Published Sunday, 13 April 2014
Derry celebrate defeating Mayo on Sunday. (© Presseye)
Although Mayo opened the scoring with two early points it was Derry who made arguably the better start against last year's beaten all-Ireland finalists, with Cailean O'Boyle's 13th minute goal helping his side to a two-point lead with thirteen minutes played.
However Brian McIver's side soon suffered two big setbacks, with the first coming when Mayo forward Andy Moran found the net in the 24th minute to edge his side into the lead.
Things then went from bad to worse for Derry when Fergal Doherty was sent off for a second yellow card after a cynical foul during the build-up to the goal.
Although the Oak Leaf County were a 1-8 to 1-7 ahead at the break, Mayo came out fighting in the second half and the prospect of the Oak Leaf County claiming a place in the final looked bleak until Seán Leo McGoldrick teed up Kevin Johnston for a second Derry goal.
With the scores levelled, the game remained tight until the last five minutes, in which Derry scored four of the last five points to seal victory by 2-15 to 1-16 and set up a meeting with Dublin in the decider.
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