Photo: Mayo Mick
It’s a wet and miserable Monday morning and I’m afraid there’s nothing in the papers this morning to help lift the mood. All I can do, then, is gather them up into a heap for anyone who may be interested in deepening their gloom a bit further.
For those who are still unsure about that last-minute penalty award, the nationals aren’t all that helpful in illuminating what exactly happened. Cliona Foley in her report for the Irish Independent reckons that Mark Donnelly “was taken down”, Keith Duggan in the Irish Times says the Tyrone man “was bundled over by several Mayo men as he went to shoot” while Mike Finnerty in the Irish Examiner states that Donnelly “was held back as he pulled on the loose ball”. Despite these varying accounts of what they saw, none of these scribes cast any doubt on the validity of the decision by Maurice Deegan to award the penalty.
Mike is the only one who got a few post-match quotes from James Horan and the boss was typically forthright in his assessment of our performance yesterday:
We didn’t play smart today at all, in the entire game. We were too slow moving the ball from midfield, Tyrone were dropping guys back, and we played right into their hands for a large part of that game. You can’t play for ten minutes and expect to win a National League game. We didn’t deserve to win the game. We could have snatched it, but didn’t. We came up a Tyrone team that are going well. Usually we figure it out during a game but we didn’t at all today.
It’s difficult to argue with a single word of that. The key thing for James and his team now is to get to the bottom of why we performed the way we did yesterday and to do what’s necessary to ensure that we perform a whole load better when we face the Dubs at Croke Park in three weeks time. Otherwise we’re in for a rough ride that night.
Seeing as opinion appears to be so divided on the penalty award and, at the risk of picking at the scab, I think it might be worth having a quick poll on the issue. Off with you now:
Was Maurice Deegan's decision to award Tyrone that last-minute penalty correct?
- Yes (55%, 54 Votes)
- No (45%, 45 Votes)
Total Voters: 99