards Ryan Bell and Enda Lynn, who had been playing very well, picked up knocks in the second half and had to be replaced.
In truth, Derry did not have the same quality of subs as Mayo who were able to bring on players capable of changing the game and match winner Conor Loftus was one of them as was their other goal scorer Jason Doherty.
Conor Loftus is the grandson of former GAA President Mick Loftus who has strong County Derry connections.
Extra Time
Extra time could not have got off to a worse start - Ben McKindless, who had made some great saves, fluffed a kick out after four minutes and gifted sub Jason Doherty a goal.
That left five points in it but Derry were still in the game when Chris Barrett fouled Derry sub Shane McGuigan in the goal area and referee Maurice Deegan, who had one of his better days, pointed to the spot.



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