Saturday 25 January 2020

Mullan drives Derry to victory

Derry 3-15 Mayo 0-18

Richie Mullan of Derry. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Richie Mullan of Derry. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Derry impressed in their six-point victory over Mayo to progress to the All-Ireland U-21 'B' championship semi-final. Goals from Corey O'Reilly, Richie Mullan and Liam Cassidy proved the difference between the two sides.

Returning to the scene of Derry's previous day defeat by the same county in the U-20 football, Derry's hurlers exacted some measure of revenge for the Oak Leaf county to bring a tough weekend to a more uplifting end.

The Derry men got off to a flyer and led 1-3 to a point after ten minutes, O'Reilly with the goal.

By the 15th minute, Derry continued to keep their noses in front at 1-5 to 0-5, and by half-time they enjoyed a two-point advantage at 1-8 to 0-9.

A Sean Kenny point reduced the Westerners' deficit to one shortly after the restart, but by the 35th minute a second Derry goal by the impressive Mullan gave the Oak Leafers a three-point lead.

Five minutes later, Derry were at it again, this time Cassidy firing to the back of the net to extend Collie McGurk's team to a 3-8 to 0-13 advantage.

Mayo hit four in a row to reel Derry in a little, but the Ulster men ran out comfortable winners.

They will now meet Meath in Saturday's semi-final.

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