Monthly Archives: November 2012

Errigal Ciaran Vs Crossmaglen – 2012 Ulster Club Senior Championship Semi Final

 Errigal Ciaran’s run in the Ulster Senior Club championship came to an end on Sunday when they fell victim to the sheer class of Crossmaglen Rangers in Clones. Many people were hoping that Errigal’s excellent track record against Crossmaglen in the Ulster series would be an advantage but that wasn’t to be when the reigning All-Ireland and Ulster champions recorded a 6 point victory over the Tyrone side.

Errigal had Crossmaglen reasonably controlled in the first half, despite nearly conceding a goal in the opening 30 seconds, and managed to take the lead thanks to points from Darren and Thomas Canavan. However, a brilliant goal from Jamie Clarke mid-way through the half levelled the scoreboard but Errigal still had a one point advantage at HT following a Ronan Mc Rory point.

In the second half, Errigal Ciaran couldn’t find the same momentum and fell behind following 4 points in a row from Crossmaglen. They never looked like regaining the lead again as a fitter and more ruthless Crossmaglen side had ample opportunities to kill the game off earlier if they took more of their chances. The final blow for Errigal came when David Mc Kenna scored Rangers second goal and effectively end the game as a contest.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 0-10 Crossmaglen 2-10.

Errigal Ciaran should be very proud with what they have achieved this year and defying the odds as they have claimed a lot of big scalps of teams throughout the Tyrone and Ulster championship.  Their year though is not just over yet however as they now have to take on Clonoe in the Tyrone Division 1 league semi-final next weekend, the winner meeting an undefeated Coalisland side.

Below are my best photos from the game.

Errigal Ciaran line out in St Tiernach’s Park, Clones.

 

Enda Mc Ginley warms up as referee Joe Mc Quillan deals with the paperwork.

 

Errigal Ciaran’s Enda Mc Ginley and Crossmaglen’s Paul Kernan shake hands before the throw in.

 

The Errigal Ciaran starting fifteen line out for the national anthem.

 

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Brackaville Vs Laragh Utd – 2012 Ulster Club Junior Championship Semi Final

Brackaville Owen Roes had 10 points to spare over Laragh Utd in Sunday’s Ulster Junior Club Championship semi-final in Clones and have set up a final encounter with Armagh’s An Port Mor in 2 weeks time.

The Tyrone side were physically challenged in the opening half by the Cavan team who struck an early goal to level the game 1-01 to 0-04 but Brackaville soon composed themselves to gain a 3 point advantage at HT on a scoreline of 0-07 to 1-01. Laragh Utd never had a look in for the second half when Kieran Holland’s side took full control in midfield and constant waves in attack meant that Joe Rafferty, Che O’Donnell, Sean Corr, Paddy Gervin and sub Ciaran Currie to name a few could score point after point.

By this stage there was nothing the Cavan side could do but to be fair to them they could have scored a couple more goals if it hadn’t had been for the hands of goalie Damien O’Neill.

Good luck to the Brackaville boys for the final on the 2nd December.

Full time score; Brackaville 0-16 Laragh Utd 1-03.

Peter O’Hagan delivers the ball forward in the nick of time.

 

 

Brackaville’s Sean Mc Nally on the attack.

 

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Edendork Vs Kildress – 2012 Tyrone GAA ACL Division 1

On Sunday afternoon, Edendork took on Kildress in the Tyrone ACL Division 1 relegation play-off tie, the losing side facing automatic relegation to Division 2 football next year.

After a close battle for 60 minutes, Edendork came from one point behind at half time to level the scoreline at FT resulting in extra time in the fading light and it was Edendork that pulled away during the added period thanks to a magnificent scoring tally of 10 points coming from the boot of Darren Mc Curry. Congrats to them on maintaining their Division 1 status for 2013.

Full time score; Edendork 0-20 Kildress 1-12.

I originally intended to stay only for the first half of the game and then nip over to Coalisland for the second half of the Division 1 league semi-final between Coalisland and Omagh but unfortunately an ignorant driver blocked my car and six others in with his selfish parking so that didn’t happen, despite being asked to move it over the tannoy system.

However, below are a few snaps from Edendork.

Damian Kelly bursts through for Kildress.

 

 

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Cookstown Vs Killeavy – 2012 Ulster Intermediate Championship Quarter Final

Cookstown Fr Rocks made the first step to becoming Ulster Intermediate champions again with a comprehensive victory over Armagh champions Killeavy, a parish I only know too well as it is my fiancée’s club!

Right from the start of the game, Cookstown took control and racked up scores from Conor Mullan, Owen Mulligan and Shea Mc Garrity. Killeavy’s first score was close to being a goal only for a superb goal line block from defender Brian Kelly. Cookstown responded with further excellent fielding from Mullan and Barry Mulligan while John Gilmore bagged another goal to leave them 8 points ahead. Killeavy’s corner back Gordie Magennis was sent off for an off the ball incident and the after a couple of Killeavy points, the Fr Rocks went in with a comfortable 6 point lead.

The second half continued in a similar vain to the first with scores coming from James Mc Gahan and Shea Mc Garrity while Killeavy could never get a proper foot into the game despite outnumbering the Cookstown supporters in the stand. Cookstown then strolled to a comfortable 1-09 to 0-06 win and progressed onto an Ulster semi-final against Monaghan’s Doohmalet in  2 weeks time….. good luck to the Fr Rocks for that one.

Cookstown Fr Rocks line out in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

 

The green and black of Killeavy GFC pose for the team photo.

 

Players stand for the national anthem during a heavy shower of rain.

 

Marty Murray in control in the Cookstown defence.

 

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Match for Michaela – Casement Park, Belfast

Last Saturday night was a very special night when the life of Michaela Mc Areavey was celebrated in Casement Park, Belfast with a night of fun, festivities and of course football!

Many glowing tributes have been paid to Michaela since her untimely death in January 2010 and nothing I write here could even come close to describing the genuine, helpful and friendly person she was. I didn’t know Michaela very well but our paths often crossed every week at St Mary’s in Belfast (or the Ranch) where we studied, at school doings after we both graduated around Dungannon, the odd night out in Newry and of course at all the Tyrone games where she would see me with a camera or two around my neck.

Spearheaded by Ulster GAA’s Ryan Feeney, John Mc Areavey and Mickey Harte, Saturday night’s event was the first major celebration of Michaela’s life and what better way to do it than have the current All-Ireland senior football champions Donegal take on an Ulster select side. As well as that, entertainment was provided by none other than X-Factor and Tyrone girl Janet Devlin, More Power to Your Elbow and a mass of young performers that entertained the crowd with an impromptu half time dance performance which was just amazing. Irish comedian and 2FM DJ Hector also ensured everything ran smoothly too with an excellent job as MC.

I have to admit that as much as I was looking forward to Saturday night, I was very nervous as I knew how much it meant to everyone but I am glad I could help out in this small way and hope that my photos have represented the spirit of the occasion. Here are a selection of images from the night……

2FM’s Hector in the Match for Michaela t-shirt at the beginning of the night.

 

The Railway band (I think) performed on the night.

 

A group of Michaela match performers on the night.

 

I got this shot of Hector wearing the Ulster GAA scarf as the temperatures in Belfast dropped.

 

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