Kenny Feeney hit 0-11 as Mayo secured a spot in the Christy Ring Cup next season with a 1-21 to 1-14 win over Derry.
The Oak Leaf County had conceded five goals in their previous three straight defeats, but they pushed Mayo close before the JP Coen’s men pushed clear in the second-half.
After Shane Farren got the opening score for Derry, Mayo took control, hitting 1-4 without reply. Darren McTigue fired to the net after four minutes and Kiearn McDermott, Cathal Freeman and Feeney (two) looked to put Mayo cruising.
Derry replied with Ruairi Convery, while further points from David Kenny and Feeney saw Mayo go into a seven-point lead. But Derry weren’t done and closed the gap thanks to five points from Convery to help them trail by just a goal at the break; 1-9 to 0-9.
Mayo failed to live up to the good first half start and inside 10 minutes of the second-half trailed by a point. Points from Grant and Farren after Feeney opened the scoring after the break before Convery was fouled and Farren dispatched the penalty; 1-11 to 1-10.
It shocked Mayo into life and Joe McManus leveled the game shortly after and it was he who sent Mayo into the lead going into the final 15 minutes. Feeney rattled off three scores to helped secure victory for Mayo and a place in next season’s Christy Ring Cup.