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Tyrone to ask harder questions of Mayo

Tyrone to ask harder questions

Mike Finnerty

ALTHOUGH last Sunday’s victory over Kerry in the opening round of the Allianz League came without suffering any serious injuries, Mayo manager James Horan will still be waiting on an update from his medical team tonight (Tuesday) before deciding on his selection to face Tyrone next weekend.
Richie Feeney, arguably Mayo’s most impressive performer against Kerry, is one of those who will be monitored closely this week after being substituted due to a leg injury.
Donie Vaughan, who was unable to line out last Sunday due to a hamstring strain, also faces a race against time to be available for selection against Tyrone.
Long-term injured duo Alan Dillon and Evan Regan are also believed to be out of the reckoning until Mayo’s third round clash against Dublin on March 2 while Cillian O’Connor may not feature until even later next month.
A crowd of approximately 8,000 people turned out at McHale Park last Sunday and a similar attendance is expected again next weekend.
It will be Mayo’s first time to play Mickey Harte’s Tyrone in the National League since the sides drew in Castlebar four years ago.
“They’re an ambitious team and looking to do well,” remarked James Horan last Sunday when asked about next Sunday’s opponents. “They’ve a lot of high-calibre players, and we’ve a lot of high-calibre players, so that will be an interesting challenge for us as well.”
“Tyrone are a fine side but we feel that any time we get a team down here to McHale Park we have a good chance,” added Aidan O’Shea.
Mayo have three home games remaining in the NFL in Castlebar, and Burrishoole’s Jason Doherty admitted on Sunday evening that making home advantage count is something that has been spoken about.
“Our aim this year is to make McHale Park a bit of a fortress, so that when teams leave here they know they’ve been in a game.”