Tuesday 22 October 2019

Fionn McDonagh the star man as Mayo record impressive win in Tyrone

Tyrone 0-10 Mayo 2-13

Fionn McDonagh (left) scored 1-3 at Healy Park in Omagh, Tyrone. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Fionn McDonagh (left) scored 1-3 at Healy Park in Omagh, Tyrone. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Fionn McDonagh announced himself to a much wider audience in Omagh's Healy Park as he hit 1-3 in an impressive win for Mayo over Tyrone.

Mayo are always in the market for more scoring power and McDonagh showed pace and ambition to turn the Tyrone defence time and again as the visitors put back-to-back Allianz Div 1 league wins together, following on from their home win over Roscommon last weekend.

This was as good a performance in the league from Mayo for some time and once they overcame a slow start they dominated.

McDonagh's 58th-minute goal, after Aidan O'Shea had spotted him with a quick free, made certain of the points though they were scarcely in doubt once Keith Higgins had found the net late in the first half to open a six-point lead.

The result leaves Tyrone rooted to the bottom of the division with serious questions over their attacking capacity.

Tyrone made the early running with a pointed free from Darren McCurry and a mark from Lee Brennan in the fifth minute but for the next half-hour they added just one more point from Peter Harte as Mayo took over.

Higgins drove them relentlessly from the back and it was that goal on 31 minutes that gave them clear daylight, his acceleration on to Andy Moran's pass and sublime finish with the outside of his right boot as he cut in from the right giving Niall Morgan no chance.

Morgan had come to the rescue minutes earlier to deny Brian Reape a goal after another sweeping move, kickstarted at the other end when Aidan O'Shea dispossessed Mattie Donnelly.

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Patrick Durcan, Lee Keegan and Michael Plunkett were all involved, their swift counterattack teeing up Moran but from a tight angle he opted to square it and Reape couldn't get the shot away quick enough to beat Morgan.

Tyrone's scoring attempts were woeful at times in that first half. Harte was their most industrious forward but tentative shooting saw him drop shots into Robbie Hennelly's arms twice.

Mayo, on the other hand, recovered from a tentative start themselves and grew in confidence with debutant Ciaran Tracey and Fionn McDonagh hitting two points each.

Mayo managed the game well in the second half but still built on their lead.

Harte and Mattie Donnelly worked hard for Tyrone while goalkeeper Niall Morgan came forward to score a sublime point off the outside of his right boot but the Tyrone crowd in the 6,448 will be disappointed by this.

Scorers - Mayo: F McDonagh 1-3, J Doherty 0-3 (1f), A Moran (1f 1m), R Hennelly (1 45, 1f), C Tracey 0-2 each, P Durcan 0-1.

Tyrone: P Harte 0-3 (1f), L Brennan (1m), D McCurry (1f, 1m) 0-2 each, N Morgan, M Donnelly (f) C Grugan all 0-1 each.

Mayo: R Hennelly; S Coen, B Harrison, K Higgins; L Keegan, M Plunkett, P Durcan; D O'Connor, D Vaughan; F McDonagh, A O'Shea, C Tracey; B Reape, J Doherty, A Moran. Subs: C Diskin for Reape (49), J McCormack for Keegan (60), K McLoughlin for Moran (66), D Drake for Coen (69), M Ruane for Tracey (72).

Tyrone: N Morgan; M McKernan, R McNamee, HP McGeary; R Brennan, M Donnelly, T McCann; B Kennedy, D McClure; F Burns, N Sludden, K McGeary; D McCurry, L Brennan, P Harte. Subs: P Hampsey for HP McGeary(h-t), C Grugan for McClure (h-t), K Coney for Burns (40), C McCann for McCurry (46), C Meyler for K McGeary (54)

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan)

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