TYRONE 1-10 Mayo 1-6


TYRONE 1-10 MAYO 1-6

Tyrone were tried and physically drained after a very spirited Mayo spearheaded by Fiona McHale tried to salvage a poor national league run at Moygownagh.

Mayo had a couple of the big names back and it was evident from the start that they were out to make a mark in this tie. McHale called the shots at midfield while up front Cafferkey hit two wides against the breeze in the opening minutes yet it was Tyrone who got of to a flyer in the opening ten minutes. Begley pointed from distance and Cathy Donnelly opened her account with two well taken points also from play before Ailish Gormley found the Mayo net on ten minutes.

Donnelly involved in the move that saw the Carrickmore forward cut through to fire home. The lead was short lived though as Cafferkey eventually found her range and McHale cut loose with a cracking goal on thirteen minutes.

McGahan then hit the post, Donnelly and Begley struck points and the three Tyrone forwards also went close as Tyrone went in at half time leading 1-6 to 1-2.


Within four minutes of the restart it could have been over as a contest as Tyrone were awarded a penalty. Clodagh Poyntz on as a sub for Jolene Donnelly went through on goal taking a great Begley pass, just as Poyntz tried to release her shot goalkeeper Devine and full back O’ Hora combined to smother the danger in turn clattering the Tyrone forward.

Gemma Begley though saw her penalty kick rattle the post and the danger was averted. Cathy Donnelly kept Tyrone in control though in a close third quarter, her two points well taken as the weather improved slightly. Poyntz latched over another Tyrone point, that could so easily have been a goal. McHale and Herbert points was all Mayo could muster as the very good Tyrone defence stood firm.

Youngster Angie McShane, and Sarah Louise McLaughlin were introduced and Tyrone ended their scoring with Anne Dooher on target with eight minutes to go.

As expected Mayo were throwing everything into attack in these closing stages but again attack after attack as broken down, McLaughlin was unfortunate to be sin-binned in these closing minutes too, adding to he tension and despite two late points from Herbert as well as three wides Tyrone themselves went close at the other end, Begley and Poyntz having chances hit wide. Tyrone’s defence were steady once again, up front there was plenty of movement and Cathy Donnellys contribution of –6 on a day when Begley was given a tight reign by O’Hora was another boost for this Tyrone team.

A great battling display then from the Ulster side, they dug deep and secured the three points leaving the door to the semi-finals still very much ajar yet in the end it was a very good Tyrone victory, a third from four starts …its all down to Sunday now and a meeting of the Ulster big two Tyrone and Armagh.



TYRONE, Sinead McVeigh, Sinead McLaughlin, Maura Kelly, Marie Gallagher, Aishling Hagan, Connie Fox, Grainne Kelly, Arlene McCloskey, Sarah Donnelly, Cathy Donnelly 0-6, Eilish Gormley 1-0, Anne Dooher 0-1, CatrionaMcCahan, Gemma Begley 0-2, Joline Donnelly,


SUBS, Clodagh Poyntz 0-1 For J Donnelly, Angie Mc shane For Fox, Niamh McKernan For McCloskey, Sarah Louise McLaughlin For McGahan, Claire McAliskey For C Donnelly.

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