Monthly Archives: September 2013

Moy Vs Trillick – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, Quarter Final

Moy continued their successful arrival back in senior football with a victory over Trillick in the Tyrone SFC quarter finals yesterday in Pomeroy.

Paul Rouse scored the decisive goal for Moy in the first half and combined with some excellent play from the Cavanagh brothers (again!), Ryan Mellon, Karol McQuaid and Eunan Deeney, they went in 1-05 to 0-05 up at the break. The second half had no longer started however when Trillick’s rising star Rory Brennan sustained a serious injury – the ambulance services were then called for which resulted in a 45 minute delay to the game. (Thankfully I hear the injury isn’t as bad as first thought but it was best to air on the side of caution).

I left the game at this point as I had the 2 games in Dungannon also to cover but Moy held on despite a late rally from Trillick to set up a Tyrone SFC semi final tie against Carrickmore on Saturday.

Full time score; Moy 1-09 Trillick 0-09.

The Voice winner Andrea Begley sings the national anthem in her hometown of Pomeroy.

The Voice winner Andrea Begley sings the national anthem in her hometown of Pomeroy.

 

Paul Rouse is held back by two Trillick defenders.

Paul Rouse is held back by two Trillick defenders.

 

Sean Cavanagh goes on another bursting run for Moy.

Sean Cavanagh goes on another bursting run for Moy.

 

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Errigal Ciaran Vs Augher – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, Quarter Final

Errigal Ciaran took on Augher in the quarter finals of the Tyrone SFC on Wednesday night, just 4 days after defeating Dromore in their first round replay.

Many people thought this quick turnaround could have been to Augher’s advantage but it wasn’t to be as Errigal sweeped the opposition aside in a very one sided game which was at the opposite end of the entertainment scale compared to both Dromore games. Top scorers for Errigal on the night were Ciaran McGinley, Peter Harte and Mark Kavanagh while Augher’s Colly McKenna scored a late consolation goal for them.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 4-15 Augher 1-04

Errigal Ciaran will now play the winners of this weekend’s Clonoe Vs Eglish game.

Daire Kavanagh gets space for Augher.

Daire Kavanagh gets space for Augher.

 

Paul Quinn is pulled down on the ball.

Paul Quinn is pulled down on the ball.

 

County player Aidan Cassidy bursts through the defence.

County player Aidan Cassidy bursts through the defence.

 

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GAA Football Stars of the 80s Team

Just before the All Ireland senior football final took place on Sunday, the GAA Stars of the 80s team were recognised and Tyrone had two representatives on the team – Augher’s Eugene McKenna and Ardboe’s Frank McGuigan, two great players of their time.

Here are a few pics of them.

 

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Eugene McKenna from Augher GFC was recognised on Sunday.

 

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Frank McGuigan from Ardboe GFC was recognised.

Frank McGuigan from Ardboe GFC was recognised.

 

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The GAA Stars of the 80s team.

The GAA Stars of the 80s team.

 

Tyrone's two representatives on the Stars of the 80s team.

Tyrone’s two representatives on the Stars of the 80s team.

 

 

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Tyrone Vs Mayo – 2013 GAA All Ireland Minor Football Final

On Sunday I was fortunate enough to be at the biggest day of the GAA calendar year and photograph at the All-Ireland finals in Croke Park, Dublin. Tyrone minors (who I unfortunately missed a lot of this summer) were up against a fancied Mayo side.

As everyone knows now, Tyrone got off to a strong start and despite a number of wides they were 0-05 to 0-03 up thanks to scores from Ronan Nugent and Ruairi McGlone. But Mayo struck back with an excellent goal to give them a 1-04 to 0-05 lead at HT.

Mayo’s strong start to the first half continued into the second half when Darragh Doherty struck the back of the Tyrone net again to get them a strong 8 point lead over the game. Tyrone did not give up however and chipped the deficit away and although Conor McKenna struck a goal late into injury time, Mayo held on for a 3 point win and lifted the Tom Markham Cup.

Full time score; Mayo 2-13 Tyrone 1-13.

Hard luck to Tyrone minors and their management, not many people would have believed this side would have got to an Ulster Final this year never mind an All Ireland final so they can hold their heads high and be proud of what they have achieved.

A general view of Croke Park, Dublin just after 12pm.

A general view of Croke Park, Dublin from my seating position just after 12pm.

 

The Tyrone minor team arrive onto the field.

The Tyrone minor team arrive onto the field.

 

The Mayo minor team.

The Mayo minor team.

