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Tyrone Exit Championship At Hands Of Mayo

Monday 26.08.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


There was huge disappointment for Tyrone at Croke Park on Sunday when they lost out to Mayo after the westerners produced a superb second half showing to make it through to September’s All Ireland Final. However the Red Hands were not helped by some of the refereeing decisions with much discussion about the awarding of one penalty and the non award of another. Unfortunately for Mickey Harte’s side they were on the wrong end of both decisions. Tyrone also suffered two huge blows with the loss of key players Peter Harte and Stevie O’Neill to injury early in the opening half. Both these players were central to the team’s game plan and their withdrawal had a major impact on the team’s performance and morale.
Tyrone began the game well and for long periods of the first half they dominated the play. When Ronan O’Neill split the posts on thirty two minutes the Red Hands moved four points in front. However Mayo rallied and closed the gap to a single point following three points just before the break from defenders Chris Barrett (2) and Lee Keegan.
Sean Cavanagh and his colleagues needed a fast start to the second half but it was the westerners who were quickest out of the blocks. An Enda Varley point followed by Alan Freeman’s disputed penalty put Mayo in the driving seat and they never looked back as they dominated the second half and showed just why they are many people’s favourites to win the Sam Maguire. Tyrone battled hard and Mickey Harte emptied his bench in an attempt to regain control of the match. Sadly for his team their best endeavours failed to trouble the Mayo goalkeeper due to a combination of misfortune and poor refereeing. Mayo continued to perform with confidence and eventually won on a final score of 1-16 to 0-13.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was obviously disappointed after the game but he will take great pride in how his players performed over the year. The disappointment of the championship exit at the hands of Donegal aside this has been a productive year for the team with lots of positives to build on for next season.

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