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Mayo will be in the mix, says Tyrone’s Cavanagh

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Young Mayo fan Ronan Murphy from Crossmolina couldn’t bear to watch as Tyrone’s Stephen O’Neill stepped up the late penalty kick that beat Mayo in the Allianz Football League last Sunday.
‘I JUST CAN’T WATCH’ Young Mayo fan Ronan Murphy from Crossmolina couldn’t bear to watch as Tyrone’s Stephen O’Neill stepped up the late penalty kick that beat Mayo in the Allianz Football League last Sunday. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Cavanagh:Mayo will be in mix



Mike Finnerty


DESPITE losing for the first time in this year’s Allianz National Football League last Sunday, Mayo will still be ‘in the mix’ at the business end of the championship according to Tyrone midfielder Seán Cavanagh.
The three-time All-Ireland winner was speaking after Tyrone struck late to grab a match-winning goal from a penalty in Castlebar. He also admitted that the visitors had been ‘coasting’ for long stages of last weekend’s match.
“It was probably a wee bit too easy for us getting up to about ten minutes to go. I don’t like to use the word ‘coasting’ but we were in a comfortable position and, obviously, Mayo getting the goal put us on the backfoot,” he said.
“You have to give credit to Mayo, they started coming at us in droves and the crowd got behind them and it was really difficult for us to get our hands on the ball. With a couple of minutes to go it looked as if we were going to lose the game.
“Mayo always have that potential to come at you, a bit like Dublin. They come at you in these waves and they’re very, very hard to stop.
“I suppose only for that long ball at the end, Mayo were looking at a fantastic win from those last seven or eight minutes.
“Mayo are going to be there in August, September this year and, who knows, we may meet somewhere down the line. They’ll be in the mix, we just have to make sure we are,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Mayo centre-forward Richie Feeney said that the team would have to ‘go back to the drawing board’ after a below-par display.
“I think the performance was more disappointing than the result for us,” he explained. “We had a spell during the second half where we could have won it but I don’t think we deserved it, the way we played. We just have to go back to the drawing board and put all our efforts into the next game.”
Mayo’s next outing is against Dublin on Saturday, March 3.

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