 

Mickey Donnelly has a final word with his backroom team.

Mickey Donnelly has a final word with his backroom team.

 

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Errigal Ciaran Vs Dromore – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, First Round Replay

Errigal Ciaran and Dromore served another fantastic game of football on Saturday afternoon in their Tyrone SFC first round replay in front of another great crowd in Carrickmore.

Ronan Mc Guckin’s defied the sceptics and put in another brilliant performance with Shane Hackett, Ronan McRory, Eoin Quinn, Paul Quinn and Sean McKenna all putting in fine performances to name a few but this really was a team effort again. The first half was a very similar affair to last weekend except this time round the sides were both level at 0-05 each at HT.

Dromore got a massive boost in confidence when Ryan O’Neill scored a goal in the opening seconds of the second half to give them the lead but minutes later Mark Kavanagh scrambled the ball into the net past Peter Ward to tie the game again. Damien McDermott came off the bench to score a couple more points and Ronan McRory sealed the game for Errigal as Dromore were reduced to 14 men following the sending off of Eoin McCusker.

It’s no let up for Errigal Ciaran though as they are back in action on Wednesday night taking on Augher in the quarter finals.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 1-13 Dromore 1-09.

Dromore captain Ryan McMenamin, referee Cathal O'Hagan and Errigal Ciaran captain Peter Harte.

Dromore captain Ryan McMenamin, referee Cathal O’Hagan and Errigal Ciaran captain Peter Harte.

 

A farmer carries on with his work as the match takes place in Carrickmore.

A farmer carries on with his work as the match takes place in Carrickmore.

 

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Paul Quinn collects the ball in the air for Errigal Ciaran.

Paul Quinn collects the ball in the air for Errigal Ciaran.

 

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Carrickmore Vs Coalisland – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, Quarter Final

Seven days after they played their opening game of the Tyrone SFC against Cookstown Fr Rocks, Carrickmore were in action again in Healy Park against Coalisland na Fianna who enjoyed an easy opening round victory over Derrylaughan two weeks ago. This tie was a repeat of the 2009 Tyrone SFC final tie in which Coalisland eased to victory but that was 4 years ago and both sides have changed a fair bit since then.

Carrickmore started strongly and a quick free kick in the opening 15 minutes found Martin Penrose who was able to take the ball around the Coalisland goalkeeper and hit the back of the net. A huge error between the Coalisland defence and goalie resulted in a second Carrickmore goal when Conor Gormley slapped down Johnny Curran’s attempted clearance and fisted the ball into the net. Coalisland had the chance to narrow the gap before HT but Plunkett Kane’s penalty strike was saved by Oz Mc Callan. At half time, Carmen were comfortably ahead 2-04 to 0-03.

The second half saw the introduction of Coalisland’s Stephen Mc Nally who caused huge problems in the Carmen defence and a Coalisland goal came 2 minutes into the half. The Fianna continued to press and added on a couple more points and then referee Martin Sludden awarded another Coalisland penalty – this time Gerard Toner converted the spot kick to leave it 2-05 apiece. As the minutes counted down, it looked as if the game may be heading to a replay but Carmen added 2 points either side of injury time from Martin Penrose and Caolan Daly to claim the victory….. a brilliant come back from Coalisland but they left themselves with a little too much work to do especially after losing a man in the first half to a straight red card offence.

Full time score; Carrickmore 2-08 Coalisland 2-06.

Carrickmore have progressed to this year's Tyrone SFC semi finals.

Carrickmore have progressed to this year’s Tyrone SFC semi finals.

 

The Coalisland na Fianna senior team line out.

The Coalisland na Fianna senior team line out.

 

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Louis O'Neill keeps hold of Carrickmore's Martin Penrose.

Louis O’Neill keeps hold of Carrickmore’s Martin Penrose.

 

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Errigal Ciaran Vs Dromore – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, First Round

Errigal Ciaran and Dromore met again on Sunday night’s first round game in a repeat of last year’s Tyrone SFC championship final. A huge crowd turned out in Carrickmore for the clash of the titans and those who braved the dark, wet and windy conditions were rewarded with a great battle.

Right from the very start both teams gave it their all, and although a weaker side on paper following the retirement earlier this year of Enda Mc Ginley, it was Errigal Ciaran who took an early 2 point lead in the game. Dromore then got onto the score board but although the scores were at a premium, there was plenty of action on the field to keep the crowd entertained and on their toes. At HT it was Errigal who took a 0-04 to 0-03 lead in with them.

