Monthly Archives: March 2013

St Patrick’s Maghera Vs St Gerald’s, Castlebar – 2013 GAA All Ireland Colleges Semi Final

In the second game of the day at Brewster Park Enniskillen, current MacRory Cup holders St Patrick’s College Maghera faced the challenge of St Gerald’s Castlebar in the All Ireland Colleges Senior football semi final.

Two quick goals in the first half from Conor Glass and Gerald Bradley allowed St Pat’s to take a 6 point advantage in with them at half time and despite conceding a goal in the second half, they held on to make the Hogan Cup final in 2 weeks on a score line of 3-06 to 1-07.

Below are some of my photos from the game.

The St Pat's Maghera team line out in Brewster Park.

The St Pat’s Maghera team line out in Brewster Park.

 

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Holy Trinity Cookstown Vs Davitt College, Castlebar – 2013 GAA All Ireland Vocational Schools Semi Final

Holy Trinity Cookstown have made their second All Ireland Vocational Schools final in two years following their comprehensive 2-12 to 1-06 win over Mayo school Davitt College, Castlebar in Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Saturday.

After beating St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley in the Tyrone final two weeks ago, Cookstown (wearing Eglish GFC jerseys for the game) faced a tougher challenge and were frustrated in the opening 15 minutes when they struggled to find any sort of flow or scores to their game. It wasn’t until Daryl McGee was pulled down in the Castlebar square and James McGahan’s goal conversion that the Tyrone men found their form. From this point on, Adrian O’Donnell and Peter Canavan’s men dominated and won comfortably by 9 points. Although the game threatened to boil over on a number of occasions towards the end, Holy Trinity kept their composure and cool and walked off the field with 15 men and their heads held high.

Well done to them and good luck in the All-Ireland final in two weeks boys!

The Holy Trinity team huddle together before the throw in.

The Holy Trinity team huddle together before the throw in.

 

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James McGahan dodges a tackle from Brian Moran.

James McGahan dodges a tackle from Brian Moran.

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Kildare Vs Tyrone – 2013 GAA Allianz Football League, Division 1

After a successful win over Dublin last weekend, Tyrone travelled to Lenister again on Sunday to take on Kiernan Mc Geeney’s Kildare side in Newbridge. It was a bitterly cold but dry day and approx 5000 people attended the game in the Lilywhites home ground of St Conleth’s Park.

Tyrone started strongly in the first half with an early goal from Mark Donnelly and points from Stephen O’Neill and goalkeeper Niall Morgan. Kildare let themselves down with some poor passing in the opening half whilst Tyrone took advantage and moved forward from the back line as a group and had reached the attacking end of the field seconds later, something that hadn’t been happening as well in the last year or two but thankfully seems to be returning. This defensive/offensive system allowed Tyrone to enjoy a 1-08 to 0-03 lead at HT.

Kildare played with the strong breeze in the second half and began strongly shooting from different angles but a lot of these frustratingly went wide for Mc Geeney’s side. Much to the audible moan of the Kildare strong crowd, shot after shot went wide of the target also to the annoyance of the players. On the other end, thankfully Tyrone didn’t have the same misfortune and added their lead after scores from Peter Harte, Morgan, Paddy McNiece and Connor McAliskey. In the final period of the game, Kildare started to find the target with scores from Paul Cribbin, Sean Hurley and Eoghan O’Flaherty and did try to sneak a goal or two but by this stage it was too late and Tyrone held on for a 6 point win.

Full time score; Kildare 0-10 Tyrone 1-13.

As it happens, both Tyrone and Kildare are now into the Division 1 semi finals. Before then Tyrone face Kerry in Omagh in 2 weeks which will be no easy tie as Kerry have to win it to avoid any relegation battle.

A general view of St Conleth's Park, Newbridge.

A general view of St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge.

 

Stephen O'Neill leads the Tyrone team onto the field with a group of Kildare supporters cheering them on.

