The Mayo hurlers got their Nicky Rackard Cup campaign off to a winning start.

Captain Keith Higgins propelled them to a dramatic comeback in the second-half, running out 2:14 to 0:17 point winners in O’Donnell Park Letterkenny.

Derek Walsh’s men struggled through long parts off the first half, with Adrian Philips’ goal keeping them in touch.

A spectacular finish to the game, inspired by a Keith Higgins goal, saw Mayo triumph over their fierce rivals.

Next up for Mayo in round two of the competition is Leitrim at home in MacHale Park next Saturday.

Mayo Hurling manager Derek Walsh was impressed with Mayo's work-rate.

Mayo Captain Keith Higgins says it was a close affair.