Mayo boss John O'Mahony was quick to praise his players after they came back from nine points down to force a 2-10 to 1-13 draw with Donegal in Letterkenny. Donegal teenager Michael Murphy marked his NFL debut with two first half goals as the home team led by 2-8 to 0-5 at the break, but Mayo showed huge commitment in the second half. "What happened in the second half was a combined effort of everyone helping each other," said O'Mahony. "In the first half, not only were we conceding possession, but we were not helping each other as much as we need to in certain situations. That changed around after half-time and the lads deserve credit for that." Donegal boss John Joe Doherty added, "I don't know if we deserved a nine-point lead at half-time or not but the goals had a big bearing on the game. We got two and that put a bit of gloss on our halftime lead."

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