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Your heart would go out to players and fans, says ex-Mayo manager John O’Mahony

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A Mayo supporter looks on during Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

A Mayo supporter looks on during Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

A Mayo supporter looks on during Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Mayo supporters are feeling the effects of Saturday’s loss to Tyrone in the All-Ireland final.

As many are still trying to come to terms with the team’s latest failure to bring home Sam Maguire, former Mayo manager John O’Mahony has admitted Tyrone deserved to win.

“It’s disappointing but the better team on the day won,” he said, speaking on Midwest Radio.

Mr O’Mahony said the difference between the two teams was Tyrone’s ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

“The difference here is Mayo created goal chances and Tyrone took them – and that’s the ultimate difference.

“At half-time, I said this game is going to be about who pulls the trigger in the second half. Looking back, Tyrone pulled the trigger on the sideline with the introduction of (Cathal) McShane and they pulled it on the field with the precision with which they took their two goals.”

Mr O’Mahony acknowledged that supporters were confident in the run-up to the game. He has no doubt they will come back again next year.

“The novelty of this Tyrone/Mayo final was outstanding because Mayo’s record against Tyrone was quite good, so I suppose there was a great feeling in the county and a great feeling among supporters.

“Your heart would go out to the players, but to the supporters as well because there was a lot of disappointment following the final whistle. But I’ve no doubt the Mayo supporters will come again and again.”

The former Fine Gael TD led Mayo to an All-Ireland final appearance in 1989 and Leitrim to a Connacht title in 1994, before guiding Galway to Sam Maguire success in 1998 and 2001.

Mayo native and broadcaster Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin posted on Twitter: “Oh well. The final hasn’t brought about our best days, but it did for the Tyrone team today. We’ll always support the county. Maigh Eo abú.”

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The official Mayo Twitter account posted: “Disappointing day for our lads but well done to Tyrone on your win.”


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