A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK Tyrone’s Darragh Canavan shoots to score his side’s second goal as Mayo’s Oisin Mullin closes in during Sunday’s National League match in Castlebar. Pic: Sportsfile
1 Home advantage not counting
THERE is definitely something about MacHale Park when it comes to Mayo’s record there in the National League.
Consider this statistic: going back to the start of the 2015 season, Mayo have played 21 league matches in the county ground.
They have won only seven of them, drawn one, and lost 13.
Sure, two of this season’s defeats (against Kerry and Tyrone) were only by a single point, but the fact remains Mayo have not been making home advantage count too often in league games.
In fact, in the last three seasons they have only won three of their ten home matches.
That record eventually caught up with Mayo last Sunday.
2 Mayo squad generates debate
THERE was plenty of debate and discussion around Mayo’s match-day squad last Sunday, especially in light of the result and the consequences of the defeat.
It was interesting to note that, for the second game in a row, the likes of Rob Hennelly, Colm Boyle, Donie Vaughan, Tom Parsons, Seamie O’Shea, Eoin O’Donoghue, Fergal Boland and James Carr were not included.
Keith Higgins had been an unused sub’ against Galway but didn’t get a jersey on Sunday, while Chris Barrett kept his tracksuit on for the second week in a row. Other players who have sat on the bench for the last two games, but haven’t got a run yet, are Rory Byrne, Michael Plunkett, Rory Brickenden and Jordan Flynn.
Among those who forced their way into James Horan’s match-day panel last weekend were Paul Towey (who came on late on) and Darren McHale who didn’t get any game-time.
3 Tyrone’s record in Castlebar
BELIEVE it or not but Mayo haven’t beaten Tyrone at MacHale Park since 1992, that’s the stark reality after last Sunday’s defeat. The counties have played seven times in all in Castlebar over the last 28 years with Tyrone winning five of those games.
There have been two draws.
For the record, Ray Dempsey and TJ Kilgallon scored the goals in Mayo’s 2-12 to 1-11 victory over the Red Hands on October 10, 1992.