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Tyrone Vs Cavan – 2014 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup Final

Tyrone retained the Dr. McKenna Cup on Wednesday night following a hard fought 7 point win over Cavan in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

Three weeks after the final was originally meant to have taken place and a couple of venue changes later, both teams had the experience of getting two league games over them with Tyrone having the extra advantage of meeting Division 1 teams Mayo and Derry. However, with the Sigerson finals on this weekend, Tyrone had to play the game without ace forwards Connor McAliskey, Ronan O’Neill and Mattie Donnelly who were all in action for UUJ and Darren McCurry who was out through flu. But with the inclusion of Mark Donnelly, Sean Cavanagh, PJ Quinn and Kyle Coney, who all made their first McKenna Cup starts this year, it meant that there was more than enough quality to replace them with.

Cavan started the game, and indeed the first half, the strongest with points from Bernard Dunne and Eugene Keatings putting them into a 3 point to no score lead. Niall Morgan scored a few frees to keep Tyrone in contention but Cavan continued to tackle and play hard and points from Keatings put them 0-08 to 0-04 ahead with HT approaching. A tap in goal from Plunkett Kane following some good work from Mark Donnelly allowed Tyrone to go in level at the break.

Tyrone played with the breeze in the second half and started with great gusto – Paddy McNiece broke free on two occasions only to see the ball go narrowly over the crossbar rather than into the back of the net. Cavan, down to 14 men by this stage, were now finding to difficult to control the power of Sean Cavanagh in midfield, the pacey runs of PJ Lavery and the shooting power of Kyle Coney and they ran out comfortable winners by 7 points on the night and Dr McKenna Cup winners for the third successive year.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-15 Cavan 0-11.

Below are my pics from the game.

Tyrone are holders of the Dr McKenna Cup for the third year in a row.

Tyrone are holders of the Dr McKenna Cup for the third year in a row.

 

The Tyrone starting fifteen players on Wednesday night.

The Tyrone starting fifteen players on Wednesday night.

 

Martin Dunne knocks over an early score.

Martin Dunne knocks over an early score.

 

Ryan McKenna in command in the back line for Tyrone.

Ryan McKenna in command in the back line for Tyrone.

 

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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon Vs Abbey CBS, Newry – 2014 GAA MacRory Cup, Quarter Final

On Thursday night in the Athletic Grounds, the quarter finals of the MacRory Cup took place between my old school of St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon and Newry’s Abbey CBS.

In true school’s football style, it was a game of two halves for both sides with Abbey CBS dominating well in the first half and going in at the break with a comfortable 5 point lead. Then St Patrick’s Academy turned the tide in the second half with some fantastic scores and a powerhouse performance from all the players which saw them take the lead by 4 points approaching full time. As safe as this sounded, Abbey CBS somehow got the ball into the net on the 60th minute and what seemed like a dubious enough free to me was awarded to Abbey in the dying seconds of injury time to give them the draw.

A fair enough result perhaps over the 60 minutes, hopefully St Pat’s can give another performance like their second half display for the replay in the next few days.

Full time score; St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon 2-13 Abbey CBS 2-13

Players from both schools get to know each other in the opening minutes.

Players from both schools get to know each other in the opening minutes.

 

Ruairi McGlone leaps for the ball in the air.

Ruairi McGlone leaps for the ball in the air.

 

This Academy defender gets one in the face despite making a clean catch.

This Academy defender gets one in the face despite making a clean catch.

 

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Tyrone Vs Mayo – 2014 Allianz GAA National League, Division 1

Tyrone recorded their first win of the National League on Sunday after they dug out an impressive 2 goal win over last year’s All Ireland finalists Mayo in Omagh.

Mayo started the strongest and were unlucky not to have scored a goal or two after they penetrated the Tyrone defence, only to put the ball over the bar. Mattie Donnelly, Ronan O’Neill and Darren McCurry soon made their presence felt for Tyrone however and scored some fantastic points, particularly from Donnelly to give them a 0-06 to 0-02 lead midway through the half. Peter Harte then made one of his trade mark goal bound moves which then found McCurry and he put the ball into the back of the net.

At the start of the second half, Mayo started all guns blazing as Lee Keegan and Adam Gallagher all scored points to decrease the lead. Mc Curry and sub Connor McAliskey kept the points coming for Tyrone but by the 50th minute, Mayo had reduced the sizeable Tyrone lead down to 2 points. In came Sean Cavanagh to steady the ship and as Tyrone held onto their lead, a fine move from Ciaran McGinley found McCurry who finished the ball to the back of the net again bringing his tally to 2-05 for the day and end the game as a contest.

Full time score; Tyrone 2-15 Mayo 0-15.

A fine win for Tyrone,,,,, next up is Cavan in that postponed Dr Mc Kenna Cup final (weather permitting!).

The Tyrone team arrive onto Healy Park, Omagh.

The Tyrone team arrive onto Healy Park, Omagh.

 

Team captains Mattie Donnelly and Andy Moran with Armagh referee Paudie Hughes.

Team captains Mattie Donnelly and Andy Moran with Armagh referee Paudie Hughes.

 

Sunday's starting fifteen players.

Sunday’s starting fifteen players.

 

The Mayo team line out for the national anthem.

The Mayo team line out for the national anthem.

 

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