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Tyrone Vs Monaghan – 2013 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup FInal

Tyrone won the Dr McKenna Cup for the eleventh time on Saturday night following a comprehensive ten point over Monaghan on Saturday night in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Just under 5000 people braved the cold and very wet night to see a strong Tyrone side speckled with some new faces take on Malachy O’Rourke’s Farney army.

There were some dirty challenges in the opening half all coming from Monaghan who, at times, seemed to be focused on getting Tyrone drawn into a playground fight on the field rather than concentrating on the football. Consistent late challenges, pulling of jerseys and grabbing of players was the recipe in the opening 25 minutes much to the frustration of the crowd and it largely went unpunished until before half time when Monaghan’s Ronan McNally was caught taking part in one such dangerous tackle on Peter Harte and was rightfully sent off for it. By this stage Tyrone had added points from McAliskey, Stephen O’Neill and Plunkett Kane and goals soon then came from Mark Donnelly and O’Neill to give Tyrone a comfortable 2-07 to 1-04 lead against 14 men Monaghan.

The second half was a lot less competitive and another early goal came again from the boot of Mark Donnelly. McAliskey, Cavanagh and Kevin Gallagher added further points while Peter Harte scored from the penalty spot in the last kick of the game to give Tyrone a healthy and encouraging ten point win.

Full time score; Tyrone 4-11 Monaghan 1-10

The stakes are a little higher next weekend when Tyrone return back to Division 1 of the National League and take on Down in Newry. Obviously there are some massive ties over the next two months for Mickey Harte’s side and this is sure to be an indicator of how this team of players will fair in 2013….. best of luck to them. Tir Eoghain Abu!

A general view of the Athletics Grounds, Armagh and the Dr McKenna Cup before the game.

A general view of the Athletics Grounds, Armagh and the Dr McKenna Cup before the game.

 

The captains shake hands before the game.

The captains shake hands before the game.

 

Tyrone line out in their traditional red jersey which they always wear against Monaghan.

Tyrone line out in their traditional red jersey which they always wear against Monaghan.

 

Sean Cavanagh gets a fist on the ball in the air.

Sean Cavanagh gets a fist on the ball in the air.

 

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Tyrone Vs Fermanagh – 2013 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup Semi-Final

Tyrone have reached their fourth Dr McKenna Cup final in 4 years following their 8 point win over Fermanagh on Sunday in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh. It was a desperately cold afternoon for football with snow and light rain falling for most of the 70 minutes and no doubt this affected the overall poor quality of the game.

Scores were at a minimum in the first half but Plunkett Kane gave the crowd something to cheer about when his low shot at the Fermanagh goals slotted perfectly into the bottom corner. Before then Sean Cavanagh, Stevie O’Neill, Martin Penrose and Kevin Gallagher added points of their own to give the Red Hands a 1-05 to 0-03 advantage at the break but it was far from an inspirational first half from either side.

The second half was something similar to the first. Both sides were guilty of poor passing and choices but having snow blowing into the side of your face wouldn’t make things easy for any player. Conor McAliskey, Plunkett Kane, Sean Cavanagh, Aidan McCrory and Stephen O’Neill gave the best Tyrone performances on the day and proved to be  a constant threat to the Fermanagh defence. Mark Donnelly added a late goal for Tyrone just to put some ‘icing’ on the cake but will have to be better if they are to beat Monaghan in next weekend’s Dr McKenna Cup final and retain the cup.

Final time score; Tyrone 2-09 Fermanagh 0-07

Below are my photos from the game…..

Tyrone's Dr Mc Kenna Cup panel pictured in Armagh on Sunday.

Tyrone’s Dr Mc Kenna Cup panel pictured in Armagh on Sunday.

 

The Fermanagh panel line out in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

The Fermanagh panel line out in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

 

A general view of the Athletic Grounds, Armagh before the  Dr McKenna Cup semi-final.

A general view of the Athletic Grounds, Armagh before the Dr McKenna Cup semi-final.

 

Tyrone honor the national anthem during a snow shower.

Tyrone honor the national anthem during a snow shower.

 

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Tyrone Vs UUJ – 2013 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup

Following Sunday’s win over Antrim on Sunday, Tyrone had already qualified for the Dr McKenna Cup semi finals which allowed Mickey Harte and his team to further experiment with players for the third round tie against UUJ on Wednesday night in Healy Park, Omagh.

UUJ took the lead early in the game thanks to the foot of Tyrone U21 player Richard Donnelly who converted some super free kicks from the ground, penalizing Tyrone for any fouls in their own half each time. Tyrone soon found their feet and got onto the scoreboard following points from Kevin Gallagher, Sean Cavanagh and Martin Penrose. Despite missing a penalty in the first half, Sean Cavanagh soon found the net with a goal too just before half time to give them a 5 point advantage.

As the low lying mist descended for the second half, Tyrone picked up where they left off and surged ahead and never looked back. Excellent work from Mark Donnelly, Plunkett Kane, Joe McMahon and Sean Cavanagh ensured that scoreboard kept adding up. UUJ gave a good performance considering the player situation but it’s Tyrone that progress through to the Dr Mc Kenna Cup semi-final on Sunday against Peter Canavan’s Fermanagh.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-18 UUJ 0-09

The Tyrone side that faced UUJ on Wednesday night.

