MAYO’S national league group stages, which started on a high with a good victory over Kerry, finished in similar fashion with a vital win over Cork in Cork on Sunday.
Not alone was mission one accomplished, keeping their division one status intact for next season, but Mayo got the added bonus of a semi-final spot and a trip to Croke Park where they face Dublin on Sunday next.
The victory over Cork was well-merited as Mayo battled very hard throughout and came back from a six-point deficit at one stage to carve out a deserved one-point victory.
The victory was all the more sweeter as it was achieved by an injury-hit Mayo side. Along with long-term injuries Andy Moran and Alan Dillon, they had to line out without Barry Moran, Keith Higgins, Chris Barrett and Jason Doherty, although Barrett and Doherty did come on as late second half substitutes, all of whom will be challenging strongly for starting places on the championship side.
Having to pull out all the stops against a Cork side who were chasing their fourth national league title in a row, and needing a victory in this encounter to stay in contention, illustrates in sure and certain fashion how well Mayo played.