Monthly Archives: July 2012

Clogher Vs Brocagh – 2012 Tyrone GAA Junior Football Championship

Brocagh Emmetts overcame a valiant effort from Clogher Eire Óg on Friday night in the second Tyrone Junior Football Championship tie in Eglish. Brocagh started off very well with 3 points in the opening minutes from Michael Hughes and Ciaran Campbell but Clogher soon responded with scores from Darragh Kavanagh and Ciaran Shields to leave them 0-06 to 0-03 ahead at half time.

In the second half, Brocagh’s Paul O’Neill managed to get the ball across the Clogher line to and with more points from Michael Hughes they took a 1-06 to 0-08 lead. Darragh Kavanagh and Ciaran Shields hit further scores for the Clogher Valley men and as the sun began to set over Eglish and as it looked to be heading for a replay, Michael Hughes stepped up and kicked the ball over the bar to give Brocagh an injury time victory. Full time score; Clogher 0-12 Brocagh 1-10.

The Clogher Eire Og senior team.


The Brocagh Emmetts senior team 2012.


Michael Carolan attacks for Brocagh.


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Aghaloo Vs Killyman – 2012 Tyrone Junior Football Championship

Aghaloo took on Killyman in the first round of the 2012 Power NI Tyrone Junior Championship in Eglish on Friday evening. Both these teams were evenly matched on paper and a landslide victory from either side was never on the cards.

Aghaloo found the back of the net early into the game when Stephen Donnelly was left unmarked allowing him to take the ball around the goalkeeper to put them 2 points ahead. Killyman struck back with points from Enda Mc Gahan and Caolan Morgan but Aghaloo had the chance to go in with a 3 point lead at the break if they had converted a penalty on the stroke of half time; Aghaloo 1-02 Killyman 0-05.

The Blackwater boys played the better football in the second half but often failed to convert this into scores. However points from Tiernan Donnelly and Gerard Mc Caughey were enough to see them progress to the next round with a 2 point margin. Full time score; Aghaloo 1-07 Killyman 0-08.

The Aghaloo O’Neill’s senior team line out before Friday evening’s game.


The Killyman senior football team line out in Eglish.


Gerard Mc Caughey strikes for a point for Aghaloo.


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Tyrone Vs Monaghan – 2012 Ulster GAA Minor Championship Final

Tyrone minors lifted the Ulster Championship title for the 22nd time on Sunday after a hard fought win over neighbours Monaghan. It was a toss up for me whether to go to this game or Saturday’s All-Ireland senior qualifier against Kerry in Killarney but I think I made the right choice after Kerry’s comprehensive victory.

People were predicting a comfortable Tyrone victory for the minors but that never looked like happening as Monaghan attacked with speed and often had the Tyrone defence rattled, especially in the first half when Tyrone conceded their first goal of the Championship. However, scores in the opening 30 minutes from Anthony Devlin, Kieran Mc Geary, Sean Hackett and Peter Mc Kenna meant they went in a point up at half time.

Monaghan played with a strong breeze in the second half and took the lead 3 minutes after the break, my cousin Ryan Mc Anespie getting one of the scores with a superb shot from distance This was to be the last time Monaghan held the lead though as the Farney players began to tire and Tyrone forwards Mark Bradley and James Mc Gahan stepped up another gear to score 4 points between them. It may have been a very different outcome in the dying minutes of the game with only 3 points separating the sides when Monaghan fired in two aerial balls into the Tyrone square but both were confidently caught by captain Padraig Hampsey and kicked to safety. Full time score; Tyrone 0-14 Monaghan 1-08.

This was another great victory for Tyrone minors in another tough encounter for the players and management. They now move onto play Meath in a couple of weeks… hopefully they can repeat the success of the 2010 All-Ireland minor winning team!

August is sure to be a busy month for me too as the Tyrone club championship starts this week and I hope to be covering as many games as possible.

Below are a mixture of action and celebration photos from the game….

A general view of St Tiernach’s Park, Clones and the Liam Murray Cup and the Anglo Celt Cup before Sunday’s game.


The Monaghan minor team pose for the press.


The Tyrone minor team pictured before the game.


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Roscommon Vs Tyrone – 2012 GAA Senior All-Ireland Qualifier

A decent number of Tyrone supporters made the long journey down through the midlands on Saturday to see Tyrone take on Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park in the 2nd round of the All-Ireland qualifiers. After their narrow defeat to Donegal in the Ulster Championship a couple of weeks ago, Tyrone were eager to get back to winning ways or else it would be a short footballing summer.

Before the game got under way, it was announced that captain Stephen O’Neill wouldn’t be starting the game giving Urney man Johnny Lafferty his first Senior Championship start in a Tyrone jersey. Tyrone got off to a good start with the breeze with points from Joe Mc Mahon and Owen Mulligan but Roscommon soon hit back with points from Donnie Shine and Seanan Kilbride. Roscommon could have been further ahead towards the end of the first period if they have been more accurate with their shooting but Tyrone further punished them with further points before half time from Johnny Lafferty and Mulligan. Tyrone were 0-07 to 0-04 up at half time but were not playing well at all.

