Moran inspires Mayo
BRIAN MORAN scored 10 points as Mayo beat Armagh in Crossmaglen, but it was Armagh's 15 first-half wides and a missed penalty that proved the main talking point.
Mayo raced into a 0-8 to 0-1 lead with 15 minutes played but Armagh, buoyed with points from captain Paul McCormack, Paul Breen and John Corvan, managed to claw a way back into the game and even take a 0-11 to 0-9 lead at half-time. In the second half, Mayo introduced dual star Keith Higgins and he had the desired effect by first pointing and then playing a vital linking role. Mayo tightened matters up at the back and they finished strongly to pick up a deserved win.
SCORERS -- Mayo: B Moran 0-10 (0-10f), D McConn 0-4, E Magidan 0-2, S Hobhan, K Robinson, K Higgins 0-1 each. Armagh: P Breen 0-4 (0-2f), P McCormack 0-3, J Corvan, K McKernan, F Bradley, R Gaffney, G Enright 0-2 each.
Mayo -- D O'Brien; B Higgins, K Moran, S Morley; P Barrett, S McKernan, C Ryan; D McConn, Stephen Hunt; E Madigan, B Higgins, B Moran; S Hobam, R Cullinane, K Robinson. Subs: K Higgins for McConn (42), K Feeney for Robinson (47), S Hunt for Madigan (57).
Armagh -- J Burke; B Mallon, P McArdle, F McMullen; B McCann, P McCormack, B McCormack; B Breen, C Carville; R Gaffney, J Corvan, G Enright; K McKernan, P Breen, F Bradley. Subs: E McDonnell for B McCormack (41), C McCann for Corvan (50).