Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

UNDER PAR.. OVERJOYED; ALLIANZ DIV 1 IT'S AWAY DAY GLEE Reigning Champions Derry Get off to a Flying Start without Some of Their Biggest Names Mayo 0-10 Derry 1-09

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

UNDER PAR.. OVERJOYED; ALLIANZ DIV 1 IT'S AWAY DAY GLEE Reigning Champions Derry Get off to a Flying Start without Some of Their Biggest Names Mayo 0-10 Derry 1-09

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Byline: BY EMMETT CASSIDY

DERRY boss Damien Cassidy hailed his newcomers who helped the reigning Division One champions to a winning start yesterday.

Derry travelled to James Stephens Park in Ballina without a host of established players.

And the visitors' woes were only compounded in the hours leading up to throw-in when full-back Sean Marty Lockhart had to cry off due to family commitments.

Then Cassidy had to delve even deeper into thin resources when four Derrymen - Lockhart's deputy Barry McGuigan, Patsy Bradley, Brian Og McAlary and Ryan Dillon - all had to be replaced after receiving yellow cards. But they still made light of their problems and produced a display that saw them full value for their four-point win.

And the margin of victory would have been more if they had shown greater composure in front of goal during a long spell of second half dominance.

But Cassidy said: "I'm delighted with how the new players did.

"They sent a message out to everyone that they are willing to fight for places in the team. It's not often any team from Ulster comes to Mayo and leaves with a win.

"Our lads worked extremely hard and I am very happy that we got the win. We were patchy at times but we also played very attractive football at times.

"The players we introduced during the McKenna Cup win stepped up to the mark today."

Cassidy was surprised that he lost four players to yellow cards while Mayo picked up none. He added: "Some of the cards I can't have any complaints about but I thought there were times when Mayo could have picked up cards.

"I don't want to criticise the referee, Maurice Deegan is a good ref, but I think they are being put under a huge amount of pressure by these new rules."

Cassidy also used the encounter to reacquaint star attacker Paddy Bradley to inter-county football an Australian break and the sub played a key role in the build-up to the match-clinching goal from U21 star James Kielt midway through the second half.

Sloppy defensive play created the opening and Kielt sent the ball coolly past keeper David Clarke.

For Mayo boss John O'Mahony it was an extremely disappointing outing. …

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