Despite hitting 1-7 (1-6 from play) Mayo’s Cora Staunton found herself on the losing side of their penultimate Bord Gais national league fixture as Tyrone virtually assured themselves of top flight football again for 2012 with a narrow 3-10 to 3-8 win at Eskra.
A late goal from Gemma Begley sealed the win for Martina Dillon’s side after they had trailed throughout with Staunton outstanding for the westerners as the home side struggled to contain her pace and power. Mc Nicolas and Hannahoe also found the net for Mayo as Tyrone looked all at sea at times. The inspirational Cathy Donnelly hit 0-4 for The Red Hands while Laura Mc Creesh finished with 2-1 to her name. Indeed it was Donnelly with a lung busting run from midfield with minutes to go that set up the match winning goal. Donnelly got a shot in, goalkeeper Byrne got something on it but Begley stabbed home to the net.
The result leaves Tyrone on seven points in fourth spot. Below them sit Laois Galway, Kildare and Mayo ahead of Tyrone’s trip to Cork next week. Laois and Galway meet in their final game and with Mayo relegated the losers of that game look set to join them whatever happens in Munster.
A bright display by Tyrone and a vital morale boosting win for Dillon’s side.