Tyrone’s ruthless streak leaves Mayo searching for answers again

It was a Red Hand masterclass at Croke Park while Mayo failed to show up on the big stage

Tyrone’s goalkeeper Niall Morgan and Ronan McNamee celebrate after beating Mayo to win the All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tyrone’s goalkeeper Niall Morgan and Ronan McNamee celebrate after beating Mayo to win the All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Now we know what we were watching through this strange, topsy-turvy football summer that proved all best guesses, all the doubters, all the world, wrong, wrong and wrong again. It was hiding in plain sight: A Red Hand masterclass. The Tyrone manual of how to win.

What a season. Tyrone started the year by scalping the novel Ulster champions, Cavan, and finished with one of their dashing, irresistible raids on Croke Park against the county whose story of tortuous conclusions go on into its eighth decade. Nothing could stop them. Not Donegal. Not Monaghan. Not Kerry. Not the outbreak of the Covid virus and the heated, loose debate which followed. Not the huge wave of sentimental hope for Mayo that spread like wildfire throughout the island all week.

The Irish Times
Please subscribe or sign in to continue reading.
The Irish Times

How can I keep reading?

You’ve reached an article that is only available to Irish Times subscribers.

Subscribe today and get the full picture for just €1 for the first month.

Subscribe No obligation, cancel any time.