Monthly Archives: April 2012

Tyrone Vs Kildare – NFL Division 2 Final

It was unlucky 13 for Tyrone on Sunday when after recording 12 wins from 12 in 2012, they came up short in Sunday’s Division 2 Final against Kildare in Croke Park and missed out in lifting their second piece of silverware this year.

A small troop of Tyrone followers travelled down to Croke Park on Sunday but they were well in truly outnumbered by the Lilywhite supporters. A cutting cold wind and strong breeze blew from the Hill 16 end into the Canal Stand throughout the game and this was the direction Tyrone played in the first half. However a lack of supply of ball into Owen Mulligan and Stephen O’Neill meant that they never capitalized on the strong breeze and went in 0-07 to 0-06 down at half time.

Kildare continued to use Croke Park’s space far better than Tyrone in the second half and continued to win possession in the middle of the field and rarely lose it. Tyrone however took too much from the ball, dropped it, kicked it away and squandered a couple of opportunities  that might have changed the flow of the game. In the final 7 minutes or so, Kildare added more points to the scoreboard and the game was effectively over for Tyrone then. Full Time score; Kildare 0-16 Tyrone 0-11.

Tyrone: J Curran, A McCrory, C Gormley, PJ Quinn, C McCarron, P Harte, D McCaul, A Cassidy, C Cavanagh, R McNabb, M Donnelly, S Cavanagh, O Mulligan, N McKenna, S O’Neill.

It was the weakest Tyrone performance of the year so far in my opinion and it would have been nice to finish the League campaign on a high but if it helps them to regroup and refocus for the Ulster Championship in 5 weeks time then it will all be worth it!

Here are some of my photos…. nothing that exciting from this game I’m afraid!

Sean Cavanagh and Mark Donnelly warm up before the game.


A minute's silence was held before the game for former Eglish and Tyrone player Paul 'Buzzer' Hughes who passed away at a very young age during the week.


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Edendork Vs Derrylaughan

The second round of Tyrone ACL games took place at the weekend and I went to the Division 1 encounter between Edendork and Derrylaughan.

Edendork got off to a strong start when Harry Og Conlon scored a goal in the opening 30 seconds and Stephen Gervin added a second goal before half time to go in with a comfortable 2-03 to 0-02 lead over Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys.

A rejuvenated Derrylaughan side came out in the second half and a few points in quick succession in the opening 5 minutes saw them reduce the Dork lead to 3 points. The decision making of referee Martin Sludden clearly added to Edendork’s frustration as Derrylaughan continued to add scores from free kicks and then level the scoreline. Two red cards later and a growing sense of confidence amongst the Loughshore men saw them take the lead and then eventually win on a scoreline of 2-07 to 0-15.

It’s back to the county scene next weekend for me hopefully as Tyrone play Kildare in the NFL Division 2 final in Croker!!

Ciaran Gervin leaps into action for Derrylaughan.


James Kennedy gets away with a handling error in the first half in his goal mouth.


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Carrickmore Vs Errigal Ciaran

It was a fine, dry day in Carrickmore on Sunday for photographs and the Tyrone ACL Division 1 game between rivals Carmen and Errigal Ciaran. As Carrickmore have recently resown their main pitch that holds the famous Nally Stand from Croke Park, the training pitch is currently being used for all games.

Carrickmore (under new manager Dominic Corrigan) and Errigal Ciaran (under new manager Ronan Mc Guckin) provided an entertaining and physical game of football for the crowd. It was Errigal Ciaran that got off to the much brighter start with a Peter Harte goal and points from Darren Canavan and Thomas Canavan. However, Mark Donnelly struck back with a goal of his own and left only 2 points between the sides at H.T. Carrickmore; 1-04 Errigal Ciaran 1-06.

Errigal again continued to produce the better football in the second half and continued to dominate in midfield with Enda Mc Ginley catching a lot of ball. Tempers flared momentarily when a brief scuffle between Ciaran Fox and Michael Mc Crory resulted in 2 straight red cards but it looked to be Errigal’s day when Ronan Mc Crory put them 3 points ahead. That’s wasn’t the end of the script for Carmen though as a good run by Caolan Daly and fist pass into the square saw Barry Daly bundle the ball into the net past John Devine for an injury time equaliser. Full time score; Carrickmore 2-08 Errigal Ciaran 1-11.

Errigal Ciaran will be disappointed with how they let their solid play and lead throughout the game slip while Carrickmore will be relieved to have grabbed a point.

Below are some of my action photos from the game….

Carrickmore's Conor Gormley clears the ball away from the end line and the gazes of Darren Canavan.


Carrickmore's James Nugent is caught under pressure from the Errigal men.


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Killeeshil Vs Stewartstown

Tyrone club football started back this weekend across all three divisions after a 2 week delay due to the Tyrone U21’s progress to the Ulster Championship final. It was great to get back to the local club GAA action after snapping a lot of Tyrone games the past 3 months and on Saturday I made the short journey down to newly promoted Division 2 side Killeeshil for their game against Stewartstown Harps.

Killeeshil made the brighter start with a goal from Ciaran O’Neill but Gareth Devlin responded with a goal from the penalty spot. Killeeshil didn’t let their heads drop though at HT it was 1-05 apiece.

