Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

Mayo Masters power way past Tyrone

Mayo continued their dominance of the All-Ireland Masters Football competition with a 1-08 to 0-07 victory over Tyrone in Abbeylara.

Mayo, champions in 2006 and 2007 and beaten finalists in 2008, started brightly and Johnnie Leonard opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a point from play. Tyrone soon levelled matters with a point from Hugh Quinn.

Ger Butler tapped over a free for Mayo, but Tyrone were starting to get on top and John McIlhome evened things up in the 12th minute.

Tyrone kept Mayo pinned back for long periods and took the lead in the 17th minute with a point from Vinny Owens.

Hugh Quinn sent a rasper narrowly wide, before Paul Jordan levelled for Mayo. Tyrone added three further points through two frees from Eamonn Kavanagh and Fergal Gormley whilst Noel Stagg replied for Mayo to leave Tyrone ahead at the break, 0-6 to 0-4.

In the second-half Mayo dominated and narrowed the gap with a point from Michael Walsh.

Tyrone were struggling at the back, and in the 14th minute Leonard blasted to the net to give Mayo a lead they never lost.

The Ulster side narrowed the gap with their only score of the second-half, a free from Kavanagh in the 19th minute.

The Mayo forwards continued to run at their opponents and three points in the last ten minutes from Kieran Gallagher two frees, and Leonard from play saw them lead by four with time almost up.

Sean Darcy for Tyrone did have a chance of a goal, but his shot was well smothered by Mayo goalkeeper Declan O’Boyle.

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