The Tyrone side that faced UUJ on Wednesday night.

 

The UUJ team pose for the team photo.

The UUJ team pose for the team photo.

 

Plunkett Kane solos the ball for Tyrone.

Plunkett Kane solos the ball for Tyrone.

 

Gerard Mc Cartan stays one step ahead of Sean Cavanagh.

Gerard Mc Cartan stays one step ahead of Sean Cavanagh.

 

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Antrim Vs Tyrone – 2013 Ulster GAA Dr Mc Kenna Cup

Tyrone’s second game of the 2013 Dr Mc Kenna Cup took place in Casement Park, Belfast on Sunday when they faced Frank Dawson’s Antrim side. Mickey Harte made a number of changes in the side that defeated Derry last Sunday with Ronan McNamee, Dean McNally, Connor McAliskey, Sean Warnock, Plunkett Kane and Tiarnan McCann all making their senior debut starts for the Red Hands.

Tyrone started strongly and were fortunate to score a goal early on from Peter Harte but this was almost immediately cancelled out when a Tyrone foul inside the square awarded Antrim a penalty which Kevin Niblock safely dispatched away. Points from Ronan McNamee and Stephen O’Neill followed and Peter Harte then scored his second goal of the game after McAliskey’s initial shot was saved by Chris Kerr. HT; Antrim 1-04 Tyrone 2-06.

The second half was a stop-start affair with play having to be stopped quite a few times following knocks to Tyrone’s Sean Warnock, Paddy McNiece, Dermot Carlin, Conor Gormley and Stephen O’Neill all of who had to be taken off. The Tyrone attacks kept coming thankfully however and Darren Mc Curry excelled finishing with 5 points from the game as well as further scores from Plunkett Kane, Sean Cavanagh and a 45 from goalkeeper Niall Morgan who also made a couple important saves at the other end of the field too.

Full time score; Antrim 1-10 Tyrone 2-13.

All in all it was a comfortable win for Tyrone and the other results from the weekend means that they have now qualified for the Dr Mc Kenna Cup semi-finals next Saturday night. Tyrone have one more group game before then on Wednesday night when they take on the UUJ students in Healy Park – this will hopefully be a chance to see even more of the new kids on the block!

A general view of Casement Park, Belfast before Sunday's game.

A general view of Casement Park, Belfast before Sunday’s game.

 

Further new players were added to the Tyrone team on Sunday.

Further new players were added to the Tyrone team on Sunday.

 

The Antrim team line out in front of their home crowd.

The Antrim team line out in front of their home crowd.

 

The Tyrone starting fifteen honor the national anthem.

The Tyrone starting fifteen honor the national anthem.

 

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Tyrone Vs Derry – 2013 Ulster GAA Dr Mc Kenna Cup

Tyrone started 2013 with a narrow 2 point win in the first round tie of the Dr Mc Kenna Cup on Sunday in Healy Park, Omagh. In a repeat of the 2012 Dr Mc Kenna Cup final, a massive crowd of 4000+ saw the neighbouring counties take on each other causing throw in to be delayed nearly 15 minutes.

Both sides have changed quite a bit however in the last 12 months. Derry are now under the new management structure of Brian Mc Iver, Paddy Crozier and Paddy Tally and based on yesterday’s performance, they look to be a county that are on the rise again. Tyrone obviously have had the retirements of Davy Harte, Ricey Mc Menamin and Kevin Hughes in 2012 but along with the new look ‘Hunky Dorys’ jersey, they have added a plethora of new faces onto the Dr Mc Kenna Cup panel including promising prospects Darren Mc Curry, Connor Mc Aliskey and goalkeeper Niall Morgan to name a few.

Conditions were very very wet on the field yesterday, causing players to slip and slide and the quality of football was adversely affected as a result. At HT the scoreboard was evenly balanced 0-07 each following Tyrone points by Stephen O’Neill, Matthew Donnelly and Sean Cavanagh. Derry made the better start in the second half and Tyrone were constantly playing catch-up with them for large periods. It took the inclusion of Peter Harte and Darren Mc Curry to add further attacking force to the Red Hand comeback and this made for an exciting final 15 minutes as the crowd got behind the game. A high shot from Plunkett Kane was kept in play by substitute Clonoe’s Connor Mc Aliskey who turned his man and shot into the bottom corner to give Tyrone a 2 point advantage. Derry had a goal chance of their own in the dying seconds but it was struck narrowly wide.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-14 Derry 0-15.

This was a terrific start for Tyrone in 2013 and a valuable 2 points, Derry will definitely have felt they deserved at least a point for their efforts but it wasn’t to be. Tyrone now face Antrim on Sunday in Belfast in Round 2 of the Dr Mc Kenna Cup and we are sure to see more new faces in a Tyrone jersey then.

Below are a few of my photos from the game…….

The new-look Tyrone team take to the field on Sunday.

 

Joe Mc Mahon takes on Ryan Bell.

 

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