Monthly Archives: June 2012

Armagh Vs Tyrone – 2012 Ulster GAA Senior Championship

Tyrone took to the field again for the first time since their disappointing defeat in the Division 2 final on the 29th April to Kildare. Since that game, Tyrone were struck with a further blow with the loss of Sean Cavanagh for the rest of 2012 and everyone was eager to see how the Red Hands would cope against a relatively new Armagh side in their home grounds in the first round of the Ulster Championship.

It was a fine day in the Athletic Grounds for photographs and football and a near capacity crowd ensured that there was plenty of atmosphere. The mixture of red, orange and white throughout the crowd and the players jerseys also created plenty of saturated colours in my photos.

Tyrone had a strong first half with scores coming from the boot of Martin Penrose, Colm Cavanagh, Stephen O’Neill and Joe Mc Mahon but Armagh kept within touching distance thanks to an early goal from Niall Forker and points from Jamie Clarke and Kevin Dyas. Half time score; Armagh 1-5 Tyrone 0-11.

The second half saw more of the same from Tyrone and seemed to be cruising for a win but the Armagh supporters soon raised their team and further points from Jamie Clarke and Gavan Mc Parland soon reduced the game to a nerve wrecking 2 points. Kevin Dyas was then sent off for a second yellow card but this raised the Armagh crowd even more as they soon levelled the game with a Brian Mallon free and with 5 minutes remaining. An upset now looked likely. However up stood Peter Harte, Stephen O’Neill and Martin Penrose who struck 3 glorious scores to secure the game for Tyrone. Full Time score; Armagh 1-13 Tyrone 0-19.

The bookies and journalists predicted a close game and this is what they got, it was a great open and high scoring game of football throughout the 70 minutes and one which thankfully went Tyrone’s way. The Red Hands now take on either Derry or Donegal on the 30th June…. Tir Eoghain Abu!

Tyrone: P McConnell, A McCrory, Justin McMahon, D Carlin, C McCarron, C Gormley, Sean O’Neill, Joe McMahon, C Cavanagh, R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, P Harte, M Penrose, Stephen O’Neill [cpt], O Mulligan

Stephen O’Neill leads the players in the parade. 


The Tyrone starting fifteen stand for the national anthem. 


Colm Cavanagh is hauled down in the opening minutes. 


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Armagh Vs Tyrone – 2012 Ulster Minor Football Championship

Tyrone minors got off to a great start to their Ulster Championship campaign on Sunday after they defeated Armagh in an enthralling game of football. This Tyrone team are fancied to be a major contender for the Ulster minor title following their league success earlier in the year but this meant to nothing to Armagh as a scoring blitz in the first 15 minutes of the game left them 0-07 to 0-00 up on the Red Hands, and it could have been more. Nobody in the Tyrone camp was pressing the ‘Panic’ button at this early stage yet though.

Fortune soon favoured Tyrone when a well taken goal from Sean Hackett reduced the deficit to 4 points but Armagh continued to strike points from every end of the field and dominate midfield. Mark Bradley bagged a second Tyrone goal which gave Michael Donnelly’s side something to fight for as the half time whistle sounded. Armagh 0-13 Tyrone 2-05.

As the crowd continued to fill the Athletic Grounds in the second half, the scores kept mounting up on the scoreboard. Both sides exchanged the lead several times but it was the boot of Cappagh’s Mark Bradley that proved decisive for Tyrone as he scored his second goal of the day to take his personal tally for the day to 2-07. The change of Daniel Mc Nulty to midfield in the second half, the third goal from James Mc Gahan and the tremendous saves from goalkeeper Daire Martin throughout the game was also pivotal in the final result and this all ensured that Tyrone progressed to the next stage of the Ulster minor Championship on a scoreline of; Armagh 0-19 Tyrone 4-11.

The Tyrone minor team line out in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.


Armagh captain Donal O'Neill and Tyrone captain Padraig Hampsey shake hands before the game.


Sean Hackett creates one of Tyrone's first attacks well into the first half.


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2012 Olympic Games Torch in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone

Since there are no bigger sporting events in the world than the Olympic Games, I thought it would be remiss of me not to put a few photos up of the 2012 Olympic torch arriving in my parish town of Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone on Tuesday afternoon.

It was a dreary wet afternoon for the arrival of the torch but when the flame arrived, it soon lit up everyone’s spirits. It was great to get seeing the Olympic entourage, the Olympic security team and of course the flame itself and to get a few photos of it. Although I attempted to keep up with torch bearer Poppy Gamble from Lisburn, she was too fast for me so I only got a few pics and the whole event had passed through the town in roughly 10 minutes.

Below are a few photos from the event.

The 2012 Olympic entourage arrives into Aughnacloy from Augher.


A member of the Olympic team prepares the torch for torch bearer Poppy Gamble.

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Moy Vs Cookstown Fr Rocks

Moy took on Cookstown Fr Rocks on Sunday evening in the starred Division 2 league fixture. The absence of county men Colm Cavanagh, Owen Mulligan and Sean Cavanagh (who is out for the year after last weekend’s injury) didn’t take away from the quality of football and the bite in this game and it gave the spectators a chance to see how these sides could do without their main men.

Unfortunately due  to time constraints, I had to leave this game at half time. By this stage Cookstown Fr Rocks were 1-06 to 0-05 up thanks to a well taken Conor Mullan goal. Cookstown went on to comfortably win the game then in the second half on a scoreline of; Cookstown Fr Rocks 1-10 Moy 0-09.

Below are some of my photos all taken in the first half….. next weekend its back to the county scene as Tyrone take on Armagh in the first round of the 2012 Ulster Championship in the Athletic Grounds. Come on Tir Eoghain!!


Moy were togged out in their away kit due to the clash of blue jersies in Sunday's game.


Cookstown Fr Rock's full forward Conor Mullan claims the ball ahead of Moy's Tomas Mc Nicholl.


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