Monthly Archives: September 2011

Carrickmore Vs Clonoe

The second game of Sunday afternoon was another replay in the Tyrone SFC quarter final and another East Tyrone Vs West Tyrone tie.

The first half was a drab enough affair with a lot of scores coming from free kicks and virtually neither team breaking through each other’s defence for even a sniff of a goal opportunity. Half time; Clonoe 0-05 Carrickmore 0-03.

The second half continued much the same way until the 50th minute when scores from Carmen’s Mark Donnelly and Brendan Martin levelled the scoreboard at 0-07 each. In injury time, Clonoe had the opportunity to finish the game with a score-able free but it fell short and the game went into extra time.

After a bright start in the first period, Carrickmore found themselves 0-09 to 0-08 down following points from Patrick Doris and Stephen Mc Nulty. In the second period, the 80 minutes of football began to take their toll on some Carrickmore players and cramp set in. Clonoe finished strongly in the second period and came out 0-11 to 0-08 winners.

Neighbours Derrylaughan Kevin Barry’s now await a stern test against Damien Cassidy’s O’Rahilly’s in the Tyrone SFC semi-final in a fortnight.

Clonoe captain, Ciaran Lynch, leads his players onto the field. I used my wide lens for this photo and kept the camera close to ground level to get the best effect from it.


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Dromore Vs Ardboe (Replay)

Ardboe and Dromore locked horns again on Sunday afternoon in the Power N.I. Tyrone Senior Championship, quarter final replay, this time in Edendork.

The rain that fell during the first half was something of biblical proportions with Edendork descending into virtual darkness (at 3.20pm) before the heavens opened on everyone a few minutes later – below are a couple of photos of how bad it was. This was the worst shower of the game but others did come and go throughout the rest of the afternoon.

Very little divided these two teams 2 weeks ago and it was a case of the same on Sunday. Ardboe started strongly and went 0-04 to 0-01 up but it was Conor O’Neill’s goal for Dromore and subsequent scores that saw them go in 1-04 to 0-04 up at half time.

The second half was just as exciting with both teams playing an attacking style of football and giving all they had. Dromore maintained a reasonably comfortable lead until the last few minutes of full time. Confusion amongst the Ardboe forwards regarding what to do with a 20m free kick resulted in Dromore breaking with the ball and running up the field in a swift counter-attack to score their second goal and secure the game.

The now traditional Ardboe Vs Dromore melee soon broke out at this and it took a few minutes until order was restored but by this stage the game was effectively over as a contest. Full time score; Dromore 2-08 Ardboe 0-09.

Dromore will now take on Omagh in a tasty semi-final tie!


Ardboe line out for the team photo at Edendork.


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Derrylaughan Vs Moortown

The second game at Coalisland on Saturday was disappointing compared to the thriller that preceded it. Loughshore neighbours, Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys and Moortown, took each other on in the N.I. Power Tyrone Senior Championship quarter final in front of a healthy crowd.

In the first half, I felt there was an overall lack of intensity that one would expect from a senior championship game. Both teams exchanged scores and it was Moortown that went in 0-07 to 0-05 up at half time.

The second half was better thankfully. Colm Robinson, Ciaran Quinn and Kevin Coary scored 1-4 between them in the opening 10 minutes and Derrylaughan went 1-08 to 0-07 up. Moortown were shellshocked! Derrylaughan added further scores to go 6 points ahead and it was only a late goal from Moortown’s Peter Devlin that gave them a chance to get back into the lead. However, they couldn’t build on this and although Moortown searched for another goal deep into injury time, Derrylaughan held on for a 1-13 to 1-10 victory and a semi-final tie against the winners of this weekend’s Carrickmore Vs Clonoe replay.

Ciaran Quinn gets a shot in at the Moortown goals in the first half.

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Galbally Vs Rock

On Saturday, Galbally Pearses took on the Rock in the NI Power Intermediate Championship, quarter final in Coalisland.

This was an exciting and open game of football from the very start and Galbally claimed a semi-final place with the minimum to spare. A wet and slippery surface made play difficult for both teams in the opening half following a heavy shower of rain and it was Galbally that went in 0-06 to 0-05 up at half time.

In the second half, Galbally surprisingly only scored twice (both in the first 5 minutes) compared to Rock’s six scores but most importantly, Galbally’s two scores were two goals and as we all know, goals win games! Galbally went for 25 minutes without scoring again while Rock steadily clawed their way back but time was against Rock and they were eventually beaten by the clock. Final Score; Galbally 2-06 Rock 0-11.

Galbally breathed a huge sigh of relief as they really were on the back foot for most of the second half but they did enough to earn a semi-final tie against Stewartstown Harps. Well done to the Pearses!

Conor Mc Creesh is surrounded by Galbally players.


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Coalisland Vs Omagh

A large crowd braved the autumnal elements on Sunday evening in Dunmoyle to see Coalisland na Fianna take on Omagh St. Endas in the quarter final of the Tyrone SFC.

Omagh started terrifically with a well worked move from Ronan O’Neill which ended in a goal from Cathal Mc Carron inside the first 2 minutes.  Paddy Mc Niece and Eoghan Carberry soon added points for Coalisland and Conor Clarke picked up two points of his own for Omagh to leave the half time score; Omagh 1-03 Coalisland 0-04.

