Mayo edge towards Division One survival with win over Donegal
Mayo took a massive step towards Division 1 survival with a 1-10 to 0-9 win over 14-man Donegal in Castlebar.
The result means that Mayo join Donegal and Kerry on four points with the relegation battle coming down to the last round of games next weekend.
Donegal were in the ascendancy early on with the double threat of Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden on target.
Cillian O'Connor and Kevin McLaughlin reduced the arrears before Jason Doherty blew a huge goal chance when released by McLaughlin as Paul Durcan stood tall to deny the full-forward.
The sides were level at four points apiece on the half-hour as O'Connor slotted over another free.
Kevin McLoughlin kicked a beautiful score on the run to push Mayo in front and another O'Connor free saw them lead 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.
Marty O'Reilly kicked the first point of the second half as Donegal reduced Mayo's advantage to the minimum.
Colm McFadden levelled things before both sides traded frees to leave it at seven points apiece.
Michael Conroy found the net for Mayo when he half-volleyed the ball over Paul Durcan after a great run from Keith Higgins.
Anthony Thompson received his marching orders for a second yellow card and Donegal were down to 14 men.
Jim McGuinness' men tried to respond but Enda Varley's late brace saw Mayo to victory.