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O'Shea: Mayo needed to make amends
02 Mar 2015 07:07
Putting to right the below-par performance against Tyrone was foremost in Mayo's minds for their Allianz Football League Division 1 clash against Monaghan, says Aidan O'Shea.
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Three weeks ago the westerners left their shooting boots home in what was sloppy display against Mickey Harte's men, who were full value for their four-point success.
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"We didn’t play well and we weren’t the Mayo we know we can be," was O'Shea's reflections on Mayo's last outing when speaking to RTÉ Sport.
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"We wanted to put that right today and we achieved that," he added.
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The westerners ran out 3-15 to 0-11 winners at McHale Park in a match where Monaghan had two players sent off.
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O'Shea helped himself to a second-half goal - the first of Mayo's three green flags - a score he felt put his side firmly in the driving seat after a tight opening 35 minutes.
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"I thought we played well in the first half but didn’t put it on the scoreboard. I had a goal chance myself, so did a few others," said the Breaffy clubman.
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"The turning point was Stephen Gollogly getting sent off. It gave us a chance to re-group at half-time and use the extra-man to our advantage.
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"In fairness Monaghan came out well in the second half. Darren Hughes came on and made a big difference. But our first goal was a momentum-changer for us at the right time,
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"In the second half we were a lot more clinical and you can see that from the three goals we got."
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Mayo joint-manager Pat Hlmes felt that the three-week break since the Tyrone gave his side a chance to work on their fitness levels.
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"We worked hard in that time and we knew coming in today that we were at a better fitness level than we were against Tyrone," he said.
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