Mayo saunter into semi-finals
Mayo 0-22 Armagh 1-11
Mayo booked a place in the semi-final of the Nicky Rackard Cup when they followed up their win over Tyrone with an impressive 14-point victory over Armagh at James Stephens Park on Saturday.
The westerners laid the foundations for a fine victory which saw the second appearance this season of dual star Keith Higgins, when they led by 0-11 to 1-3 at half-time in Ballina - Kenny Feeney, Higgins, and Sean Regan putting up some fine scores, the latter having to be replaced when he was injured just before the break.
Conor Corvan got Armagh a goal just before half-time to keep them clinging on.
However, it was very much one-way traffic in the second half. Feeney ended up top scorer on 11 points, as Armagh were reduced to 14 men when Stephen Renaghan received a second yellow card.
Scorers - Mayo: K Feeney (6f) 0-11; K McDermott 0-3; K Higgins, C Freeman, S Regan and C Scahill 0-2 each. Armagh: C Corvan (2f) 1-4, R Gaffney 0-4, P Kearney, D Carvill and S Renaghan 0-1 each.
Mayo - D O'Brien; E Collins, G McManus, B Hunt; A Lyons, P O'Flynn, C Freeman; C Charlton, K McDermott; J McManus, K Higgins, S Regan; S Boland, K Feeney, D McTigue. Subs: C Scahill for Regan (33), P Connell for Lyons (45) A Connolly for O'Flynn (48).
Armagh - S Doherty; C Clifford, A McGuinness, K McKernan; J King, N Curry, C Toner; J Corvan, S Reneghan; D Carvill, R Gaffney, P McKearney; B Coulter, C Corvan, S Gaffney. Subs: P McGrane for J Corvan (40), C Devlin for Gaffney (49).
REF - P Murphy (Carlow).