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Mayo learn a valuable lesson after Tyrone game

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Mayo’s Mickey Conroy tries to hold off Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh and Peter Harte during Sunday’s National League match in Castlebar.
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?Mayo’s Mickey Conroy tries to hold off Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh and Peter Harte during Sunday’s National League match in Castlebar.?Pic: Michael Donnelly

Mayo learn a valuable lesson


Donal Vaughan takes the long-term view

Mike Finnerty

THE lessons that Mayo can learn from Sunday’s disappointing National League defeat to Tyrone could be more valuable in the long term than the two points lost, according to Donal Vaughan.
Mayo’s newly-converted midfielder said that he was ‘frustrated’ by the fact that he and his team-mates ‘executed our skills quite poorly’ last weekend.
Vaughan also admitted that he had expected Tyrone to set up defensively but felt that Mayo still had ‘created enough chances to win the game but didn’t take them’.
“It was a frustrating game for us, not with Tyrone, but for ourselves,” the Ballinrobe clubman told The Mayo News.
“We dropped balls into the keeper’s hands, kicked handy wides, had hand-passes going behind fellas ...
“We were disappointed with that. We’d have certain standards when we take to the field every day and we didn’t hit them.
“We had 15 wides, I’m not sure how many chances we created, but I do know we created enough chances to win the game. We just didn’t take them.”
Tyrone’s ultra-defensive set-up and blanket defence formation has been a big talking point in the aftermath of Sunday’s match.
Mickey Harte’s side restricted Mayo to just 1-2 from play over the 70 minutes and, at times, Tyrone had 15 players behind the ball.  
As a result, Mayo struggled to get into their normal stride.
“Northern teams have a certain style of football and it’s part of the game. I’d be more frustrated with the way we played,” observed Donal Vaughan.
“Tyrone play very defensively, a lot of teams do, personally I was expecting it to be very defensive.
“We’ve gone through it in training and we’ve played the likes of Donegal before, ultra-defensive teams. We’ve done very well and put up big scores against them.”
Mayo now have three weeks before taking on Monaghan in round three in Castlebar on Sunday, March 1.