Tyrone Vs Mayo- 2013 GAA All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi Final

Tyrone’s run in the 2013 All Ireland football championship series ended on Sunday following a 6 point defeat to Connaught champions Mayo. There was a lot of build up to Sunday’s semi final and although Tyrone’s form hadn’t been brilliant, many believed that they could at least make an All Ireland final or perhaps even go all the way and repeat the success of 2003, 2005 and 2008.

Tyrone started the strongest and took an early lead following points from Mc Ginley, Mc Aliskey and Mc Curry. However they were dealt with the major double blow of losing their two key men Peter Harte and Stephen O’Neill in the first half to injury. Soon after, Mayo crept back into the game following some excellent scores from Chris Barrett and Tyrone’s 4 point lead in the first half was soon reduced to 1. Half time score; Tyrone 0-07 Mayo 0-06.

Mayo’s luck continued in the second half when referee Maurice Deegan awarded them a penalty which was converted by Alan Freeman. A series of points followed and Tyrone gradually started to lose grip of the game despite a number of changes from the bench. Sean Cavanagh, Aidan Cassidy and Kyle Coney notched on a few scores more but it was too late as the final whistle blew and Mayo progressed to another All Ireland final.

Full time score; Tyrone 0-13 Mayo 1-16.

Hopefully Tyrone can bounce back again in 2014 and make another stab at taking Sam Maguire back over the border.

The football year is by no means over here however with many clubs ready to get down to action in the Tyrone club championships. See tuned in here to see many of the big games that I will be snapping at over the next few weeks.

The Mayo senior team who have progressed to this year's All Ireland final.

The Mayo senior team who have progressed to this year’s All Ireland final.

 

Captain Stephen o'Neill leads his team out onto the field.

Captain Stephen o’Neill leads his team out onto the field.

 

The Tyrone senior team line out in Croke Park.

The Tyrone senior team line out in Croke Park.

 

Mickey Harte pictured in his 200th game in charge of Tyrone.

Mickey Harte pictured in his 200th game in charge of Tyrone.

 

Gavin Devlin takes part in a warm up drill before the game.

Gavin Devlin takes part in a warm up drill before the game.

 

Pascal McConnell wears the No.1 jersey.

Pascal McConnell wears the No.1 jersey.

 

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The teams take part in the pre-match procession.

The teams take part in the pre-match procession.

 

Croke Park was full of colour on Sunday.

Croke Park was full of colour on Sunday.

 

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The Tyrone bench stand for the national anthem.

The Tyrone bench stand for the national anthem.

 

The Tyrone starting fifteen stand for the anthem. This was taken on a 300mm lens and as the line was so long and I wasn't far enough back, this is actually 2 photos joined together but I don't think anyone could spot where the join line is!

The Tyrone starting fifteen stand for the anthem. This was taken on a 300mm lens and as the line was so long and I wasn’t far enough back, this is actually 2 photos joined together but I don’t think anyone could spot where the join line is!

 

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Peter Harte is forced off the field early in the game.

Peter Harte is forced off the field early in the game.

 

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Aidan O'Shea fights off the tackle from Tyrone's Dermot Carlin.

Aidan O’Shea fights off the tackle from Tyrone’s Dermot Carlin.

 

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Alan Freeman scores the disallowed Mayo goal.

Alan Freeman scores the disallowed Mayo goal.

 

Pascal Mc Connell pushes Aidan O'Shea.

Pascal Mc Connell pushes Aidan O’Shea.

 

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Ciaran Mc Ginley sticks the hand in for a tackle on Chris Barrett.

Ciaran Mc Ginley sticks the hand in for a tackle on Chris Barrett.

 

Mayo's Colm Boyle stays ahead of Tyrone's Connor McAliskey and Sean Cavanagh.

Mayo’s Colm Boyle stays ahead of Tyrone’s Connor McAliskey and Sean Cavanagh.

 

A view of the Hogan Stand.

A view of the Hogan Stand.

 

The decisive second half penalty score from Mayo.

The decisive second half penalty score from Mayo.

 

Connor Mc Aliskey moves ahead into space before Maurice Deegan blows for a free kick.

Connor Mc Aliskey moves ahead into space before Maurice Deegan blows for a free kick.

 

Ryan Mc Kenna's goal bound shot which was blocked by a Mayo foot.

Ryan Mc Kenna’s goal bound shot which was blocked by a Mayo foot.

 

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Darren Mc Curry fists the ball ahead of Keith Higgins.

Darren Mc Curry fists the ball ahead of Keith Higgins.

 

Aidan Cassidy braces himself for a tackle from Ger Cafferkey.

Aidan Cassidy braces himself for a tackle from Ger Cafferkey.

 

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Sean Cavanagh dances around the Mayo defence.

Sean Cavanagh dances around the Mayo defence.

 

A late point from Sean Cavanagh.

A late point from Sean Cavanagh.

 

Managers Mickey Harte and James Horan shake hands after the game.

Managers Mickey Harte and James Horan shake hands after the game.

 

The final whistle blows in Croke Park.

The final whistle blows in Croke Park.

 

Pascal Mc Connell collects his thoughts after the game.

Pascal Mc Connell collects his thoughts after the game.

 

Carrickmore team mates Mark Donnelly and Conor Gormley.

Carrickmore team mates Mark Donnelly and Conor Gormley.

 

Damian Harvey offers a hand of comfort to Conor Gormley.

Damian Harvey offers a hand of comfort to Conor Gormley.

 

Clonoe and Tyrone team mates Connor McAliskey and Mickey O'Neill.

Clonoe and Tyrone team mates Connor McAliskey and Mickey O’Neill.

 

Gavin Devlin and Mickey Harte discuss the game as they walk off the field.

Gavin Devlin and Mickey Harte discuss the game as they walk off the field.

 

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