Impressive Mayo hand Kerry five-point defeat in Killarney

May 20, 2023

Mayo's Eoghan McLaughlin celebrates his goal against Kerry ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Mayo got off to a flying start in the All-Ireland senior football championship’s round robin stage by defeating holders Kerry on a 1-19 to 0-17 scoreline in Killarney this afternoon.

Eoghan McLaughlin’s goal on the hour mark helped seal a deserved win for the Westerners in what was their first competitive outing since the Connacht quarter-final exit to Roscommon six weeks ago.

Ryan O’Donoghue and Aidan O’Shea kicked the first two points to settle the National League champions in at Fitzgerald Stadium and they’d go on to open up a 0-7 to 0-3 lead by the 24th minute.

Points from Dara Moynihan and David Clifford (0-8) closed the gap to one for the Munster champions but it was the visitors that went in at the break leading 0-12 to 0-7 after a late brace of points from Jack Carney.

Matthew Ruane would make it a six-point game within two minutes of the restart and, while the Kingdom would stay in the game and narrow their deficit down to three, McLaughlin’s well-taken goal would all but seal the points for Kevin McStay's men.

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