Tyrone 0-10 Mayo 2-13
Mayo were full value for their 9 point win on Sunday as they proved to food for Tyrone in Omagh. The win means Mayo sit on top on the table after two wins from two.
The Red Hands now are staring the barrel of relegation to Division 2, but for Mayo things are looking up under the new management team with James Horan at the helm. Darren McCurry and Lee Brennan were on target early for Mickey Harte’s men, but they failed to build on it and only scored a further point in the opening half. Debutants McDonagh and Treacy landed Mayo scores, Treacy levelled up the sides on 24 minutes. Peter Harte kicked a nice score after running through the Mayo defence, however he was guilty of landing a few short ones into the hands of Rob Hennelly.
Andy Moran was superb for Mayo creating and causing havoc. He scored from a mark , before sending a fisted effort straight between the posts having been assisted by O’Shea and Higgins. It was that man Higgins who got Mayo’s first goal of the game after he was sent through by Moran and Higgins smashed home a superb goal to give Morgan no chance on 32 minutes. It was 1-07 to 0-03 at the break.
The second half Mayo began where they left off. Paddy Durcan running up the wings were causing trouble, McDonagh kicked his third and Jason Doherty also kicked a nice score to give the Mayo men a 9 point lead. Mickey Harte did a massive shake up bringing on several substitutes .McCurry and Conan Grugan went on to raise white flags but Mayo defence stood tall and there was no way through for goals for the Red Hands. The 9 point lead was restored as Doherty and Hennelly pointed. Niall Morgan did manage to get up the field to score a point from play something that we don’t see to often from goalkeepers. Tyrone struggled in all aspects skills, physically and they were forced to live off a couple of scores here and there from Harte.
The second Mayo goal all but sealed the win. McDonagh hit a low effort to the bottom corner to extend the lead to 11 points . Tyrone needed a massive response but that didn’t materialise as Durcan finished the scoring with a lovely point .
Tyrone: N Morgan (0-01); M McKernan, R McNamee, HP McGeary; T McCann, R Brennan, M Donnelly (0-01, f); B Kennedy, D McClure; P Harte (0-03, 1f), N Sludden, K McGeary; D McCurry (0-02, 2f), F Burns, L Brennan (0-02, 1m).
Subs: C Grugan (0-01) for McClure (h-t), P Hampey for HP McGeary (h-t), K Coney for Burns (40), C McCann for McCurry (45) C Meyler for K McGeary (60)
Mayo: R Hennelly (0-02, 1f, 1 ’45); S Coen, B Harrison, K Higgins (1-00); P Durcan (0-01), M Plunkett, L Keegan; D O’Connor, D Vaughan; F McDonagh (1-3), A O’Shea, C Treacy (0-02); A Moran (0-02, 1m), B Reape, J Doherty (0-03, 1f).