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Derry show grit to reach Lge final
14 Apr 2014 16:04
By Eoin Ryan
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Derry showed incredible grit to survive an early red card and secure their Allianz Football League final spot with a 2-15 to 1-16 win over Mayo at Croke Park.
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The Oak Leaf men grabbed the game’s first goal through Cailean O’Boyle but suffered what looked a potentially fatal double-blow in the 23rd minute as Fergal Doherty was sent off for a second yellow card and Andy Moran found the net for Mayo.
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Derry fought back to lead by a point at half-time however, 1-8 to 1-7, and though Mayo used their extra man well in the early stages of the second half and pulled three clear, they couldn’t put the determined Ulster men away.
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Sean Leo McGoldrick’s penetrating run set up an equalising goal for fellow wing-back Kevin Johnston on 50 minutes and, surprisingly, it was Mayo who seemed to tire, as the irrepressible Mark Lynch scored the crucial points to inflict fresh Croke Park pain on last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists.
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