Monthly Archives: October 2012

Ardboe Vs Trillick – 2012 Tyrone GAA Minor Grade 1 Championship Final

Ardboe were crowned the Grade 1 minor champions of Tyrone on Sunday following a 4-07 to 1-11 victory over Trillick in Sunday’s second game in Carrickmore….. a great turn around for the team who were dumped out of the minor championship in August following a dispute regarding extra time during their quarter final tie against Cookstown.

Ardboe last won the minor title in 2008 and a lot of players from that team have made it through to the Tyrone senior and U21 teams and I’m sure that this team will be no different in the future.  Excellent performances from Ardboe’s Michael O’Neill, Michael Cassidy and Michael Lynn to name a few ensured that Ardboe lead from the start of the game. Trillick however never dropped their heads and had some noticeable performances from Daire Gallagher and Lee Brennan.

To the delight of the large number of the Lough shore supporters, Ardboe captain Peter O’Neill lifted the Grade 1 cup and will now lead his team into the Ulster minor series.

The Ardboe minor team line out in Carrickmore.


Trillick minors got to their first minor final in 43 years on Sunday.






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Aghaloo Vs Clann na Gael – 2012 Tyrone GAA Minor Grade 3 Championship Final

Aghaloo minors swept aside Clann na Gael in the Tyrone Minor Grade 3 football championship final on Sunday afternoon in a cold and wet Carrickmore.

The O’Neills side took control in the opening minutes when Tiarnan Donnelly scored the first of his amazing 1-11 personal tally and the boys never looked back.  Donnelly scored a penalty minutes later and with the help of Ruairi Mc Glone, Kyle Thompson and Conor Mullan, Aghaloo went in at HT comfortably 1-13 to 0-02 up.

Clann na Gael played with the breeze in the second half and scored a goal early on. After further points from Donnelly, Gary O’Gorman and Padraig Mc Geary, Clann struck another two goals late into the game to balance the scoreboard but by this stage it was too late and Aghaloo were crowned Tyrone Grade 3 minor champions.

Full time score; Aghaloo 3-17 Clann na Gael 3-05.

Well done to the boys and their managers Gerard Daly, Chris Dynes and Eamon Mc Caughey – the future is looking bright in Aghaloo!

The Clann na Gael minor team


The Aghaloo minor team line out in Carrickmore.




Tiarnan Donnelly is pulled down in the square whilst taking a shot giving Aghaloo a penalty.


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Stewartstown Vs Eglish – 2012 Tyrone GAA Minor Grade 2 Championship Final

Stewartstown Harps minors completed the double on Saturday when they overcame Eglish in the Tyrone Grade 2 minor championship final in Edendork.

After an open first half, both sides went in level on a scoreline of 1-04 to 0-07 apiece but the second half couldn’t have been more different as only 3 points were scored – Stewartstown having the advantage of 2 points to 1 thus making them the Tyrone Grade 2 minor champions. Well done to them and commiserations to a valiant Eglish team who could also so easily have won it.

Full time score; Stewartstown 0-09 Eglish 1-05.

Below are a mixture of action and post-celebration photos.


The Eglish minor team line out in Edendork.


The Stewartstown minor team pictured before the game.


The Eglish minor team in the team huddle before the game.




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Errigal Ciaran Vs Mullahoran – 2012 Ulster GAA Senior Championship, Round One

Breffni Park, Cavan was the venue for Sunday’s first round match of the 2012 Ulster Senior football Championship between Tyrone champions Errigal Ciaran and Cavan champions Mullahoran.

Throughout the whole game, Errigal were the stronger and better of the two teams and in the opening minutes Damien Mc Dermott fired home their first goal. Fergal Brady scored a brilliant goal mid-way through the half for Mullahoran to reduce the scoreline 1-04 to 1-02 but that was the closest the Cavan side got as a brilliant attack started by Peter Harte in midfield was finished by him when he netted  a second goal for Errigal Ciaran.

Meanwhile match referee Padraig Hughes was kept busy as he ran lengths of the field speaking to his umpires and dishing out yellow cards in the process for off the ball incidents to players of both sides. One of these incidents resulted in the sending off of World GAA Handball champion Paul Brady only minutes after he came on allowing Errigal to go in at HT with a comfortable 2-06 to 1-03 lead.

