Tyrone and Mayo have to do it all over again after a cracking All Ireland minor final ended in stalemate yesterday afternoon.
Tyrone left half forward Mattie Donnelly proved to be his side’s hero as he collected a quickly taken free from Kyle Coney to dissect the posts with the last kick of the game.
After a contest that ebbed and flowed from one end to the other a draw was a fair result as Tyrone assistant manager Cathal McAneny acknowledged.
“We knew coming here today that Mayo were a quality side and they showed it out there today.
“We were under no illusions as to the task facing us but, at the end of the day, I have to give enormous credit to our boys the way that they battled to the final whistle.
It may not have been the result that we came here for but there were no cups handed out today and we live to fight another day and we will sit down and analyse the tape and see were we went wrong.
“Mayo started well but we came back and I felt when we got in front we should have pushed on but we missed a number of chances and that almost came back to haunt us.”
The Connaught champions started the better and they led 0-7 to 0-2.
But, the superb Paddy McNeice and Gervin had two points each with Conor O’Neill and midfielder Niall McKenna also on target as Tyrone turned round 0-8 to 0-7 to the good.
Mayo left half back Shane Nally and McNeice exchanged points on the restart before Alex Corduff levelled matters for the Connaught champions.
Tyrone, though, looked as though they were getting on top and when McNeice and Conor O’Neill put them two in front with 12 minutes to go they looked to be on their way.
Mayo responded with Freeman and Walsh on target before a mammoth effort from O’Shea put the Westerners in front.
Tyrone, though, turned a one point deficit into a one point lead with five minutes left to play. As the game entered injury time a free from Walsh put Mayo in front and it looked like being the winning score until Donnelly popped up to be Tyrone’s saviour.
Tyrone - T Harney, F McQuaid, G Teague, R Pickering, S McRory, P Harte, R McNabb, N McKenna [0-1] , M Rodgers, C Gervin [0-3], D McNulty, M Donnelly [0-1], K Coney, P McNeice [0-6], C O’Neill [0-3]. Subs - R Tierney for McRory, S Warnock for Rodgers, B McGarvey for McNabb.
Mayo - R Hennelly, D Dolan, K Keane, J Broderck, S McHale, E Reilly, S Nally [0-1], J Cafferty, G McDonagh, C Freeman [0-4], A O’Shea [0-2], R Geraghty [0-1], K Charlton, A Walsh [0-4] , A Corduff [0-1]. Subs - D Gavin [0-1] for Charlton, D O’Hara for Geraghty.
Referee - R Hickey (Clare)