Semi Final - Mayo vs Tyrone live GAA Football 25/8/2013 Sky Stream

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Sunday, August 25
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final
Mayo v Tyrone, Croke Park, 3.30pm


And so there were four. From the 33 teams that took to the starting line at the start of May, we are down to the cream of the crop, the final four, with the first of the All-Ireland semi-finals between Tyrone and Mayo taking place on Sunday in Croke Park.

Back in late May when Donegal blew Tyrone away in the final quarter of the Ulster Championship, few would have predicted that Mickey Harte’s side would outlive the reigning All-Ireland champions, but the Red Hands have proven to be the great survivors of the 2013 championship.

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Mayo-Tyrone

Previous Meetings

1989 S-F: Mayo 0-12 Tyrone 1-6
2004 Q-F: Mayo 0-16 Tyrone 1-9
2008 R3: Tyrone 0-13 Mayo 1-9

Tyrone’s survival skills will be given their biggest test yet when they come face-to-face with the deadliest beast in the jungle at Croke Park on Sunday. After their demolition of Donegal in the All-Ireland quarter-final, James Horan’s Mayo are now the team to beat having taken over that mantle from Dublin with a string of scintillating displays.

Mayo’s average winning margin in championship 2013 has been an incredible 16 points, which was exactly what they beat Donegal by on August 4. They have scored 13 goals in four games, and in the only game they failed to raise a green flag, the Connacht semi-final defeat of Roscommon, they hit 0-21 and had 12 different scorers.

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It was also the third year in a row that the Westerners have dethroned the reigning All-Ireland champions. Mayo, quite simply, have been doing exceptional things this summer, and the expectation now is that they will continue on that sparkling run all the way to the September showpiece and finally end an All-Ireland drought that dates back to 1951.

That narrative doesn’t often feature Mickey Harte’s side too heavily. Tyrone, after all, haven’t been anywhere near as impressive in their run to the semi-finals, starting with that 2-10 to 0-10 defeat at MacCumhaill Park on May 27 before a patchy run through the Qualifiers that included a lucky escape against Roscommon in Round 2.

The Red Hands saved face with wins over Kildare and Meath and then really announced themselves as a serious threat by beating Ulster champions Monaghan by two points in the quarter-final.

Sunday’s game marks another major milestone in Harte’s remarkable management career. He will take charge of his 200th competitive game since taking over the side at the start of the 2003 campaign, and there would probably no more fitting tribute to the great Ballygawley man than for his reconstructed side to reach yet another All-Ireland final, the fourth of his career and his first since the 2008 success.

Harte goes into the game without the suspended Martin Penrose, who is replaced at corner forward by Conor McAliskey. With Conor Gormley available, there is just one change to the defence, where Ryan McKenna gets his chance ahead of Dermot Carlin at corner back.

Mayo manager Horan has unsurprisingly kept faith with the same team that started against Donegal the last day, meaning Keith Higgins continues in the half-forward line and Chris Barrett plays at corner back. Robert Hennelly again starts between the posts with David Clarke and Kenneth O’Malley both still out injured.

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An interesting sub-plot to the game will be the midfield battle, where two sets of brothers will go head-to-head – the O’Sheas of Breaffy for Mayo against the Cavanaghs of Moy for the Red Hands. Seán Cavanagh, as is his wont, may do some wandering further up the field but if he does come up against Aidan O’Shea it will bring together two of the outstanding midfielders in the modern game and two of the form players of the 2013 championship. It’s the ultimate cliché, but the game could well be won and lost in that maelstrom.

The last time the sides met was in Round 3 of the Qualifiers in 2008, when Tyrone won out by 0-13 to 1-9 en route to the third All-Ireland title of the Harte era. Prior to that, they had only met twice before, with Mayo winning in the All-Ireland quarter-final of 2004 and the 1989 semi-final.

There is in inescapable sense of destiny attached to the current Mayo team, but if there is one team capable of poking a stick in the wheels of fate it’s Tyrone with the alchemist Mickey Harte plotting their downfall.

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TYRONE: P McConnell; R McKenna, C Clarke, C McCarron; C McGinley, P Harte, C Gormley; C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh; Matthew Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, Joe McMahon; D McCurry, S O’Neill, C McAliskey.

MAYO: R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, C Barrett; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; A O'Shea, S O'Shea; K McLoughlin, K Higgins, A Dillon; C O'Connor, A Freeman, A Moran.