Mayo beat Cork in the penultimate round of the Allianz National Football League in Castlebar on Sunday.
The result looks to have secured the home side’s place in the top flight next season while it also means that Cork will need to beat Armagh in their final game to be sure of a place in the league decider.
The home side were the better team in the opening half and built up an early lead but Cork fought back strongly and Mayo were all out to hold on at the finish. Indeed, the rebels could have stolen it late on, as an Eoin Cadogan shot hit the post deep into injury time. It would have been rough justice on Mayo had they lost this tie however.
Mayo went in at the interval leading 0-7 to 0-6 and a Jason Doherty goal after 12 minutes of the second period gave them a 1-10 to 0-7 lead. They moved further ahead over the next couple of minutes and led 1-13 to 0-9, with less than a quarter of an hour to play.
Goulding closed the gap with three pointed frees and John Miskella added a fourth shortly after. Mayo were finding life difficult inside the last ten minutes and were somewhat fortunate that Cadogan’s shot came back off the woodwork. At the finish they had little to spare but it was enough to earn them the victory that keeps them safe for another season
Referee blows full time
70+2 Cork all over Mayo, but cannot get the goal they need.
70min Two additional minutes to be played.
68min John Miskella gets Cork back to two down, Mayo have not scored for 15min.
65min Aidan Campbell on for Alan Dillon.
64min John Miskella gets Cork back to three points behindb
63min Goulding get Cork back within four points.
60min Richie Feeney kicks a 45 wide for Mayo.
58min Free for Cork in front of the posts.
55min Another point for Mayo leaves them seven points up.
53min Goulding scores another point, thats his fourth point of the match.
50min Andy Moran is fouled, should be another point for Mayo. No mistakes by Cillian McLoughlin.
48min Daniel Goulding gets a point for Cork
48min Alan Dillion scores a free, to leave Mayo seven up
46min Jason Doherty scores a goal for Mayo.
45min Mayo deserve their three point lead.
43min Alan Dillion scores his fourth point of the day, Mayo three points up.
41min Aidan O’Shea hits the best point of day, Mayo two points up.
39min Alan Dillon gives Mayo the lead with a good point from play
38min Andy Moran hits a poor wide for Mayo, thats five wides so far by Mayo
37min John Miskella has replaced Kevin O’Driscoll
36min Cork get an equaliser from Pearce O’Neill
36min Second half underway. Eoghan Reilly replaces Tom Cunniffe on the Mayo team.
35min Alan Dillion gets booked, referee blows for half time
33min Goulding brings it back to 7pts to 6pts
30min James Kilcullen leaves Mayo two points up.
26min Pearce O’Neil levels the match for the fourth time.
21min Alan Dillion gives Mayo back the lead after a nice point from play.
18min Sean Kiely levels the scores for Cork.
16min Andy Moran puts Mayo back in front.
13min Point from Alan O’Connor to level up the match
11min James Cullen puts Mayo in front.
8min Andy Moran opens the scoring for Mayo.
5min Cork goes two points up from a free
3min Paul Keerigan opens the scoring for Cork.
1min Referee throws in the ball
0min Mayo manager will be targeting this match to see how far his team are off the top three teams in the country.
Mayo (v Cork) R. Hennelly, T. Cunniffe, A.Feeney, K. Higgins, R.Feeney, G. Cafferkey, L. Keegan, A.O’Shea, J. Kilcullen, K. McLoughlin, A. Dillon, A. Moran, C. O’Connor, A. Freeman, J. Doherty
Cork (v Mayo) Cork: K O’Halloran; R Carey, J O’Sullivan, M Shields; S Kiely, N O’Leary, E Cadogan; A O’Connor, J Fitzpatrick; F Goold, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D Goulding, F Lynch, D O’Connor.
Cork travel to Mayo on Sunday with hopes of reaching the National League Final still very much alive. The Rebels have only lost the one game this season, away to leaders, Dublin. A win at the weekend and defeat for Down against the Dubs, would put the All Ireland champions in a very strong position for title honours.
Conor Counihan’s side have been playing with an air of confidence this season and finally getting a championship success under their belt has been a massive boost for the Leesiders. They will be keen to continue on their winning run and get another chance to take on the Dubs i Croke Park later in the campaign.
James Horan has done a good job rebuilding the Mayo team and while they are not yet safe from relegation, they have shown plenty of ability already. Previous Mayo sides would have given up against Dublin, having found themselves dead and buried at half-time but this present side battled on bravely last time. They look well capable of claiming a Connacht title this year and survival in Division One of the league would also be deemed a success.
Cork may just have the edge in ability at this stage of the season and have a great record against Mayo. It would be a mild surprise if they are not strong enough to take the points here and proceed to a possible league final appearance.