Feeney fires Mayo hurlers to famous final victory
Mayo 1-15 Down 0-14
A superb 12-point tally from Kenny Feeney, along with a magnificent performance from Mayo dual-player Keith Higgins and a solid game from Cathan Freeman, laid the foundation for a stunning win for Mayo at Kinsgspan Breffni Park.
The sides had met in the final round of the league last week, a game Down won comfortably, but Mayo manager Derek Walsh was keeping his cards very close to his chest as he plotted a way back to Dvision 2A hurling next year.
It took Mayo a little time to find their rhythm as Down dominated the opening quarter, thanks largely to the attacking thrusts of talented corner-forward Paul Sheehan.
The Ulster side led by 0-5 to 0-2 after 15 minutes, but the balance of power swung Mayo's way when Brian Morley struck for an opportunistic goal that edged his team a point ahead.
Down fought back to lead by the minimum at half-time, 0-9 to 1-5, but with the wind at their backs Mayo quickly took control in the second half.
Feeney caught fire to hit four unanswered points in a row, and that purple patch ultimately proved to be the key to their victory.
Down came hunting for a goal late on, but the Mayo defence hurled with great defiance to keep them out and seal a memorable win and a moved up in grade next year.