Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tyrone Vs Louth – 2014 GAA All-Ireland Senior Qualifiers, Round IB

Tyrone made a strong start to the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday afternoon when they defeated Louth by 17 points in front of 2000 people.

Tyrone got off to a bright start in the opening 15 minutes with scores coming from Darren McCurry, Sean Cavanagh and Connor McAliskey but they then hit a dull patch in the closing 20 minutes of the half with some poor passes and decision making which allowed Louth to come back into the game and reduce the deficit to 2 points on a scoreline of 0-09 to 0-07.

However at the start of the second half, Tyrone inflicted a full out attack on the Louth team starting with a goal from Emmett McKenna in the opening 30 seconds closely followed by a second palmed goal by Stephen O’Neill. Tyrone’s McCurry, Cavanagh and Niall Morgan continued to split the posts too and by the mid-way point, the game was over as a contest. This allowed Mickey Harte to make plenty of changes on the bench including Joe McMahon who made his first Tyrone appearance in 2014, coming back after injury.

Full time score; 2-21 Louth 0-10.

Not the biggest test for Tyrone overall but certainly one that will hopefully build experience and confidence for the upcoming game between the losers of Monaghan/Armagh on 12th July.

The Tyrone team that lined out in Healy Park.

The Tyrone team that lined out in Healy Park on Saturday.

 

The wee county Louth.

The wee county Louth.

 

Captains Sean Cavanagh and Paddy Keenan with referee Marty Duffy.

Captains Sean Cavanagh and Paddy Keenan with referee Marty Duffy.

 

Tyrone line out for the national anthem.

Tyrone line out for the national anthem.

 

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Monaghan Vs Tyrone – 2014 GAA Ulster Minor Football Championship, Quarter FInal

Last Saturday evening, Tyrone minors exited the Ulster MFC after a narrow 1 point defeat by Monaghan in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

It’s fair to say Tyrone had a first half to forget – 20 minutes into the game they lost their captain Ronan Nugent to a shoulder injury and they also conceded 3 goals too to leave them 3-06 to 0-05 down at HT and an uphill climb in the second half. But Mickey Donnelly’s boys did just that and after a number of positional changes including moving Eglish’s Conor McKenna to full forward and dropping Cormac O’Hagan to midfield, Tyrone chipped away at Monaghan’s lead in a half that only saw them scoring 2 points. Monaghan defended with their lives and it left for a very tense final 5 minutes but although they had chances, Tyrone could not find that elusive equalising score or winner and they bowed out on a 1 point defeat.

It was very hard luck for Tyrone but Monaghan were probably the more hungry of the 2 teams over the 70 minutes and they will prove difficult to beat in Ulster.

Full time score; Tyrone 0-16 Monaghan 3-08

The Tyrone minor team line out in Armagh.

The Tyrone minor team line out in Armagh.

 

The Monaghan GAA minor team.

The Monaghan GAA minor team.

 

Tyrone warm up in the Athletic Grounds in the longest day of the year.

Tyrone warm up in the Athletic Grounds in the longest day of the year.

 

It was a glorious evening in Armagh for the game

It was a glorious evening in Armagh for the game

 

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Monaghan Vs Tyrone – 2014 GAA Ulster Senior Football Championship, Quarter FInal

Tyrone entered the All-Ireland qualifier road on Sunday after they failed to defeat Monaghan in the Ulster SFC quarter final in Clones.

Monaghan hadn’t defeated Tyrone in the championship in 26 years before Sunday and it was a defeat that they fully savoured and deserved. Tyrone looked nervous at times in their own half, especially with the start of Conor McManus for Monaghan before the throw in, and they were lucky not to concede at least 2 goals in the opening half – a stray pass from Morgan found Kieran Hughes who missed an open net and a missed penalty shot from Hughes again, allowed Monaghan to go in at the break with only a 0-08 to 0-07 lead. Mattie Donnelly and Darren McCurry with some of the scores in the first half for Tyrone.

