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Tyrone Vs Dublin – 2013 GAA Allianz National League, Division 1 Final

On Sunday, media underdogs Tyrone faced Dublin in the Allianz NFL Division 1 final in the GAA headquarters of Croke Park. Tyrone experienced huge misfortune minutes before the game when captain Stephen O’Neill injured himself in a warm up activity forcing him to have no part in their first Division 1 final in 10 years, a huge set back for Tyrone especially when they were also without the input of Peter Harte, also out to injury.

Despite these absences however, Tyrone had more than enough high calibre players to call on and although trailing by 0-04 to 0-01 in the opening 10 minutes after points from Bernard Brogan and Diarmuid Connolly, they soon found their flow drawing level with scores from Connor McAliskey, Matthew Donnelly and goalkeeper Niall Morgan. The points continued to come from both ends throughout the half and although Dublin came closest to scoring a goal, both sides went in at the break 0-10 apiece.

Tyrone played with breeze in the second half towards the Canal End and this breeze helped Morgan score further 45’s. Aidan Cassidy, who came on for an injured Dermot Carlin, worked tirelessly around the heart of the field along with Sean Cavanagh, Mark Donnelly and Joe McMahon. The scoreline throughout the second half rarely had no more than one point in it and on the 67th minute, it was advantage Tyrone after a Martin Penrose score. But changes on the Dublin bench saw Dean Rock come on and spoil Tyrone’s chances of picking up a second piece of silverware in 2013 after he scored 2 points to leave Dublin the 2013 Allianz NFL Division 1 champions.

Full time score; Tyrone 0-17 Dublin 0-18

There were a lot of question marks regarding referee Martin Duffy’s decision to only award 1 minute of injury time which was highly suspect but all in all it was an excellent Tyrone performance and one which will send out a clear signal of intent to Donegal who they meet in 4 weeks time in the first round of the Ulster Senior Championship.

Dublin's Stephen Cluxton lifts the Allianz NFL Division 1 cup.

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton lifts the Allianz NFL Division 1 cup.

 

The Tyrone team line out for the team photo minus Stephen O'Neill.

The Tyrone team line out for the team photo minus Stephen O’Neill.

 

Joe McMahon was captain for the game.

Joe McMahon was captain for the game.

 

Niall Morgan warms up before the game with some shooting drills.

Niall Morgan warms up before the game with some shooting drills.

 

A final word from Mickey.

A final word from Mickey.

 

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2013 Cookstown Fr Rocks GFC Club Awards

On Friday night, I was privileged to be asked to attend the Cookstown Fr Rocks GFC club awards in the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown and photograph the night’s events. It may seem a little late for a club to have their annual awards night (or dinner dance) celebrating their 2012 year at the end of the April 2013 but when you are the All Ireland Intermediate football champions and the fact their 2012 football season didn’t actually finish until mid way through February, then that should explain it all!

There aren’t many, if any, bad football clubs in Tyrone – there are lots of good football clubs, some are very good but a very small percentage are outstanding. Cookstown Fr Rocks is one of these clubs that I would class in the ‘outstanding’ category. I am of the firm believing that although All-Irelands may be won on the football field, it starts in the committee or club rooms many months before a ball is kicked. Fr Rocks have a very committed and hard working committee spear headed by Adrian Gilmore and a very dedicated club sponsor, Dominic Crilly from Steelweld Fabrication Ltd, and as one can imagine, everything was professionally planned and executed on the night.

Friday night concluded their hugely successful year – at the top table they had the Tyrone Intermediate league shield, Tyrone Intermediate championship title, Ulster Intermediate title and the All-Ireland Intermediate title….. no mean achievement at all!

Below is a gallery of photos from the night. Best of luck to them this year in the Senior league.

 

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Rock GFC – 2013 Tyrone Grade 2 Feile Champions

Rock GFC carried on their successful reign in underage football in the county when they won the Tyrone Grade 2 Feile final in Garvaghey last week.

Here are a couple of pictures of the boys and their managers taken up at their club grounds. Good luck to them in the All-Ireland finals in Derry this summer.

 

The successful U14 Rock team with their Tyrone Grade 2 Feile shield.

The successful U14 Rock team with their Tyrone Grade 2 Feile shield.

 

The Rock U14 team are joined with their managers Adrian Nugent and Adrian Corrigan.