The second half of the game was a virtual non-contest as Errigal carried on their first half superiority with scores coming from Davy Harte, Enda Mc Ginley, Thomas and Darren Canavan, a well worked goal from Bru Horisk and then a final goal from Thomas Canavan in the dying minutes of the game.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 4-15 Mullahoran 1-07

Errigal Ciaran will now meet Derry senior champions Ballinderry in 2 weeks time in the quarter finals, it is sure to be a sterner test for the Tyrone side and they will be hoping they can get one step further than Dromore did last year when they bowed out to the Shamrocks at the same stage. I wish Errigal the best of luck for it.

Below are my photos from the game.

Errigal Ciaran line out in Breffni Park, Cavan.


Match referee Pauric Hughes tosses the coin between the team captains.


It was a sunny clear day in Breffni Park, Cavan for Sunday’s first round Ulster clash.


Ronan Mc Guckin joins his Errigal Ciaran players in the national anthem.


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Cookstown Vs Eskra – 2012 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Championship Final Replay

Cookstown Fr Rocks overturned a disappointing performance last Sunday in the Tyrone Intermediate Championship final to defeat Eskra in the replay on Friday night in Healy Park, Omagh and lift the Paddy Cullen Cup.

In cold and crisp conditions, Cookstown started very strongly and looked like a side determined not to repeat their under-par performance last Sunday and within 70 seconds, Cookstown had scored a goal from the fist of full forward John Gilmore. By the sixth minute of the game, Cookstown had already equalled their 5 points they scored last weekend after 60 minutes of football. Gilmore, Conor O’Hare and Owen Mulligan added further points whilst Eskra were still trying to get a foot in the game. Adrian Scullion soon lead the Eskra attacks from deep in their defence and combined with Mattie Turbitt, Eskra managed to get a few points before the break from Peter Hughes and Cormac Arkinson. Half time score; Cookstown  1-07 Eskra 0-04.

In the second half, Cookstown were dealt with the blow with a red card to midfielder Barry Mulligan who was having an excellent game but was adjudged to have struck out at an Eskra player. A brief revival from the Emmetts ensued but unfortunately for them their shooting in front of the posts let them down and their work rate in the field didn’t convert to scores on the board. Further Cookstown scores from Conor Mullan and Marty Hughes sealed a comfortable 8 point win for John Mc Keever’s side and they lifted the Paddy Cullen Cup once again.

Full time score; Cookstown Fr Rocks 1-12 Eskra 0-07.

Cookstown Fr Rocks are the 2012 Tyrone Intermediate champions.




Conor Mullan knocks over a point for Cookstown Fr Rocks.




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Dungannon Clarkes Vs Castlederg – 2012 Tyrone ACL Division 3

Last Thursday night, Dungannon Clarkes clinched the Tyrone ACL Division 3 league title by emphatically defeating Castlederg on a scoreline of 7-16 to 0-01 under the lights in their training field in Dungannon.

Needless to say the Clarkes were hot favourites to win this game and pick up the title after they defeated their nearest league rivals Brackaville a couple of weeks ago. After a lengthy period of struggling to get out of Junior football, Dungannon can now enjoy the challenge of Intermediate football in 2013 and hopefully continue their rise back to Senior football which they once dominated  many years ago.

The lights in the training field were pretty poor for decent action photos meaning I had to reduce my shutter speed manually to 1/320 on 2000 ISO but there’s a few below and even more post-celebration photos.

The Dungannon Clarkes team line out in their training field.






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Cookstown Vs Eskra – 2012 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Championship Final

The 2012 Tyrone Intermediate championship final between Cookstown Fr Rocks and Eskra Emmetts ended all square on Sunday in Omagh on the low scoreline of 0-05 apiece.

It wasn’t the entertaining game that everyone expected and it couldn’t have been more different than the Junior final which took place before it. Cloudy, dull conditions covered Healy Park with frequent heavy showers falling and the quality of football on the field wasn’t  much better than the weather, at least in the first half. A crowd of approx 2500 approx had little to cheer about in the opening 30 minutes with 3 out of the 4 Cookstown points coming from free kicks whereas Eskra could only score 1 point from Shane Hackett. HT; Cookstown 0-04 Eskra 0-01.

Eskra came out much the brighter in the second half and looked as if they wanted to win the game more than Cookstown. Eskra won some good ball in midfield thanks to their midfielders Eoin Mc Caffrey and Rory Marlow and this created a constant supply to their half forward and full forward line. However, they were often pushed out wide and put under a lot of pressure in the final third by the Cookstown defence resulting in numerous Eskra wides. Luck prevailed momentarily mid way through the half when Ryan Gartland was pulled down in the box by goalkeeper Marty Rea when a goal looked to be certain. However, Peter Hughes spot kick was saved by Rea. Eskra reduced the deficit following points from Paul Meegan, Gartland and Hughes while Owen Mulligan registered Fr Rocks first and only point of the half. Cormac Arkinson scored the equalising point for Eskra but despite a couple more scoreable chances, they couldn’t find the elusive winning point and referee Fergal Daly blew the final whistle.

