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

Tyrone blew past newly promoted Division 1 team Westmeath on Sunday in Omagh with a big 14 point win, seven days after their disappointing defeat to Kerry in Killarney. A number of changes were made for this game then and all seemed to work fine despite a nervy opening 10 minutes from the home side.

With only a one point lead at HT however, Tyrone’s confidence grew in the second half with an early Sean Cavanagh goal followed by a second well placed shot into the bottom corner by Ronan O’Neill. Some great attacking performances from Ciaran McGinley, Mattie Donnelly, in his first half back position this year, Connor Mc Aliskey and Kyle Coney with Niall Morgan hitting some delightful points yet again.

Full time score; Tyrone 2-23 Westmeath 1-12.

Tyrone’s next two games, against Cork and Dublin, will be pivotal if they are to secure a place in the league semi-finals.

The Westmeath team line out in Healy Park, Omagh.

The Westmeath team line out in Healy Park, Omagh.

 

Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh, referee Barry Cassidy and Westmeath captain Paul Sharry.

Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh, referee Barry Cassidy and Westmeath captain Paul Sharry.

 

Callum Mc Cormack gets his hand into the face of Conor Clarke.

Callum Mc Cormack gets his hand into the face of Conor Clarke.

 

Shay Mc Guigan on the attack for Tyrone.

Shay Mc Guigan on the attack for Tyrone.

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

Sunday’s NFL Division 1 game between Tyrone and Kildare will be talked about for many years following a Tyrone comeback of Rocky Balboa proportions in Kildare’s homeground of St Conleth’s Park.

On the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of Cormac McAnallen, Tyrone arrived with 3 points from a possible 4 and they were hoping to come away with another two to secure their position in Division 1 for next year. But this script didn’t go to plan as within the first nine minutes of the match, Kildare raced into a 0-07 to no score lead. Tyrone’s full forward line were mere extras in the whole game. Things didn’t get any better when Peter Harte was shown the black card too in the 20th minute. However, upcoming Eglish player Emmett McKenna struck a fine goal to reduce the lead and a series of Kildare mistakes in the closing 10 minutes of the half meant that Ronan O’Neill, Darren McCurry and Niall Morgan all popped the ball over the bar to make it 0-13 to 1-09 at HT.

Tomas O’Connor fisted an early second goal for Kildare to make the gap 4 points again which meant Tyrone were facing another up-hill battle. Sean Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly and sub Mark Donnelly reduced the deficit down to 1 again with 15 minutes to go. But Kildare never let Tyrone level the scoreboard and with Paddy Brophy and Eoghan O’Flaherty adding further points, the game was virtually over with 5 in it and 5 minutes to go. But a bad sideline Kildare ball allowed Tyrone to break free which ended in Ronan O’Neill scoring a goal and with 1 added minute announced over the loudspeaker, Mattie Donnelly broke forward again and the ball found Mark Donnelly who somehow got the ball into the net. The collective groan from the Kildare crowd was something else…..just like the cheers and laughs from the Tyrone supporters!

And that’s how the game ended….. a fantastic 5 point turnaround in the final 3 minutes of the game. A great away result for Tyrone which was well worth the journey to Kildare.

Full time score; Kildare 1-21 Tyrone 3-16.

Below are my photos…..very happy with this set of pics from the day.

Sean Cavanagh leads the players out of the changing rooms in Newbridge.

Sean Cavanagh leads the players out of the changing rooms in Newbridge.

 

Mickey Harte and Tony Donnelly receive a round of applause as they walk onto the field.

Mickey Harte and Tony Donnelly receive a round of applause as they walk onto the field.

 

The Tyrone team line out in Newbridge.

The Tyrone team line out in Newbridge.

 

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan.

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan.

 

The Tyrone players and Mickey Harte stand for the national anthem.

The Tyrone players and Mickey Harte stand for the national anthem.

 

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