Derry fail to follow up good first half

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Derry fail to follow up good first half thumbnailDerry’s Oisin McCloskey tries to escape this Mayo attack. NCL08-6428DOK

DERRY hurlers fell to a third successive Division 2B defeat after league leaders Mayo fought back from a six point half-time deficit to snatch a three point victory in Celtic Park on Sunday. It was a poor game played in conditions that certainly was not ideal for hurling.
The bottom line was that Derry bossed the first half, aided by the breeze, and Mayo took charge in the second and had more to offer up front.
With games against Armagh and Wicklow still to play, Derry face the prospect of dropping to their lowest level of hurling for many years at a time when the club scene is pretty healthy. It is not the fault of the management who can only play with what they have available.
Missing the Slaughtneil contingent, allied to retirements and others not committing to the cause, has left Collie McGurk and his selectors with a weak hand. The one Slaughtneil player on the team, Cormac McKenna was the best Derry player on view.
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