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Tyrone Lose Out To Mayo

Sunday 03.02.2019
Team Talk Mag
County


Tyrone 0-10 Mayo 2-13

It’s early enough days in the National league but Tyrone find themselves in a similar position to twelve months ago as this defeat at home to Mayo on Sunday afternoon at Healy Park leaves them with no points to their name from two outings.

On the day though they can have no complaints about the result as after a bright start they played second fiddle to an impressive Mayo side who were worthy nine point winners on the day. Tyrone did begin well with Darren McCurry and Lee Brennan both converting frees inside the opening five minutes as they made a confident start. Wing half forwards Fionn McDonagh and Ciaran Treacy helped level matters for the visitors, the duo going on to have good games with 1-5 from play between them.

Peter Harte edged Tyrone back in front but that was as good as it was to get for the Red Hands. Treacy landed another fine score before the evergreen Andy Moran scored two points in the space of a minute, one from a free after a mark which was followed by a fisted effort. Mayo had the bit between their teeth at this stage and it took a good save from Niall Morgan to prevent full forward Brian Reape from getting a goal, Mayo keeper Robert Hennelly knocking over the resulting “45”.

It was a warning sign that wasn’t heeded by Tyrone as in the 31st minute Mayo did score the goal their dominance deserved. The talented trio of Lee Keegan, Moran and Keith Higgins were all involved in the build up with the latter cutting in from the right past three challenges before finishing to the back of the net in style. McDonagh then had the final say of the opening half with another one to leave Mayo well placed leading 1-7 to 0-3 at the short whistle.

Mayo picked up where they had left off on the restart as efforts from McDonagh and Jason Doherty put them further in front. McCurry then converted a free for Tyrone’s first score since the 21st minute as they continued to struggle to break down a disciplined Mayo rear guard. Substitute Conan Grugan then took a fine point from out on the left wing but that score was soon cancelled out at the other end of the field by Doherty.

Brennan pointed for Tyrone, one of only five scores that they got from play on the day, before Hennelly knocked over a brilliant free from beyond the 45m line. Doherty and Harte exchanged points before Mayo grabbed their second major of the afternoon when McDonagh blasted to the net. Keeper Morgan then ventured forward to land a quality score with the outside of his boot but moments later they lost defender Michael McKernan to the sin bin after picking up a black card. Wing half back Paddy Durcan then got forward to kick a fantastic score for the visitors and while Tyrone had the final say with late frees from Harte and team Captain Mattie Donnelly it only served to put a slightly better look on the final scoreline.

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-1); M McKernan, R McNamee, HP McGeary; T McCann, R Brennan, P Harte (0-3, 1F); B Kennedy, D McClure; M Donnelly (0-1, 1F), N Sludden, K McGeary; D McCurry (0-2, 2F), F Burns, L Brennan (0-2, 1F). Subs: P Hampsey for HP McGeary, C Grugan (0-1) for McClure, K Coney for Burns, C McCann for McCurry, C Meyler for K McGeary

Mayo: R Hennelly (0-2, 1F, “45); S Coen, B Harrison, K Higgins (1-0); M Plunkett, L Keegan, P Durcan (0-1); D O’Connor, D Vaughan; F McDonagh (1-3), A O’Shea, C Treacy (0-2); A Moran (0-2, 1F), B Reape, Jason Doherty (0-3, 1F). Subs: C Diskin for Reape, J McCormack for Keegan, K McLoughlin for Moran, D Drake for Coen, M Ruane for Tracey

Referee: J McQuillan, Cavan

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