Armagh hurlers will be kicking themselves having lost out to Mayo at home on Sunday. Leading at half time, it was the soft goals conceded either side of the half that did the damage and left the Orchard hurlers waiting on their maiden win in Division 2B.
Armagh hurled well for much of the first half with Nathan Green hitting some good scores, but when the referee didn’t see anything wrong with two Mayo men hauling David Carvill to the ground, the Westerners took full advamtage and shot into an early lead, firing to the net. Scores from Odhrán McCann and David Carvill were matched by the Westerners, who were running up a huge wide count, that reached 12 by the break. Armagh soon shot into the lead with Eoin McGuinness finishing to the net to put the home side into a 1-7 to 1-5 lead after the half hour. However, Armagh gave away a howler with half time approaching as a long range free from the Mayo half sailed over the defence and evaded the goalkeeper to finish to the net. With the half almost up, McGuinness showed great character to cancel it out with his second three-pointer just as the whistle sounded.
Half time Ard Mhacha 2-8 Maigh Eo 2-5
Mayo came out strongly in the second half with a few early scores and Danny Magee, introduced at half time, got the second half scoring underway for the home team. Armagh found it difficult to win a free while their western counterparts received 2.5 times as many during the 70 minutes. In spite of this, the Orchard side continued to match Mayo for scores, but a mistake from an Armagh puckout and Mayo winning the resultant thriw-in ball gave the westerners a huge boost, as they finished to the net for the third time in the game to put them ahead 3-10 to 2-10. Connor McAnallen and Davy Carvill pulled back another couple of scores but Mayo hit a few nice points of their own. Nathan Green hit a final point for Armagh to bring the gap down to two, before the Mayo men pushed ahead and nailed three consecutive scores to secure the two points.
Full time Ard Mhacha 2-13 Maigh Eo 3-15
Armagh will now have a week’s break, before taking on Down in Ballycran on Sunday 18 February.