Stephen O’Neill leads the Tyrone team onto the field with a group of Kildare supporters cheering them on.

 

Tyrone GAA senior team 2013 vs Kildare

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Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney walks on the field.

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney walks on the field.

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Dublin Vs Tyrone – 2013 GAA Allianz Football League, Division 1

Tyrone overturned the odds on Saturday night and defeated Dublin by one point after last Sunday’s disappointing performance to Cork. Dublin, who were missing influential star man Bernard Brogan, came close to clinching a draw at least throughout the game but strong, solid defending throughout the field from all the Tyrone players meant that they now top Division 1 with Dublin.

A modest crowd of under 20,000 watched the game under the lights at Croke Park but they unfortunately saw Tyrone hit 6 wides in the opening 10 minutes of the game. On the other end of the field, Dublin’s Paddy Andrews and Kevin Mc Manamon were creating havoc in the Tyrone defence with their pacing runs through the centre with one such run resulting in an early Dublin goal. Tyrone soon found their scoring form though and following points from Mark Donnelly, Sean Cavanagh and goalkeeper Niall Morgan they took a 0-10 to 1-06 lead at HT.

Dublin dominated possession in the opening period of the second half but strong tenacious defending from Tyrone meant they often found it difficult to find space to shoot. On the Canal End of the field, Tyrone’s Stephen O’Neill, Colm Cavanagh, Martin Penrose and subs Plunkett Kane and Paddy McNiece scored some magnificent long range strikes to keep Tyrone ahead by the smallest of margins. Further scores from Peter Harte and Plunkett Kane allowed Tyrone to enjoy a 3 point lead for a short time but this was cancelled out by 2 further points from Dublin. In a tense few minutes when Tyrone just wanted to keep hold of the ball, they counted down the clock and held on for a one point win.

Full time score; Dublin 1-14 Tyrone 0-18.

This was a tremendous win for Mickey Harte’s men and will probably see them now make the Division 1 semi finals. Before then though they have to meet Kildare next Sunday in Newbridge.

Tyrone captain Stephen O'Neill runs onto Croke Park. Also pictured is legendary Irish boxer Dublin's Bernard Dunne.

Tyrone captain Stephen O’Neill runs onto Croke Park. Also pictured is legendary Irish boxer Dublin’s Bernard Dunne.

 

Captains Stephen O'Neill and Diarmuid Connolly with referee Marty Duffy.

Captains Stephen O’Neill and Diarmuid Connolly with referee Marty Duffy.

 

Gavin Devlin takes part in a warm up drill with the players.

Gavin Devlin takes part in a warm up drill with the players.

 

Tyrone huddle together before the throw in.

Tyrone huddle together before the throw in.

 

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Tyrone Vs Cork – 2013 GAA Allianz Football League, Division 1

The good luck and triumph that Tyrone experienced during last Sunday’s win over Donegal was nowhere to be seen yesterday when a strong determined Cork side easily outclassed Tyrone who had one of those horrible days when nothing went right.

Temperatures were close to zero in Healy Park, Omagh and frequent sleet flurries blew through the strong winds which left playing conditions very difficult. Tyrone didn’t register their first score until the 18th minute from Ronan O’Neill, Stephen O’Neill and Kyle Coney soon scored again to level the board at 0-03 apiece. Cork however dominated in midfield with Graham Canty and Aidan Walsh excelling giving Donncha O’Connor and Paul Kerrigan plenty of supply and allowing Cork to extend their lead to 0-08 to 0-04 at HT.

In the second half, Tyrone only managed to score 4 further points despite dominating possession for large periods of the game and adding more attacking players. A strong, resilient Cork defence meant that Tyrone never had a chance of a goal throughout the game while many of their point chances went a-begging. Aidan Walsh then concluded the game with a couple of fine points for Cork.

Full time score; Tyrone 0-08 Cork 0-14.

