Friday 15 December 2017

Late Stephen O’Neill penalty downs Mayo

A LATE Stephen O’Neill penalty saw Tyrone preserve their 100pc league record as they pipped Mayo 1-12 to 1-11 in Castlebar.

Mayo looked to be on their way to a second consecutive victory following an impressive second half showing until O’Neill’s intervention.

Three points from Jason Doherty and Lee Keegan were cancelled out by Peter Harte’s brace and points from Sean Kavanagh and Stephen O’Neill.

The sides were 0-4 apiece heading towards half-time but two long range frees from Tyrone keeper Niall Morgan gave Mickey Harte’s side a two point lead at the break.

Mayo came out with renewed vigour in the second half and points from Jason Doherty and Kevin McLoughlin levelled matters but sub Martin Penrose and Cathal McCarron restored Tyrone’s lead.

A brace of frees from McLoughlin were matched by efforts from Sean Kavanagh, Conor McAlliskey, McCurry and McNamee seemed to have put Tyrone in control.

Mayo responded well however and assumed control points from Doherty(2) and Donal Vaughan and close range goal from Keith Higgins put Mayo two points clear with time ticking by but O’Neill had the final say and Tyrone picked up the points.

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