 Full time score; Cookstown 0-05 Eskra 0-05.

The replay will take place again on Friday night in Healy Park….. whether Eskra will come as close again to winning the Intermediate Championship is hard to say, they kept a lot of Cookstown’s key men scoreless from play and looked like a side with a working game plan – if only one of their sixteen wides went over then they would be playing senior football next year. Then again I haven’t seen Cookstown play as poorly as they did on Sunday…. were they just complacent following their league success or were they a team that were genuinely frustrated by what Eskra threw at them? All these questions will be answered on Friday night.



Referee Fergal Daly with captain Owen Mulligan and Mattie Turbitt.


Cookstown and Eskra take part in the pre-match parade.




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Brackaville Vs Aghaloo – 2012 Tyrone GAA Junior Championship Final

It was heart break for my club of Aghaloo on Sunday as they were outclassed by an excellent Brackaville Owen Roes side in the 2012 Tyrone Junior Championship Final in Omagh.

It was always going to be a difficult game for Aghaloo as Brackaville are an in-form team who have only been defeated once this season. That defeat ruled them out of winning the Division 3 league so this game was going to be the difference of them playing Junior or Intermediate football in 2013.

Brackaville started the game strongly with scores coming from the boot of Che O’Donnell and they soon seized the momentum mid-way through the half when a well worked attack resulted in Martin Gervin slotting the ball into the back of the Aghaloo net to give them a 4 point advantage. However, four minutes of injury time at the end of the half worked in Aghaloo’s favour and after points from Tiarnan Donnelly, Ruairi Mc Glone and Stephen Donnelly meant they only went in at HT one point behind. Half time score; Brackaville 1-04 Aghaloo 0-06.

Aghaloo took the lead at the beginning of the second half when swift passing between Kevin O’Gorman and Stevie Donnelly resulted in Kevy booting the ball into an empty Brackaville net to give them a 2 point lead. Seconds later, in a near identical move, Aghaloo nearly scored a second goal except for a brave challenge from Brackaville goalie Damien O’Neill on Ruairi Mc Glone. Brackaville never looked back after this and then soon levelled the game and took the lead which they never let slip again thanks to scores from O’Donnell, Gervin and Joe Rafferty. Luck had definitely run out for Aghaloo by injury time when Gerard Daly missed a penalty but even by this stage the game was over and Brackaville were crowned worthy Tyrone Junior champions.

Well done to them and to Aghaloo on making the final….. no doubt they will regroup and refocus on making Intermediate football for 2013.

Full time score;Brackaville 1-14 Aghaloo 1-08

Brackaville Owen Roes GFC line out.


Aghaloo O’Neills GFC line our in Healy Park.


Sunday’s referees, linesmen and umpires.


Referee Sean Hurson with Brackaville captain Cahir Mc Guinness and Aghaloo captain Gerard Daly.


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Errigal Ciaran Senior Championship Homecoming, Ballygawley

After Sunday’s Tyrone SFC final and U16 Grade 1 championship final in Omagh, I stopped off in Ballygawley for the traditional homecoming of the O’Neill Cup back to Gormley’s corner….. the first time it has returned there since 2006. As always, there was a large crowd out to welcome both Errigal Ciaran teams back with the trophies including Pat Traynor and his pimped Errigal car!







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Errigal Ciaran Vs Galbally – 2012 Tyrone GAA U16 Grade 1 Championship Final

A couple of hours before Errigal Ciaran seniors lifted the O’Neill Cup on Sunday, their Under 16 side took part in the Tyrone Grade 1 Championship final against Galbally Pearses.

In a very sporting game, Errigal Ciaran capitalised on a couple of missed goal opportunities in the opening minutes from Galbally and went in at HT 1-04 to 0-02 up. Cheered on by the growing Errigal crowd, the lads held on to their lead and added a second goal in the second half and despite a late resurgence from Galbally, Errigal Ciaran held on for a well deserved 2-06 to 0-08 win.

It was to be the first of many great things for the club that afternoon!

Below are a few of my photos from the game.

The Errigal Ciaran Under 16 team.


The Galbally Pearses Under 16 team.




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