GAA: Red Hands girls enter the last chance saloon

Kildare's Tara Halligan and Gemma Begley of Tyrone. �INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Kildare's Tara Halligan and Gemma Begley of Tyrone. �INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Tyrone ladies may still be smarting from a hefty defeat at the hands of Donegal in the Ulster semi-final, but there’ll be nowhere to hide if they lose on Saturday in Ballinamore.

The Red Hands ladies go in as second favourites in the TG4 All-Ireland Championship qualifier against a Mayo team which narrowly lost out to Galway in the Connacht decider.

But the experts have been indicating that Mayo showed enough in that provincial exit against the Tribeswomen to suggest that they can still have a major say through the back door.

Experienced playmaker-in-chief Cora Staunton scored 1-15 in the Connacht final and still ended up on the losing side.

But, if the Carnacon star is on top form again, it could be a long Saturday afternoon for a Tyrone team largely reliant on Carrickmore’s Gemma Begley for attacking inspiration.