In the second half, both sides made a lot of mistakes and squandered opportunities but the other team never capitalized on them. The game could have went either way towards the end but Stewartstown pulled off a slender 1-12 t0 1-09 win over the Hoops – it’s fair to say they made more work for themselves than was necessary in getting their first 2 points of the season but they will be happy with the away win.

Gareth Devlin warms up before the game for Stewartstown Harps.



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Tyrone Vs Cavan – Ulster U21 Final

On Wednesday night in Brewster Park, I experienced a bad case of deja-vu when Tyrone Under 21’s took on Cavan in a repeat of last year’s Ulster U21 championship final. The similarities to last year’s final were almost eerie – the opposition was the same, the location was the same, the game ran a similar pattern and unfortunately the final score was the same.

From the throw in, an immediate high ball into the Tyrone goal zone resulted in a foul and a penalty being rewarded to Cavan… after the first 30 seconds, Tyrone found themselves 1-00 to 0-00 down. This also happened in the 2011 final when Cavan scored a goal after 12 seconds. From that point on, Tyrone were chasing the game. They did level the game at 1-01 to 0-04 following points from Harry Og Conlon, Richard Donnelly and Darren Mc Curry but went in trailing by 2 points at half time; Cavan 1-04 Tyrone 0-05.

The second half saw a rise in intensity and physicality amongst the Breffni boys that Tyrone at times could not match. Numerous changes were made from the sidelines but they were to no avail as Cavan matched every point that Tyrone struck and Tyrone never looked like penetrating the Cavan defence to score the goal they needed to level the game. Full time score; Cavan 1-10 Tyrone 0-10…… the same score as last year!

It was another disappointing end to the season for a Tyrone U21 team that had so much potential but no doubt this won’t be the last we’ll see of a lot of these talented players.

Tyrone U21: 1 Darren McAnenly, 2 Barry Tierney, 3 Dean McNally, 4 Hugh Pat McGeary, 5 Niall Sludden, 6 Sean Warnock, 7 Tiernan McCann, 8 Harry Og Conlon, 9 Conor Clarke, 10 Stefan Tierney, 11 Thomas Canavan, 12 Richard Donnelly, 13 Darren McCurry, 14 Conor McAliskey, 15 Caolan Daly

The Tyrone U21 starting fifteen line out for the national anthem.


Tyrone U21 manager Raymond Munroe observes his players warming up.


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Tyrone Vs Monaghan

Having already secured promotion to Division 1 football for 2013, Tyrone treated their seventh round game against Monaghan like any other… a win was a must! And win they did on Sunday in Healy Park over a weakened Monaghan side that have been actually fighting their own battle in Division 2, except this was at the relegation end.

It was a grey, overcast day in Omagh with rain falling steadily throughout the whole game – in fact it was nearly a replica of the conditions that  Tyrone last played Monaghan in last May in the Ulster Championship, although the rain just wasn’t as heavy thankfully.

Tyrone dominated throughout the first half again with some quality scores coming from the boot of Kyle Coney, Colm Cavanagh and Owen Mulligan and were unlucky not to be further ahead when a Kyle Coney goal was disallowed (wrongly) for a square ball. There were few Monaghan scores and by half time Tyrone lead 0-10 to 0-03.

The second half didn’t flow as freely for Tyrone however. A grittier Monaghan side came out in the second half and were rewarded with a goal after 20 seconds …. the first goal Tyrone have conceded in this year’s league campaign. Tyrone were further rocked by the loss of Mickey Murphy and Sean Cavanagh with injuries and hence the scores weren’t as forthcoming. Monaghan closed the gap to 3 points at one stage but a late scoring rally from Tyrone with points from Kyle Coney and a Cathal Mc Carron goal late in the game ensured Tyrone’s 100% winning record was safe. Full time; Tyrone 1-16 Monaghan 1-06.

Tyrone: P McConnell, A McCrory, Justin McMahon, PJ Quinn, C McCarron (1-1), P Harte (0-1), R McMenamin, M Murphy, C Cavanagh (0-1), R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, S Cavanagh (0-2), K Coney (0-8, 5 f), S O’Neill, O Mulligan (0-3 3f).

Subs: C Gormley for McMahon, N McKenna for S Cavanagh, A Cassidy for Murphy, P McNeice for O’Neill, D Carlin for Quinn.

As I have said before, this is a very exciting time in Tyrone football – their performances in 2012 have been, on the whole, very convincing sweeping aside all sides by 5 points + and there is a real sense of belief and energy amongst the players and the management team. The stats also tell the same story too:

 – Won 12 out of 12 games in 2012!

– 34 players used in the National League so far.

– 16 different scorers

– Scoring average of 16 points per game, conceding 10 points per game.

Let’s hope this can continue, not only for the Division 2 Final on the 29th April in Croke Park against Kildare….. a repeat for their first round game in February, but for the all important Ulster Championship and All-Ireland campaign.

Below are some action photos and a few from the meet n’ greet session the players had with the supporters after the game.

Sean Cavanagh and Conor Clarke warm up before the game.


Mark Donnelly is stopped in his tracks by the Monaghan defence.


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