As the light fell in the second half and the wind continued to howl, Coalisland made the brighter start following points from Brian Toner and Stephen Mc Nally but they were dealt a blow when team captain, Peter Donnelly, was sent off for an off the ball incident. Ronan O’Neill continued to get more scores on the board for Omagh but a Paddy Mc Niece free kick deep into injury time  levelled the sides 0-10 to 1-07 and resulted in yet another drawn Championship game this weekend.

Omagh's Hugh Gallagher and Coalisland's Peter Donnelly shake hands before the throw-in.

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Loughmacrory Vs Eskra

On Sunday, Dunmoyle was the venue for the Power N.I. Tyrone Intermediate and Senior championship double header. I didn’t arrive to this game until half time and the weather conditions were pretty awful with a strong blowing wind and rain affecting the overall quality of the game and  poor natural light didn’t make photographing great either for me.

It was a low scoring encounter with Eskra securing a last minute equalizer to draw 0-06 to 0-06 and bring the game to a replay. I didn’t get many decent photos but below are a few anyway.


Enda Ward attacks for Loughmacrory in the driving winds.

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Ardboe Vs Dromore

The second game on Friday night was a repeat of the epic 2009 Tyrone SFC final between Ardboe and Dromore and what a tie it was too.

A considerable breeze had started to blow across Healy Park and this made shooting difficult for each team’s forwards. The Mc Guigan brothers and Kyle Coney struck points for Ardboe and Colm Mc Cullagh and Eoin Mc Cusker split the posts for Dromore but it was Ardboe that went in at half time with a 0-06 to 0-05 lead. Dromore were also reduced to 14 men before the break after Fabian O’Neill picked up two yellow cards.

Both teams remained only one point apart from each other until the 28th minute when Kyle Coney’s point put Ardboe 0-10 to 0-08 ahead with less than 2 minutes ordinary time left. At this point, 3 minutes injury time was called but this time was filled up by some Ardboe players deliberately fouling and preventing Dromore (by any means possible) making their way up the field. More players were booked during this time (including 2 more sendings off in the second half) but Dromore kept their head and reduced the deficit to one point and then Colm Mc Cullagh held his nerve to score an equalizing free kick in the 38th minute to produce a replay.

It was a fiery and heart-thumping end to the game and tempers were boiling over amongst the Ardboe players and supporters at the manner of the 9 minutes injury time (in their eyes) but a draw was a fair result on the night and each team will get a second stab at a semi-final place in the not too distant future.

The Dromore team line out in Healy Park on Friday night.

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Stewartstown Vs Augher

The Power N.I. Tyrone Intermediate championship quarter finals got under way on Friday night in Healy Park with Stewartstown Harps taking on Augher. The Harps have been on a high the past few weeks following the opening of their clubrooms, their narrow first round championship victory over Gortin and then their youth team won the Ulster Óg Sport title only last weekend.

It was Augher though that made the brighter start taking a 1-01 to 0-00 lead after 5 minutes. But Stewartstown got onto the score board thanks to a goal from the penalty spot by Ryan Devlin and points from Gareth ‘Mannies’ Devlin to give them a 1-5 to 1-2 lead at half time.

The two sides continued to exchange points early in the second half until Stewartstown conceded a penalty in the 49th minute and when Liam Connolly netted from the spot, it gave Augher a slender 2-5 to 1-7 lead. However, this happened to be Augher’s last score of the night as Stewartstown’s Gareth Devlin, Anton Coyle and Peter Armour added further points to ensure went out 1-12 to 2-05 winners.

This game was a test for the Mullaghmoyle boys but one which they overcame comfortably in the end and they will be glad to be the first team through to the Intermediate Championship semi-finals.

Sean Hackett scored something of a wonder-goal in the opening 3 minutes of the game thanks to a wonderful solo display.

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Killeeshil Vs Dungannon Clarkes

On Saturday evening, the final round of ACL club games in Tyrone were concluded with a lot at stake at both ends of the table across the three divisions for many teams. I went to Kennedy Park to see the Division 3 league title decider between Killeeshil and Dungannon Clarkes. There were a lot of mathematical formulas and “what-ifs” being discussed in the days before the game as Killeeshil, Dungannon, Brocagh and my own club of Aghaloo were all close to the top spot but things worked out simple enough in the end.

The opening 15 minutes was an even affair with both teams splitting the posts but it wasn’t until the last 10 minutes of the half that Killeeshil took a comfortable lead of 0-09 to 0-04 at half time.

Dungannon Clarkes displayed a remarkable come-back in the second half and Killeeshil found it difficult to deal with the athleticism and speed of Kiefer Morgan and Sean Molloy to name two. The Clarkes brought the score line back to 0-10 to 0-08 and then to 0-13 to 0-12 in the dying minutes of the game ensuring an exciting finale as they tried to get the ball into the back of the net for the league title. But it wasn’t meant to be as Gary Reilly scored the last point of the day to make the final score 0-14 to 0-12 and a return to Intermediate football next year for the hoops.

It was nice to see my neighbouring parish do the business on Saturday (especially after Aghaloo were defeated by Drumquin) but they will need to be on the top of their game next weekend when they take on Aghaloo in the Power N.I. Tyrone Junior Championship Quarter Final – a cracking tie indeed especially after their league encounter back in June which Aghaloo won by one point!

A pacey Sean Molloy gets ahead of Killeeshil's Brian Mc Kenna.

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