Orchard lose league opener to Mayo

Mayo 1-18 Armagh 2-7

The Armagh hurlers began their National League campaign with defeat to Mayo, with eight the difference in the end.

The hosts made a blistering start to proceedings. With the win at their backs, Mayo chased into a comfortable seven-point lead after ten minutes.

Armagh eventually opened their account through midfielder Fionntan Donnelly before Alex O’Boyle slotted over a free.

Connor Renaghan made it three on the trot for the visiting side, but his effort was cancelled out by Cormac Phillips.

Mayo stretched their lead to nine with four on the bounce, before Armagh shot back into contention with a major.

Midfielder Niall Lennon rattled the net for the Orchard County, although Phillips did reply with a point for Mayo.

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Armagh kept in touch however and O’Boyle slammed home a penalty just before the break. That made the score 2-3 to 0-13 in favour of the hosts at half time.

The sides traded scores at the start of the second half, with O’Boyle two Mayo scores with a brace of frees.

O’Boyle struck another two frees to cut the gap, but Mayo responded with a goal to make it a five-point game.

Armagh’s challenge became a stiffer one when captain Tiarnan Nevin and Shea Harvey received their marching orders.

Adrian Phillips and Liam Lavin chipped in with scores while Cormac Phillips extended their advantage to eight.

Armagh: F Woods, K McKernan, T Nevin, O Curry, P Lappin, B Shortt, O O’Hare, N Lennon 1-0, F Donnelly 0-1, C Renaghan 0-1, P Gaffney, A Fox, S O’Keefe, S McGuinness, A O’Boyle 1-5 (1pen, 5f). Subs: D Magee for S McGuinness, S Harvey for N Lennon, C Duffy for F Donnelly, P McBride for S O’Keefe, D Ryan for A Fox.

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