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Tyrone Vs Derry – 2014 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup Semi Final

Tyrone booked their place in another Dr McKenna Cup final with a narrow 3 point victory over Derry on Sunday.

Tyrone began where they left off on Wednesday night when with only 20 seconds on the clock, Niall McKenna fired in a goal to give them an immediate advantage. The home side then raced into a 1-04 to no score lead but for the last 15 minutes of the half, it was Derry who were probably the stronger side. Shot after shot from Derry was either kicked wide or short and they also had at least 2 goal chances which somehow didn’t go into the net. But it was Tyrone that went at the break 1-06 to 0-05 ahead.

In the second half, Mattie Donnelly broke into the square and was pulled down and it was Peter Harte who struck home his second penalty of the week into the back of the net to restore a 7 point lead. However Brian McIver’s side refused to lie down and they fought back to within 3 points following scores from Declan Mullan and James Kielt. But Tyrone held for a 3 point win which will see them take on Cavan in the Dr McKenna Cup final in Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Saturday evening…… a venue and team Tyrone haven’t had the best record against in recent years of minor and U21 football.

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

Below are my photos from the match, all taken on Canon gear.

Arriving onto Healy Park, Omagh.

Arriving onto Healy Park, Omagh.

 

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The Tyrone management of Tony Donnelly, Mickey Harte and Gavin Devlin.

The Tyrone management of Tony Donnelly, Mickey Harte and Gavin Devlin.

 

Conor Clarke warms uop before the game.

Conor Clarke warms up before the game.

 

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Tyrone Vs Armagh – 2014 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup, Round 3

Tyrone staged a fantastic display of football on Wednesday night in the third round of the Dr. McKenna Cup with a massive 24 point win over Armagh, a result which left them comfortably at the top of the group and into the semi finals this weekend.

Armagh popped over a couple of early points which was then equalled by Tyrone’s Ronan O’Neill. Ciaran McGinley then burst through the Armagh defence and put the ball into the back of the net with a fantastic solo goal. Another wonder goal followed soon after, this time from Mattie Donnelly who weaved his way around the inside of the Armagh back line and finished from close range. Paddy McNiece, Niall Morgan and Conan Grugan added further points in the first half to leave Tyrone with a comfortable 2-10 to 0-04 lead.

Tyrone began where they left off in the second half with an early goal from PJ Lavery. Mattie Donnelly was pushed inside the square as he ran in for a goal minutes later and Peter Harte converted the penalty. Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, Aidan McCrory kept Jamie Clarke quiet but he could have had a goal too if it wasn’t for a great save from Morgan. More points followed as the game ended as a contest and just before full time, PJ Lavery added a remarkable fifth goal to leave it a night to forget for Armagh.

Full time score; Tyrone 5-16 Armagh 0-07.

This obviously was a great result but the Red Hands will have to regroup and refocus for Sunday as Derry travel to Omagh looking for a place in the 2014 Dr McKenna Cup final.

Raring to go..... Tyrone captain on Wednesday night, Mattie Donnelly, makes his way out of the changing rooms and down the tunnel onto Healy Park.

Raring to go….. Tyrone captain on Wednesday night, Mattie Donnelly, makes his way out of the changing rooms and down the tunnel onto Healy Park.

 

Conan Grugan pictured in the team huddle before the throw in.

Conan Grugan pictured in the team huddle before the throw in.

 

Armagh's James Lavery takes the ball away from Paddy McNiece.

Armagh’s James Lavery takes the ball away from Paddy McNiece.

 

Paddy McNiece pushes away from Charlie Vernon.

Mattie Donnelly pushes away from Charlie Vernon.

 

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Tyrone Vs QUB – 2014 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup, Round 2

My first football/photography outing of the year took me to Healy Park, Omagh for the second round Dr Mc Kenna Cup tie between title holders Tyrone and students Queen’s University Belfast.

Conditions were pretty dire for the game with cold temperatures and a lashing rain blowing sideways. QUB played with the wind in the first half and used it well, the students showing a few gaps around the Tyrone defence in the first half. Danny McNulty struck an early Tyrone goal but Shay McArdle hit the back of the Tyrone after an impressive solo run. At half time the sides went in level, 1-06 apiece.

Queen’s hit two early points in the second half but that’s as good as it got for them as they failed to score for the final 30 minutes. During this time, Tyrone went on rampage mode as they used the strength of the breeze to its full advantage. Peter Hughes, Connor McAliskey, PJ Lavery and Ronan O’Neill all soared over points and late into the game, Tyrone senior debutant PJ Lavery finished well to the back of the net and sub Paddy Mc Niece scored a third goal close to full time.

In the end there were 17 points between the 2 sides but Mickey Harte’s team will be hoping to finish top of the group on Wednesday night when they meet Armagh in their final group game.

Full time score; Tyrone 3-19 QUB 1-08.

The new look Tyrone team line out in Healy Park.

The new look Tyrone team line out in Healy Park.

 

Queen's University Belfast Dr McKenna Cup team.

Queen’s University Belfast Dr McKenna Cup team.

 

One to watch for the future...Ardboe's Shay McGuigan.

One to watch for the future…Ardboe’s Shay McGuigan.

 

Peter Hughes up against Connor McAliskey and Hugh Gallagher in a pre-game drill.

Peter Hughes up against Connor McAliskey and Hugh Gallagher in a pre-game drill.

 

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