The Rock U14 team are joined with their managers Adrian Nugent and Adrian Corrigan.

 

 

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Edendork Vs Brackaville – 2013 Tyrone GAA ACL Division 2

The 2013 Hunky Dorys Tyrone ACL finally got under way on Sunday after a length break over the winter period. For the opening club game of the season, I went to the Division 2 tie between Edendork and Brackaville….. last year’s Tyrone Junior champions Brackaville and relegated 2012 Division 1 side Edendork finally meeting each other after many years.

Edendork got off to the perfect start when their corner forward David Toner struck the back of the net after 5 minutes but Brackaville gradually edged their way in thanks to the boot of Ciaran Gervin and Che O’Donnell to leave Brackaville 1-03 to 0-07 up at HT.

The home side played well in the opening period of the second half but were wasteful in front of the posts with too many shots wide of the target. Scores from Niall Morgan, Toner and Karl McGuckin did however put them into the lead for a short time but they gradually found themselves on the wrong side of referee Martin Sludden’s whistle.  This allowed Brackaville to keep a foot in the game and as full time approached, a chipped in free inside the box allowed Brackaville’s Che O’Donnell to scramble the ball into the net and secure a draw….. probably a fair result over the whole game.

Full time score; Edendork 1-08 Brackaville 1-08.

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Jake Ferguson attacks in the opening minutes for Edendork.

Jake Ferguson attacks in the opening minutes for Edendork.

 

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

I was back in Croke Park, Dublin on Sunday afternoon to see Tyrone take on Kildare in the Allianz National football league Division 1 semi finals, a repeat of the league round tie just two weeks ago. Mickey Harte made a number of changes to the side that narrowly lost out to Kerry last week while Joe Mc Mahon was ruled out at the last minute after he picked up an injury.

Conditions in Croke Park were quite warm and pleasant, a first this year. And the quality of football on the football field shone too with a slick Tyrone move finishing with a quality finish by Mattie Donnelly. Kildare soon arrived however and, using the full space of the field, edged ahead after points from Johnny Doyle and Eoghan O’Flaherty. Kildare then struck goal themselves when Paddy Brophy blasted in a saved shot from close range after a well worked move and Tyrone went in at the break 1-06 to 1-05 down.

Tyrone responded immediately in the second half with a point from Martin Penrose and after a hefty challenge from Stephen O’Neill, the ball found Mark Donnelly who scored another goal for Tyrone (his goal count is definitely racking up this year!) Further points by Connor McAliskey and Stephen O’Neill gave Tyrone a comfortable lead but a Kildare goal in the 55th minute meant that a draw and extra time was becoming a possibility. But up stepped Tyrone captain Stephen O’Neill who scored 2 wonder points (which were a pleasure to see in real life) and Mark Donnelly finished the scoring with another point.

Full time score; Tyrone 2-15 Kildare 2-11

Sunday’s performance was classic Tyrone in Croke Park and it certainly ranks as one of my favourite Tyrone games since their last All-Ireland victory in 2008. Let’s hope they can finish it off with a Allianz Division 1 league title (their first since 2003) over Dublin in 2 weeks time.

The Kildare team line out in Croke Park.

The Kildare team line out in Croke Park.

 

Tyrone in their red jersey for the Allianz NFL Division 1 semi final.

Tyrone in their red jersey for the Allianz NFL Division 1 semi final.

 

Darren McCurry practices his shooting before the throw in.

Darren McCurry practices his shooting before the throw in.

 

An injured Joe McMahon was on water duties on Sunday.

An injured Joe McMahon was on water duties on Sunday following his late injury.

 

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St Patrick’s Maghera Vs St Patrick’s Navan – 2013 GAA All Ireland Colleges Final

After the vocational schools final, the two St Patrick’s sides from Maghera and Navan took on each other in the Masita All-Ireland Colleges Final to see who would be taking home the coveted Hogan Cup.

From the beginning of the game, Maghera dominated throughout with scores coming from Gerald Bradley, Neil Mc Nicholl, Danny Tallon and Stephen O’Hara. Excellent work in and around midfield from Peter Cassidy and Conor Glass meant that their five point lead at half time never looked liked slipping and they went onto secure their fifth overall Hogan Cup title on a scoreline of St Pat’s Maghera 1-20 St Pat’s Navan 1-10.

