Monthly Archives: April 2014

Augher St Macartans Vs Eskra – 2014 Tyrone ACL Division 1

Eskra Emmetts celebrated their very first win in the Tyrone ACL Division 1 with a narrow one point win over Augher in Fr Hackett Park this afternoon.

Augher started well with a goal in the opening 30 seconds from Aidan Cassidy and the home side took a comfortable 4 point lead in with them at HT on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-06. Eskra however came out with their heads held high and went on a 10 minute scoring spree with scores coming from Peter Hughes, Cormac Arkinson and a Niall Marlow goal to give them the lead. Darragh Kavanagh and Aidan Mc Elroy kept Augher within contention and they levelled on a couple of occasions but the Eskra defence held out in the last few minutes and they picked up their first two league points of the year.

Full time score; Augher 1-11 Eskra 1-12.

Action from Fr Hackett Park between Augher and Eskra.

Action from Fr Hackett Park between Augher and Eskra.

 

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Cormac McAnallen Leadership Lecture by Jim Gavin

On Tuesday evening, I was delighted to help out the Campa Chormaic team by photographing the Launch of ┬áCampa Chormaic and also the Cormac McAnallen leadership lecture, delivered by Dublin GAA senior manager Jim Gavin in St Patrick’s College, Armagh.

As always, the evening was superbly arranged and executed by the Campa Chormaic committee and managing to get Jim Gavin as the special guest was a major pull. I didn’t know what to expect from his talk but I think everyone that attended the evening were blown away by the content and delivery of his inspiring 45 minute talk on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and how it relates to sport and life in general. It’s no coincidence that his Dublin team are currently the best team in the country, especially after last Sunday’s Division 1 semi-final turnaround against Cork.

I didn’t know much about Jim Gavin before the evening but I learnt he was an Irish Air Corps pilot for over 20 years and now he spends his days with the Irish Aviation Authority training new pilots. But above all that, Jim Gavin is a gentleman and a leader of people…. he shook hands with everyone that night with a humble, “Hello, my name is Jim” even though it was obvious everyone knew who he was. It was a privilege to meet and photograph him.

Brendan and Bridget McAnallen greet Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Eglish's Mattie McGleenan.

Brendan and Bridget McAnallen greet Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Eglish’s Mattie McGleenan.

 

It was glorious evening in Armagh on Tuesday and the cathedral looked as magnificent as ever.

It was glorious evening in Armagh on Tuesday and the cathedral looked as magnificent as ever.

 

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Jim Gavin with the Tyrone Campa Chormaic 10 year anniversary jersey. Also pictured is Paraic Martin and Mattie McGleenan.

Jim Gavin with the Tyrone Campa Chormaic 10 year anniversary jersey. Also pictured is Paraic Martin and Mattie McGleenan.

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

Tyrone and Dublin came up against each other on Sunday in the final Division 1 league group game of the year, the winner of the tie proceeding to a semi-final spot next weekend. A bumper crowd of approx 10,000 people turned up for the as always entertaining showdown between two of the biggest teams in Ireland at the minute.

But the jubilant atmosphere that had built up before the game disappeared quickly when Dublin hit the back of the net twice in the opening 70 seconds, the worst start that any team could experience. From that point Tyrone were chasing the game. Playing with a strong breeze in the first half didn’t help Tyrone either as the swirling wind made shooting very difficult for Tyrone’s attackers but some chances were still scorable none the least. As Tyrone got a couple of scores on the board, Michael Darragh Macauley ran and ran through the centre unopposed and slotted in a third Dublin goal to give them a 9 point advantage mid-way through the half.

After the break, Tyrone played a lot better football and for the 35 minutes they were the better side. Huge performances from Niall Morgan, Mattie Donnelly, Peter Harte and Martin Penrose saw them claw back the deficit point by point. Shay McGuigan was then brought down inside the square to give Tyrone a penalty which Harte netted superbly to cut the lead to 3. The Healy Park crowd really got behind the team from this point and Mattie Donnelly thought he had snatched a draw in the 71st minute with a long range point. But seconds later Diarmuid Connolly hit another fine score to give the points and the league semi final spot to the Dubs.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-15 Dublin 3-10.

Next time we will see Tyrone will be in the Ulster Championship opener in 5 weeks time when they take on Down. Let’s hope they can build on this second half performance and make it a successful summer of football.

The Tyrone team that lined out on Sunday in Omagh.

The Tyrone team that lined out on Sunday in Omagh.

 

Diarmuid Connolly leads the current All-Ireland champions out to the field.

Diarmuid Connolly leads the current All-Ireland champions out to the field.

 

It was a sunny day in Healy Park, Omagh although windy - I got this photo as the Tyrone team warmed up. Taken directly facing the sun, it can give a great silhouette effect.

It was a sunny day in Healy Park, Omagh although windy – I got this photo as the Tyrone team warmed up. Taken directly facing the sun, it can give a great silhouette effect.

 

Referee Marty Duffy was the centre of attention on Sunday again!

Referee Marty Duffy was the centre of attention on Sunday again!

 

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