Hunt's double inspires Mayo to victory over Donegal
Mayo 3-14 Donegal 1-12
BRIAN Hunt's deadly second-half double fired Mayo to victory over newly-promoted Donegal in Letterkenny.
Donegal, spurred on by the lethal Lee Henderson, had stayed in touch despite the concession of a goal to Eoghan Collins in the fifth minute and were back to within a point when Hunt pounced.
Inside of three minutes, Mayo were nine up after scoring a quickfire 2-2.
Hunt was quickest to react when Paul Burns, the Donegal goalkeeper, spilled a ball in from Declan Gallagher and he added another when rounding Burns to drill home.
Collins had flicked home the opening goal of the match when he seized on a loose ball.
Donegal hit back with a late goal from debutant Eddie Lynch, but it was too little, too late. Man of the Match: Brian Hunt (Mayo)
Scorers - Donegal: L Henderson 0-10 (8fs); E Lynch 1-0; C Matthewson, E McDermott 0-1 each. Mayo: B Hunt 2-5 (3fs); E Collins 1-0; F Boland, G Nolan, K Feeny (1f) 0-2 each; S Hoban, D Gallagher, S Boland 0-1 each
DONEGAL - P Burns 6; M McGrath 7, P Doherty 6, M Callaghan 6; J Donnelly 7, J Boyle 6, C McDermott 6; R McDermott 6, P Sheridan 8; E Lynch 7, L Henderson 9, E McDermott 6; B Lafferty 5, K Campbell 6, C Matthewson 6. Subs: N Cleary 6 for Boyle (32), C Kilgallon 6 for Lafferty (h-t), S Gillespie 5 for R.McDermott (66).
MAYO - D O'Brien 6; S Morley 7, A Connolly 6, A Brennan 6; K Kiely 7, P O'Flynn 6, F Lyons 7; A Lyons 8, G Nolan 8; E Collins 7, B Hunt 9, D Gallagher 7; F Boland 7, S Hoban 6, K Feeny 6.
Subs: J Shanley 7 for Gallagher (48), S Boland 6 for Collins (58), L Cribbin 7 for A Lyons (62), C McDermott 6 for Nolan (66), R Hehir 5 for F Lyons (69).
REF - C Cunning (Antrim)