In the second half, Tyrone played against the breeze but they played a lot better – a darting run through the centre of the Roscommon defence and into the square from Mark Donnelly resulted in him being pulled to the ground and a penalty being awarded. Peter Harte coolly converted it to the bottom corner and the game was effectively over from that point on. This allowed Mickey Harte to experiment with a few things and on came Edendork’s Darren Mc Curry (making his senior Championship debut) for Lafferty. Mc Curry struck a point with his first touch in the game and added 3 more super scores soon after…. he was soon catching a lot of attention in Dr Hyde Park and raising a lot of eyebrows! Niall Mc Kenna also came on and scored a point and narrowly missed a goal and Brian Mc Guigan came on and created some good scoring opportunities.

Tyrone thankfully eased to a 1-16 to 0-08 victory and now progress onto Round 3 of the qualifiers and will play Kerry in Killarney on Saturday. It wasn’t a great game but the major highlight of the afternoon was the emergence of Darren Mc Curry who let everyone know what he is capable of when given the opportunity… let’s hope this won’t be the last we see of him this year in a Tyrone jersey!

Tyrone –P McConnell, A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin, C McCarron, C Gormley, Sean O’Neill [0-1], Joe McMahon [0-2], C Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, P Harte [1-0], M Penrose [0-2], J Lafferty [0-1], O Mulligan [0-5]. Subs – R McMenamin for McCarron, B McGuigan for Mark Donnelly, A Cassidy for Cavanagh, N McKenna [0-1] for Penrose, D McCurry [0-4] for Lafferty

Again these are all my photos from the match;


Stephen O’Neill warms up before the game but was a last minute omission – instead Urney man Johnny Lafferty (behind him) took his place.


Tyrone goalkeepers (and two gentlemen) Pascal Mc Connell and John Devine warm up with a few practice shots at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon.


Colin Compton runs with the ball for Roscommon.


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Tyrone Vs Donegal – 2012 Ulster GAA Senior Football Championship

Tyrone took on Donegal in a repeat of last year’s Ulster semi-final tie in which Donegal won by a small margin. This time the outcome was the same unfortunately as Tyrone lost out 0-12 to 0-10 as Donegal continued to utilise their defensive game plan to the full potential,  suffocating any Tyrone attacks or movement in the Donegal half…. it was horrible to watch and it’s horrible for the sport.

Tyrone made the stronger start in the first half thanks to terrific work from Matthew Donnelly (in for Ronan Mc Nabb), Mark Donnelly, Joe Mc Mahon and Conor Clarke (in for the injured Justin Mc Mahon) in full-back. Attacking runs around the Donegal defence from the wings seemed to be working and they were unlucky not to score a goal in the half too. The Red Hands dominated for long periods in possession but perhaps didn’t get enough scores on the board resulting in them going only 1 point up at half time; Tyrone 0-06 Donegal 0-05.

The second half saw what we had come to expect from Donegal, lots of men behind the ball and plenty of swift counter-attacking. Donegal soon were racking the scores up as Tyrone’s scores were drying up. It wasn’t long until Tyrone went 1 point, 2 points and then 3 points behind. Tyrone made a few changes during the half, including the return of Brian Mc Guigan into the team, but it wasn’t to be as Donegal’s fitness meant they had more left in the tank. Tyrone did come close in injury time when a Martin Penrose shot on goals was saved by Durcan but it wasn’t meant to be as they dropped out of the Ulster Championship on a scoreline of Tyrone 0-10 Donegal 0-12.

Tyrone now enter the All-Ireland qualifiers and take on Roscommon in 2 weeks time – hopefully they can get their confidence built again with a couple wins under their belt and then they can re-enter the Championship at the All-Ireland stages. As for Donegal, they now take on Down in the Ulster Final, here’s hoping for a big performance from the Mourne men to put this over-rated, over-hyped team to bed…. they put a whole new meaning to ‘puke’ football!

Michael Murphy and Stephen O’Neill in for the handshake as referee David Coldrick looks on.


The Tyrone team take part in the procession before the game…… took this with my 10mm lens lying down on the ground to get as many of the 15 players in as possible.


Mark Donnelly keeps close to Donegal’s Karl Lacey.

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Tyrone Vs Derry – 2012 Ulster GAA Minor Football Championship

Tyrone minors progressed to the 2012 Ulster Final on Saturday after a comprehensive 0-15 to 0-06 win over neighbours Derry. Unlike their first round game against Armagh which was full of action, excitement and goals, this game was played at a slower pace with a lot of stoppages in play throughout the game, especially in the first half when periods of up to 6-7 mins went by without me taking any photos.

However, Mickey Donnelly and the Tyrone boys did what needed to be done against a highly fancied Derry side and they put in a very good team performance with some solid play from goalkeeper Daire Martin, James Mc Gahan, man-of-the-match Mark Bradley, captain Padraig Hampsey and Conor Mallon to name a few.

Next up for Tyrone is the Ulster Minor Final on the 22 July against Monaghan…. my cousin Ryan plays on the forward line in that team so there will be plenty of craic in the family over the next few weeks!

Below are some of my favourite photos from the game;

Tyrone minors pose for the team photograph at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones.


Derry captain Ryan Bell and Tyrone captain Padraig Hampsey go in for the coin toss with referee Brendan Rice.


Derry’s Gareth Mc Kinless moves towards the Tyrone goals.


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