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Huge Challenge For Senior Ladies Against Mayo

Friday 12.07.2019
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


It will be ladies first on Saturday as Gerry Moane’s side open their all Ireland championship group series at home to Mayo at Healy Park (2pm)

The game marks the Tyrone ladies first outing in the all Ireland senior football championship  since 2015. It will be a first too in this new format of games at this level yet they come into the series with three Ulster intermediate titles and two all Ireland finals under their belts with of course an all Ireland title to boot.

Tyrone pushed Maxi Curran’s Donegal all the way in their recent Ulster championship tie and they will meet again next week. On the back of the performance against Donegal  coupled with what Curran’s side went on to do in the Provincial series, Gerry Moane and his side will take plenty of positives into Saturday’s game.

On the down side Captain Neamh Woods is expected to miss the game due to her netball world cup commitments and a handful of players are carrying knocks after a busy programme of league and championship football fixtures in the county.

Moane explained “It’s not ideal. Neamh will be away and our medical team have been very busy but look it will be an opportunity for other players to step up. That’s  why we have a squad. We have no choice and as far as when the game is and all that, we will leave that to others. We are only focused on the game itself.”

Mayo suffered a 3-7 to 0-9 loss to Galway in the Connacht final replay last Saturday night.  Peter Leahy’s side never really got going and he had little complaint about the eventual outcome. “The result isn’t disappointing me, it’s the performance that disappoints me,” said Leahy afterwards. He has called for improvement at Healy Park.

The Tyrone manager is looking forward to the game, keen to build on that Ulster outing.

“We were close to Donegal and when you see what they did to Armagh in the final you have to say we are closing the gap. Mayo will be tough. They are a very experienced side, household names and quality but we are a hungry team. There’s experience here too. We will be well prepared and have a game plan for Mayo.”

Tyrone : S Lynch; C Hunter, J Barrett, C Conway; E Brennan, T McLaughlin, N McGirr; E.J. Gervin, S McCarroll; N Hughes, M Canavan, A McHugh; N O’Neill, C Kelly, C McCaffrey.

Mayo  A Tarpey; N O’Malley, R Flynn, D Caldwell; É Ronayne, Ciara McManamon, K Sullivan; Clodagh McManamon, D Finn; R Durkin, S Cafferky, N Kelly; S Rowe, R Kearns, G Kelly.



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