By Tomas Mulcahy.
The biggest test in the 2013 championship to date for Mayo yielded a positive return and another place in an All Ireland Final.
It was nothing like the performance the last day against Donegal, but when they had to dig deep in the second half they answered a lot of questions for themselves first, and to the football public next.
It seemed at stages in the first half that they were struggling to come to terms with the tactical acumen of Tyrone and the launches of point of attack coming from the short kickouts by their goalkeeper.
They were never allowed to get into their stride and made error after error, and at times lost so much composure on the ball that it was like back to the old days.
Tyrone to their credit came out of the blocks early and kicked spectacular points and seemed to be in the driving seat early on, but the loss of Peter Harte and Stephen O’Neill unsettled them. At seven points to three ahead they began to unfold to lead by just one point at half time, but things had begun to unravel for them.
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