Mayo hurlers beat the drop with comprehensive victory in Louth
Mayo's senior hurlers secured a second big win in succession to avoid relegation from Division 3A of the Allianz National Hurling League today.
Home team Louth enjoyed a decent start in Darver but Mayo soon got into their stride and by half-time had hit the back of the net three times to lead by 3-5 to 0-9.
Adrian Philips scored two the Mayo goals either side of an Eoin Delaney effort.
Mayo added 2-14 in the second half, Delaney with his second goal before Joe McManus added the fifth late on, with the Green and Red running out 5-19 to 0-15 winners in the end.
The result meant Mayo finished ahead of Louth and Fermanagh, the latter of whom drop to Division 3B next year.
Roscommon, who Mayo drew with in their first league outing, top the division and are in the final, in which they will face either Armagh or Monaghan, who finished second and third respectively.
The Rossies beat Monaghan today to overtake them at the top of the table, with Armagh scraping home against Fermanagh, whose relegation was confirmed with defeat against their Ulster rivals.
Mayo will be next in action on the weekend of April 15/16 when they take on Meath in the first round of the Christy Ring Cup.