It was a disappointing below par performance from Tyrone but there is nothing to panic about yet. They are virtually now safe for Division 1 football in 2014 but face the daunting task of Dublin next Saturday night in Croke Park.

Cork manager Conor Counihan pictured before the game.

Cork manager Conor Counihan pictured before the game.

 

The Cork team line out in Omagh.

The Cork team line out in Omagh.

 

Kyle Coney started for Tyrone in the forward line on Sunday.

Kyle Coney started for Tyrone in the forward line on Sunday.

 

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Frank’s Mission from St Ciaran’s Ballygawley to St Ciaran’s Zambia

Last Wednesday night I got the opportunity to visit the newly built Tyrone GAA centre in Garvaghey to take a photo of an extraordinary feat of one man all in the name of charity. On the 22nd March this year, local Ballygawley business man Frank Mc Nelis will make the journey from St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley to a new nursery school that is almost complete in Mulenga, Zambia by motorbike.

Tyrone’s Mickey Harte and players Stephen O’Neill, Peter Harte, Niall Morgan, Ciaran Mc Ginley, Aidan Cassidy, John Devine and Aidan Mc Crory showed their support to Frank’s mammoth mission which will see him travel over 10,000 miles, across 20 countries in approximately 8 weeks.

To donate to Frank’s charity ‘Direct Aid For Africa’ and the St Ciaran’s Peregrini spearheaded by Mr Pascal Canavan, visit www.justgiving.com/stciaransperegrini

Tyrone's Mickey Harte and some of the senior players show their support to Frank McNelis and the St Ciaran's Peregrini.

Tyrone’s Mickey Harte and some of the senior players show their support to Frank McNelis and the St Ciaran’s Peregrini.

 

Mr Pascal Canavan and his students support Frank before he departs on his 10,000 mile journey by motorbike.

Mr Pascal Canavan and his students support Frank before he departs on his 10,000 mile journey by motorbike.

 

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Tyrone Vs Donegal – 2013 GAA Allianz Football League, Division 1

Tyrone finally defeated Donegal on Sunday in the Allianz Division 1 league tie after 3 successive defeats in recent years to the current All-Ireland champions. After a three week break from the league, a massive crowd packed into Healy Park for the interesting fixture which will also be the first round tie of the 2013 Ulster championship this May.

Donegal started strongly and were unlucky not to have a scored a goal in the opening 20 seconds when Rory Kavanagh burst up the field and his shot rattled off the Tyrone bar. Soon after Tyrone took the lead with points coming from Mark Donnelly, Sean Cavanagh and goalkeeper Niall Morgan. Michael Murphy and Rory Kavanagh scored for Donegal and as half time approached, they trailed 0-06 to 0-04. One of the most dramatic parts of the day came before HT when Ryan McKenna fouled Ross Wherity inside the box to give Donegal a penalty. Captain Murphy stepped up and took the penalty but Niall Morgan pulled off a fantastic save to deny the All-Ireland champions taking a one point lead……a melee soon followed between players from both sides and referee Joe McQuillan gave Murphy his second booking of the day and he was off. Advantage Tyrone.

Even with their main man down, Donegal refused to give up and they had a couple of goal chances but it was Tyrone’s Stephen O’Neill who scored the only goal of the game after a lucky bounce of the ball. Joe McMahon, Peter Harte, Niall Morgan and Sean Cavanagh added further points and in a scrappy final few minutes, Donegal lost another man following the sending off of Neil Gallagher.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-13 Donegal 0-12

This win has put Tyrone comfortably joint top of Division 1 along side Kildare and it will also be a massive psychological boost for their future championship tie against Jim McGuinness’s men in May.

The Tyrone team line out after a 3 week league break.

The Tyrone team line out after a 3 week league break.

 

Michael Murphy leads Donegal onto Healy Park.

Michael Murphy leads Donegal onto Healy Park as the Tyrone team form a guard of honor.

 

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Referee for the game was Joe McQuillan.

Referee for the game was Joe McQuillan.

 

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