Conditions worsened very quickly across Carrickmore in the second half and with no floodlights available, it made it very difficult to see the play on the field. In order to get any sort of decent photos on my camera I had to increase the ISO to 4000 to achieve a shutter speed of 1/320 (a setting I have never had to go up to in over 4 years of shooting GAA – it was that bad!) The poor light didn’t keep Dromore’s Eoin Mc Cusker finding where the posts where though and with a few minutes remaining, it was Dromore who took a 0-06 to 0-07 lead. As things on the field got even hotter, a well cool and composed Errigal move resulted in experienced midfielder Cormac Mc Ginley firing over the equaliser and that’s how it ended….. until the replay this Saturday anyway! A great game of football….. one of the best in this year’s Tyrone club championship.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 0-07 Dromore 0-07.

The Dromore St Dympnas senior team.

The Dromore St Dympnas senior team.

 

The Errigal Ciaran senior team.

The Errigal Ciaran senior team.

 

Both teams get stuck in seconds after the throw in.

Both teams get stuck in seconds after the throw in.

 

Peter Harte strikes for a point for Errigal.

Peter Harte strikes for a point for Errigal.

 

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Clonoe Vs Omagh – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, First Round

In the second double header in Dunmoyle, Clonoe and Omagh met again in the Tyrone SFC first round game.

Omagh St Endas made a number of late changes to their side before the throw in and they went in without Joe Mc Mahon and Cathal Mc Carron to name two major players, a blow to any team. Clonoe got off to a fine start when Connor Mc Aliskey got onto the end of a high ball and flicked it into the net. Omagh responded right away and a fine move resulted in Ronan O’Neill too fisting the ball into the Clonoe net. This was as close the teams got though as Clonoe took a 1-08 to 1-04 lead in with them at HT.

Clonoe started where they left off in the second half when they were awarded two penalties, both of which were converted by Colm Doris and despite the late dismissal of Dan Mc Nulty for Clonoe they held on for a deserving 8 point win.

Full time score; Clonoe 3-09 Omagh 1-07

The Clonoe O'Rahillys senior team.

The Clonoe O’Rahillys senior team.

 

The Omagh St Endas senior team.

The Omagh St Endas senior team.

 

Ciaran Mc Laughlin fists over a point for Omagh.

Ciaran Mc Laughlin fists over a point for Omagh.

 

Ronan O'Neill on the attack for Omagh.

Ronan O’Neill on the attack for Omagh.

 

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Rock Vs Derrytresk – 2013 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Club Championship, First Round

The first Tyrone championship tie on Sunday took place in Dunmoyle when Rock played Derrytresk in the Tyrone Intermediate club championship.

Conditions were very windy but fortunately dry but it had a major impact on the quality of the game. Rock played with the breeze in the first half and made the most of it with points coming from Diarmuid Carroll and Conor Mc Creesh allowing them to take a 0-06 to 0-01 lead in at HT.

In the second half, Derrytresk played with the breeze but failed to use it to the same advantage. Niall Gavin hit an early point for Derrytresk but Rock kept battling too with scores coming from Aidan Mc Garrity and Mc Creesh. In the end, Rock proved too strong in around midfield and it’s Paudge Quinn’s side who progress to the quarters.

Full time score; Rock 0-09 Derrytresk 0-03.

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Eamon Ward attacks for Rock.

Eamon Ward attacks for Rock.

 

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Moy Vs Killyclogher – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, First Round

Moy produced one of the comebacks of the Tyrone SFC on Saturday against Killyclogher when they overturned a 5 point trail at HT to win in emphatic style.

Killyclogher looked comfortable after 2 first half goals from Leo Meenan and James Carlin  to give them a 2-04 to 0-05 lead at HT. Moy however struck back immediately in the second half with Declan Conroy hitting the back of the net and then Ryan Mellon converted a penalty.  Moy began to control around midfield thanks to the Cavanagh brothers and Niall Conlon struck a third goal, giving them the lead for the first time. Killyclogher had no response to this onslaught and failed to score in the second half…. a game of two halves.

Full time score; Moy 3-09 Killyclogher 2-04.

Well done to Moy, they now move onto play Trillick in the quarter finals.

Below are my photos from Galbally.

The Killyclogher St Marys senior team.

The Killyclogher St Marys senior team.

 

The Moy senior team line out in Galbally.

The Moy senior team line out in Galbally.

 

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Karol Mc Quade in action for Moy.

Karol Mc Quade in action for Moy.

 

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