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3 big game talking points against Tyrone

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UPS AND DOWNS Mayo’s Stephen Coen drives forward as Tyrone’s Conor McKenna takes a tumble during Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Pic: Sportsfile

Stephen Coen’s display

POSITIVES from last Saturday’s defeat to Tyrone have been hard to come by from a Mayo perspective, with the obvious exception of the magnificent performance of Lee Keegan, which is well-documented elsewhere on these pages.
However, the herculean display of Stephen Coen should not go without mention either.
The Hollymount/Carramore man put in a wonderful shift — arguably one of his best ever in a Mayo jersey — as he curbed the influence of Mattie Donnelly and drove Mayo on at the same time.
Coen drove over an inspirational first half point and ran himself into the ground.

Mayo’s final squad
AFTER all the pre-match speculation about who was fit and who wasn’t in the Mayo squad, and who would make the bench and who wouldn’t, we got our answers on Saturday evening.
It turned out that Eoghan McLaughlin had not recovered sufficiently from the double fracture in his jaw, while Darren McHale was not in a position to tog out either due to a rib injury.
So fit-again Oisin Mullin and Bryan Walsh replaced them in the starting team.
And into the subs came Rory Brickenden from Westport and Aidan Orme from Knockmore, with Orme coming off the bench late on to make just his second championship appearance.

Criticism crosses the line
ONE of the most disappointing, dispiriting and shameful aspects of Mayo’s defeat to Tyrone has been the level of vitriol and personal abuse aimed at a small number of Mayo players on social media, and in one national newspaper, in particular.
There has been nothing fair, reasonable, balanced, objective or constructive about any of this criticism. They are personal attacks that are designed to inflict maximum damage to a person’s reputation and good name.
How anyone can feel that amateur players can be singled out in this way for scathing personal attacks is beyond comprehension. It reflects poorly on all concerned.

Mike Finnerty

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