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Defeat in Mayo sees Tyrone searching for solutions ahead of Kerry visit

Aidan O'Shea of Mayo scores his side's first goal despite the attention of Padraig Hampsey of Tyrone during the Allianz Football League Division One match between Mayo and Tyrone at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Picture: Ben McShane/Sportsfile
Aidan O'Shea of Mayo scores his side's first goal despite the attention of Padraig Hampsey of Tyrone during the Allianz Football League Division One match between Mayo and Tyrone at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Picture: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Allianz Football League Division One round four: Mayo 4-10 Tyrone 0-12

THE search for solutions in the Tyrone camp will continue this week after a disappointing defeat against an upwardly mobile Mayo at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park on Saturday evening.

Tyrone’s joint manager Feargal Logan admitted that his team ‘can’t buy a win at the moment’ after they surrendered an early lead and conceded four goals to crash to a third loss on the road in this campaign.

First half goals from Aidan O’Shea and James Carr were followed by second half green flags from Enda Hession and Diarmuid O’Connor as Tyrone’s defensive system was bypassed by Mayo’s pace, power and precision.

Logan conceded afterwards that the goals did the damage.

“There was just no way of getting back out of them. Once they tallied up to four we were totally gone,” he conceded.

“I thought we dominated the early phases, were really going well, and the first one was a bit scrappy, we could have possibly dealt with it.

“The second one then was a break ball which went straight into our defence and it was a good finish. It left us chasing it a bit and we paid a heavy price.

“Fair play to Mayo, they turned up sharp and big despite the first 15 minutes.”

Tyrone had hit the ground running and led by 0-4 to 0-1 after the first quarter with well-crafted scores from Darragh Canavan and Darren McCurry supplemented by frees from McCurry and Niall Morgan.

But Mayo then struck for 2-4 without reply in the space of 13 minutes to leave Tyrone’s heads spinning. The Red Hands never recovered and were chasing the game from there.

“We can’t buy a win at the moment, we can’t buy a break,” said Feargal Logan.

“There was great energy, we were playing good football. We were probably a bit wasteful at the top third, some of our passes and shooting and stuff.

“We need to be sitting down and learning from it and getting at it again. It is a short turnaround. There is only one way to keep going – to keep at it.

“Defeats sap your confidence and victory grows you,” he added.

“From the first day in Roscommon when we thought we had it, and could have kept on, but we didn’t. It’s costing us at the moment.

“We still showed phases of a very good football team out there in my view but we need to put it across 76-78 minutes and be more clinical in front of the posts.”

A wonder goal from Enda Hession five minutes into the second half had left Tyrone trailing by eight points (3-5 to 0-6).

They did mount a mini-revival with a point from play from Darragh Canavan, and frees from Niall Morgan and Darren McCurry (0-2), but the closest they got to the Westerners was five points after 60 minutes.

A fourth Mayo goal from man of the match Diarmuid O’Connor on 68 minutes glossed the final scoreline for the winners, while Tyrone only managed a late free from Darragh Canavan in reply.

Their first defeat in Castlebar since October 1992 was already assured when Conn Kilpatrick was shown a black card in the closing stages.

Things won’t get any easier for the Red Hands next Sunday with Kerry coming to Omagh.

“It’s not ideal but that’s the way it is,” mused Feargal Logan.

“The facts don’t lie and the facts are stubborn. But we just have to be as equally as stubborn and keep going. That’s the way it happens around football. You just have to keep going.”

Mayo: C Reape (0-1 free); J Coyne, D McBrien, E Hession (1-0); S Coen, C Loftus (0-1), D McHugh; M Ruane (0-1), D O’Connor (1-0); F McDonagh (0-1), J Carney (0-1), J Flynn; A O’Shea (1-0), J Carr (1-0), R O’Donoghue (0-3 frees).

Subs used: S Callinan for Hession (44); P Durcan for Coyne (44); J Doherty (0-1) for Loftus (51); C O’Connor (0-1) for O’Shea (60); T Conroy for Carr (66).

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 45); M McKernan, C Munroe, P Hampsey; C Quinn, P Harte, D Mulgrew; B Kennedy, F Burns (0-2); C Meyler, C Kilpatrick, J Oguz; D McCurry (0-4, 0-3 frees), C McShane, D Canavan (0-3, 0-1 free).

Subs used: N Devlin for Munroe (41); M Donnelly for McShane (50); R Canavan for Mulgrew (50); K McGeary for Harte (61); L Rafferty for McKernan (70).

Referee: N Mooney (Cavan)