Darragh Ó Sé: Mayo fail to do the basics right when it really matters

Champions Tyrone were better tuned into the terms and conditions of the final

Darren McCurry finishes for Tyrone’s second goal after Conor McKenna draws the defence and provides the astute pass. When the chance came and the right thing had to be done, all that practice and training clicked into place and they buried Mayo without having to even think about it. Photograph: Jams Crombie/Inpho

Darren McCurry finishes for Tyrone’s second goal after Conor McKenna draws the defence and provides the astute pass. When the chance came and the right thing had to be done, all that practice and training clicked into place and they buried Mayo without having to even think about it. Photograph: Jams Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland finals are merciless occasions. They don’t care who you are or what you’ve been through or how far you’ve come. They are over so quickly that there’s no time for anything other than cold, calculated professionalism. You either turn up ready for business or you spend the winter wondering what happened to you.

I always watch finals with a few fundamental questions in my head. Who has grasped what’s needed here? Which team has turned up with a clear idea of what has to be done to come out the other side of it smiling? How many players on either side truly get it?

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