Published Sunday, 25 August 2013
Mayo's Donal Vaughan and Conor Clarke of Tyrone (© Presseye)
Tyrone and Mayo started the game with real purpose with both sides striking the woodwork in the opening two minutes in front of 65,345 people on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams were also forced into early subs because of injury to Tyrone's Peter Harte and Mayo's Cillian O'Connor.
It was Tyrone who took command of the game - racing into a three point lead midway through the first half - as Mayo first had a goal disallowed (25) then somehow missed a free from a matter of yards a minute later.
However, the pre-match favourites clawed their way back into the game with some long distance points and went into the break only one point behind Tyrone with the scores at 0-6 to 0-7.
Mayo looked a different side in the second period.
Alan Freeman converted a disputed penalty shortly after the restart after Colm Doyle was brought down.
Tyrone had their chances to get back into the game but sent several good chances wide.
Mayo were also guilty of some wayward finishing but fired over a total of ten points in the second half compared to just six from Tyrone.
It was Mickey Harte's 200th game in charge of the side.
The Red Hand County were looking to clinch a fourth All-Ireland final in ten years but it's Mayo who make back-to-back finals.
They will play the winners of Kerry and Dublin in the final next month. The second semi-final takes place at Croke Park next weekend.
"It was very pleasing to win an All-Ireland semi-final, but we didn't play well," Mayo manager James Horan said in the post-match press conference.
Meanwhile, Mayo are also through to the All-Ireland minor final following a 3-19 -1-12 win over Monaghan on Sunday afternoon.
Mayo will play Roscommon or Tyrone in the final.
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