Well done to them and their great supporters who I had a good laugh with at half time.

Conor Carville lifts the Hogan Cup for St Patrick's Maghera.

Conor Carville lifts the Hogan Cup for St Patrick’s Maghera.

 

The Maghera boys line out for the national anthem.

The Maghera boys line out for the national anthem.

 

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Holy Trinity Cookstown Vs Cnoc Mhuire Granard – 2013 GAA All Ireland Vocational Schools Final

On Saturday, I travelled down to Croke Park for the Masita All-Ireland vocational schools and colleges finals. First game that was up was the vocational schools final between Tyrone’s Holy Trinity Cookstown and Cnoc Mhuire, Granard. Holy Trinity were hoping to repeat last year’s All-Ireland success with a back to back win for Peter Canavan and Adrian O’Donnell’s side.

Holy Trinity got off to a lucky start after a fortunate goal but Cnoc Mhuire soon struck back with a similar fortunate goal of their own. The Tyrone boys were guilty on several occasions of poor passing and free kick taking resulting in Granard taking a lead and even after their midfielder was sent off in the opening half, they couldn’t use it to their advantage going in at half time trailing 2-07 to 1-04.

A more spirited Cookstown side came out in the second half and after a few changes from the bench, they gradually started pulling back the deficit. After another fortunate goal for Holy Trinity, points from Daryl Mc Gee, James Mc Gahan and Damian Woods really sent the game down to the wire as full time approached but it was too little too late for the Trinity when a high tackle in injury time resulted in them also being reduced to 14 men and then the full time whistle sounded.

Full time score; Holy Trinity Cookstown 2-12 Cnoc Mhuire Granard 2-13

Hard luck to them, I’m sure they won’t be far away from reaching the same stage in 2014.

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Joint manager of Holy Trinity Cookstown, Peter Canavan.

Joint manager of Holy Trinity Cookstown, Peter Canavan.

 

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Cnoc Mhuire strike goal.

Cnoc Mhuire strike goal.

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The Errigal Ciaran 250 Cycle

Errigal Ciaran GAC launched their 250km cycle for charity during the week in their clubrooms with county managers Mickey Harte, Peter Canavan and Malachy O’Rourke. The event, which will take place over the 17/18 August will see all competitors cycle from Dunmoyle to Sligo and back again all in aid of The Michaela Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Errigal Ciaran cyclists Eamonn McCaffrey, Fergal Ward (club chairman) and Dana Neill are joined with inter-county managers Peter Canavan, Malachy O'Rourke and Mickey Harte at the launch of The Errigal 250 Cycle. The event, which everyone is invited to take part in, will take place on the 17/18 August and see competitors cycling from Errigal to Co Sligo and back home again, a total distance of 250km. The registration night will take place in Kelly's Inn on 26th April at 8pm. All donations from the funds will go towards The Micheala Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Errigal Ciaran cyclists Eamonn McCaffrey, Fergal Ward (club chairman) and Dana Neill are joined with inter-county managers Peter Canavan, Malachy O’Rourke and Mickey Harte at the launch of The Errigal 250 Cycle. The event, which everyone is invited to take part in, will take place on the 17/18 August and see competitors cycling from Errigal to Co Sligo and back home again, a total distance of 250km. The registration night will take place in Kelly’s Inn on 26th April at 8pm. All donations from the funds will go towards The Micheala Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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2013 Aghaloo GFC Sponsorship Deals

During the week, Aghaloo secured new sponsorship deals for their U14, U16, minor and senior teams.

Hopefully all the local businesses will get their return when the teams win some silverware this year!

 

Aghaloo GFC, Co Tyrone were proud to unveil their new team sponsors for 2013. From left, Gerard Henderson (Caledon Radiators) is sponsoring the U16 team, Ann Henderson (Cafe Rose) is sponsoring the U14 team, Geraldine Gildernew (representing Aghaloo Credit Union) is sponsoring the Minor team and Elaine McCrudden (representing SuperValu, Aughnacloy) is sponsoring the senior team. Also pictured is club chairman John O'Neill and secretary Stephen Donnelly.

Aghaloo GFC, Co Tyrone were proud to unveil their new team sponsors for 2013. From left, Gerard Henderson (Caledon Radiators) is sponsoring the U16 team, Ann Henderson (Cafe Rose) is sponsoring the U14 team, Geraldine Gildernew (representing Aghaloo Credit Union) is sponsoring the Minor team and Elaine McCrudden (representing SuperValu, Aughnacloy) is sponsoring the senior team. Also pictured is club chairman John O’Neill and secretary Stephen Donnelly.

