Tyrone had already met old rivals Mayo in the league earlier in the year resulting in an excellent win and so were confident that Saturday’s result would provide the opportunity to defend their Nancy Murray Cup title positively.
However this was a much changed Tyrone side from the one that had won in the league and this was likely to be an uphill battle as Tyrone were without four of their five scorers from that day. Kaitlin Gallagher, Cara Little, Lara Devlin and Reagan Fay were all absent.
The game started in tentative fashion with neither team able to make inroads until midfielder Aoibhinn Daly took the first point of the game after nine minutes. This settled both teams and a few minutes later Mayo levelled the game with an impressive point from Ava Lambert.
There were some excellent tussles in midfield and both goalkeepers worked hard to keep the scoring low. Grainne McDonald and Bronagh Barker were solid in defence for Tyrone but despite another point from Daly, Lambert was able to bring Mayo into the break with a goal advantage.
In the second half there was a little more freedom of movement but only Roisin McKee was able to take advantage with a score while Mayo were able to make the most of their opportunities including 1-2 from 45’s by Meabh Delaney and they ran out deserved winners on a scoreline of Mayo 3-5 to Tyrone 0-3
Tyrone: J Lagan, M Donnelly, B Barker, G Daly, A McDonald, Ú McCann, L Fitzgerald, A Daly(0-2), S Donnelly, A Cunningham, B Moohan, B Jones, G McDonald, R McKee(0-1), C Gallagher, A Teague(sub: for McKee. M Clarke(sub: for Fitzgerald), R McErlean(sub: for Moohan), L McKernan (sub: for Jones) B Kerr, Á Mac Rory, K Hughes, N Ní Dhonnghaile, G Devlin
Mayo: A Crawley, C Burke, A Doherty, G Delaney, N Greally, R Lyons, C Delaney, M Delaney(1-2), A Lambert(1-3), A Mulkeen, L Scahill, S Golden, S Mooney, F McLaughlin, L Keane(1-0), E Kelly(sub: for Mooney), B Joyce (sub: for G Delaney)