They virtually discovered a strategy to lose it, however Mayo controlled to hold on and e book their price ticket to subsequent weekend’s Spherical Four of the All-Eire SFC Qualifiers in Castlebar on Saturday night.
A pulsating sport of knock-out championship soccer hung within the steadiness proper till the general whistle, with the gang of 18,711 captivated via a fit that lived as much as its billing.
The Westerners seemed to have damaged Armagh’s cussed resistance when change Kevin McLoughlin fired in a function within the 52nd minute to push the house aspect right into a 4 issues lead.
When the exceptional Darren Coen fired over a great rating (his fourth of the sport) moments later, Mayo appeared well-placed to kick on.
As a substitute Armagh got here roaring again into competition with 4 issues in as many mins hauling Kieran McGeeney’s aspect again into competition.
They had been delivered via 3 of Armagh’s very best performers at the night time, Jamie Clarke, workforce captain Rory Grugan and the sensational Stefan Campbell.
Clarke used to be additionally denied a function via a very good save from Mayo goalkeeper, David Clarke, who driven his namesake’s goalbound shot directly to the publish.
By the point this pink patch ended, Mayo’s lead were whittled again to the naked minimal and Armagh’s huge band of travelling toughen may sense an disappointed at the playing cards.
It used to be at that degree that Cillian O’Connor, who had come off the bench within the 50th minute to make his first aggressive look for Mayo in precisely 12 months, stepped as much as the plate.
His county’s all-time main scorer held his nerve to transform two frees within the 67th and 71st mins to offer James Horan’s fees a little bit respiring area.
It didn’t closing lengthy even though as Armagh laid siege to the Mayo targets within the death mins and overdue ratings from Rian O’Neill (unfastened) and the relentless Stefan Campbell within the 73rd and 74th mins supposed no one may relaxation simple.
There used to be nonetheless time for a couple of extra apprehensive moments in entrance of the Mayo function, however Armagh’s closing probability of an equaliser used to be spurned via Niall Grimley who noticed his long-range effort glide huge.
The roar that greeted the general whistle from the large crowd of Mayo supporters advised its personal tale.
A rip-roaring sport had began in a welter of pleasure too with Rian O’Neill’s function within the 6th minute (which used to be adopted via his now-trademark ‘You’ll be able to’t see me’ birthday party) propelling Armagh into the lead.
However inside of sixty seconds, Mayo had the ball within the web on the different finish when Fionn McDonagh fired previous Blaine Hughes after Andy Moran had picked him out an actual cross.
From there to the damage it used to be nip and tuck, with the edges stage on 5 events ahead of a few back-to-back Mayo issues from Jason Doherty and Paddy Durcan edged them right into a 1-6 to 1-Five lead at half-time.
By way of that degree, James Horan had observed his long damage record develop even longer as Lee Keegan used to be assisted off the sphere with a foot damage.
There used to be not anything to make a choice from the groups all over that entertaining first half of, and it used to be a equivalent tale all over the second one.
Mayo advanced making an allowance for on their scoring ratio after the restart, scoring 1-7 from 8 pictures to pip Armagh on the publish because the Orchard County paid a heavy worth for racking up a dozen wides.
Their season is now over, whilst Mayo will have to regroup ahead of their 3rd sport in 3 weeks in opposition to one of the vital crushed provincial finalists subsequent weekend.
Mayo: D Clarke; C Barrett, B Harrison, Okay Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, P Durcan (0-1); M Murray, A O’Shea; F McDonagh (1-1), C Loftus (0-2, 2fs), J Doherty (0-1); D Coen (0-4), A Moran, C Treacy.
Subs used: Okay McLoughlin (1-1) for A Moran; S Coen for Keegan (inj); D Vaughan (0-1) for Murray; C O’Connor (0-2, 2fs) for Loftus; F Boland for Doherty (inj); E Regan for Treacy.
Armagh: B Hughes; P Burns, A McKay, P Hughes; A Forker, B Donaghy, M Shields; J Óg Burns, N Grimley (0-1); J Corridor, A Nugent, S Campbell (0-4); J Clarke (0-5, 2fs), R O’Neill (1-2, 2fs), R Grugan (0-3).
Subs used: E Rafferty for Nugent; G McCabe for McKay; B Crealey for Burns.
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