Down one step closer to safety following Castlebar victory

Declan McAteer Posted by
Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Down’s chances of relegation were eased today as they picked up 2 points in Castlebar with victory over Mayo.

Mayo started the game going a point up, but were soon dealt a huge blow as Aidan O’Shea saw red in the 8th minute for striking out at Down’s Danny Hughes.

Down responded with a goal when Conor McGinn flicked the ball past Mayo’s Robert Hennelly. The Mournemen took control of the game and at one stage hit six unanswered points with Aidan Carr clocking up an impressive four.

Mayo looked set for a comeback in the second half when Mortimer, Dillion and Freeman brought them to within two points of the Mournemen, however three points from substitution Benny Coulter and a point from Danny Hughes put the result beyond all doubt.

The win moves Down from the foot of the National Football League Division One table, and is the first points to be added to their tally since an opening day victory over Donegal. The win will ease manager McCartan’s fears of going down, however they face a tough test against All Ireland Champions Dublin next Sunday in Newry.

Final score in from McHale Park, Mayo 0-11 Down 1-13.

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