 

Elaine McCrudden (representing SuperValu, Aughnacloy) joins Aghaloo senior manager Cathal Mulgrew and chairman John O'Neill after the announcement that SuperValu are renewing their sponorship with the Aghaloo senior team for 2013.

Elaine McCrudden (representing SuperValu, Aughnacloy) joins Aghaloo senior manager Cathal Mulgrew and chairman John O’Neill after the announcement that SuperValu are renewing their sponorship with the Aghaloo senior team for 2013.

 

Gerard Henderson from Caledon Radiators proudly sponsors the Aghaloo U16 team for 2013. Included in the picture is club chairman John O'Neill, managers Jerome McElroy and Sean Douglas and current player Jody McGlone.

Gerard Henderson from Caledon Radiators proudly sponsors the Aghaloo U16 team for 2013. Included in the picture is club chairman John O’Neill, managers Jerome McElroy and Sean Douglas and current player Jody McGlone.

 

Aghaloo Credit Union members Eileen Treanor, Colm Gildernew and Geraldine Gildernew are proud to sponsor the Aghaloo minor team this year. Joining them is manager Eamonn McCaughey, chairman John O'Neill and current player Eoin Ward.

Aghaloo Credit Union members Eileen Treanor, Colm Gildernew and Geraldine Gildernew are proud to sponsor the Aghaloo minor team this year. Joining them is manager Eamonn McCaughey, chairman John O’Neill and current player Eoin Ward.

 

New sponsor of the Aghaloo U14 team, Ann Henderson (Cafe Rose) presents managers Eamonn O'Neill and Micheal Muldoon and current player Kyle McMenamin their new jersey.

New sponsor of the Aghaloo U14 team, Ann Henderson (Cafe Rose) presents managers Eamonn O’Neill and Micheal Muldoon and current player Kyle McMenamin their new jersey.

 

 

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

Tyrone’s final league group game took place on Sunday against arch rivals (but really best buddies!) Kerry. This was a must win game for Kerry if they wanted to stay in Division 1 whereas Tyrone were only playing for pride and experience against one of the top 4 teams in Ireland as they have already reached the Division 1 semi finals. A 10,000+ crowd packed into Healy Park for the televised game.

Kerry, as expected, started with all guns blazing, scoring points from every angle with the help of the considerable breeze. Colm Cooper, playing in half forward, delivered some lovely passes into Kieran Donaghy, Declan and Darran O’Sullivan and they penetrated the Tyrone defence multiple times and could have had a goal or two with their work. Their opening goal in fact though came from half back Tomas O’Se which left Tyrone a massive 12 point deficit at HT on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-05.

In the second half, Tyrone used the breeze to their advantage and they weren’t long clawing back Kerry’s lead. Martin Penrose, Stephen O’Neill, Joe Mc Mahon, Conor Gormley and Conor Clarke soon roused the home crowd and the Red Hands were soon 8 points behind after Stephen O’Neill’s goal, then 7, 6, 5, then 4. It was all building up to an exciting climax! Referee Martin Duffy however was slow to get play resumed after some prolonged ‘injuries’ from the Kerry men to the frustration of the crowd. Tyrone kept pushing in the 4 minutes of injury time and Mark Donnelly managed to palm the ball into the net to make it a one point game but the clock eventually beat Tyrone and they were edged out on final score of 2-12 to Kerry’s 1-16.

This result meant that Kerry stay in Division 1 for 2014. Tyrone will play Kildare again next Sunday in the Allianz Division 1 semi final in Croke Park, this game was certainly great preparation for it.

Below are my photos from sandy Omagh!

The Kerry team line out in Healy Park.

The Kerry team line out in Healy Park.

 

Captains Stephen O'Neill and Eoin Brosnan shake hands before the game.

Captains Stephen O’Neill and Eoin Brosnan shake hands before the game.

 

Mark Donnelly warms up for Tyrone before the game.

Mark Donnelly warms up for Tyrone before the game.

 

Kerry's Paul Galvin takes a shot in the opening minutes.

Kerry’s Paul Galvin takes a shot in the opening minutes.

 

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