Positional changes came in the second half for Tyrone but it was Monaghan who struck blood first with a goal coming in the 42nd minute from Dermot Malone to leave them five clear. Referee Eddie Kinsella dished out black cards to both sides in the closing 10 minutes and points from McAliskey, Donnelly and McCurry reduced the lead eventually to one point but that’s where it remained at the end of 2 minutes of added time much to the fury of the Tyrone management and supporters.

Full time score; Monagan 1-12 Tyrone 0-14.

Tyrone now enter the back-door road where they first meet Louth on Saturday 28th June in Omagh.

The Tyrone team line out in Clones.

The Tyrone team line out in Clones.

 

The Monaghan team arrive onto the field.

The Monaghan team arrive onto the field.

 

Sean Cavanagh and Eddie Kinsella share a joke before the game.

Sean Cavanagh and Eddie Kinsella share a joke before the game.

 

Referee Eddie Kinsella speaks to both captains.

Referee Eddie Kinsella speaks to both captains.

 

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Carrickmore Vs Eskra – 2014 Tyrone GAA SFC, Round 1

Game favourites Carrickmore progressed to the quarter finals of the Tyrone SFC when they defeated newly promoted Eskra on Sunday night in Dunmoyle.

Carrickmore were in full control throughout most of the game but Eskra should be more than proud of the fight they put up in their first ever Tyrone SFC game. Mark Donnelly scored a first half goal and Paul McAleer scored a second but Carmen will be disappointed finishing the game with only 13 players after a few ugly scenes in both halves from both sides. Plunkett Oz McCallan was back in nets for Carmen and he pulled off a couple of great saves that could have made the margin narrower but Carrickmore eventually eased to a 7 point win and a quarter final tie against Augher in the coming months.

Full time score; Carrickmore 2-12 Eskra 1-08.

The Carmen senior team.

The Carmen senior team.

 

Eskra Emmetts in their first ever Tyrone SFC game.

Eskra Emmetts in their first ever Tyrone SFC game.

 

Brian Gormley with his team before the throw in.

Brian Gormley with his team before the throw in.

 

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Edendork Vs Loughmacrory – 2014 Tyrone GAA IFC, Round 1

Edendork enjoyed their first championship win in 8 years (I am led to believe) on Sunday in Dunmoyle when they defeated a determined Loughmacrory side.

Played in pleasant conditions, it was Edendork who were the better side in getting scores from possession while Loughmacrory will rue some of the chances they missed in the opening half. The second half continued in the same vein with some classy scores coming from the boot of Niall Morgan and Darren McCurry. Loughmacrory did reduce the lead to 3 points with 10 minutes to go but the green and yellow stripes hung on for a place in the Tyrone Intermediate championship quarter finals.

Full time score: Edendork 0-19 Loughmacrory 0-13.

The Loughmacrory team line out in Dunmoyle.

The Loughmacrory team line out in Dunmoyle.

 

The Edendork senior team.

The Edendork senior team.

 

Ronan Ward in action for Loughmacrory.

Ronan Ward in action for Loughmacrory.

 

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Clonoe O’Rahillys Vs Errigal Ciaran – 2014 Tyrone GAA SFC, Round 1

Clonoe are through to the Tyrone SFC quarter finals after an epic first round tie against Errigal Ciaran on Friday night in Edendork.

In a repeat of last year’s Tyrone SFC semi-final, Clonoe started the brightest and burst into a 0-06 to 0-01 lead with points coming from the boot of Paul Coney, Dan McNulty, Connor McAliskey and Patrick Doris. Errigal were stunned and they also had to deal with the loss of one of their main attackers, Ciaran McGinley who received the dreaded black card from referee Martin Sludden 10 minutes into the game. However that TOWIE spirit came to life and for the last 15 minutes of the half, Errigal cut the lead back to a single point after points from McDermott, Peter Harte and Darren Canavan. Clonoe were dealt their own bit of bad luck when they too lost Colm Doris before HT after a high challenge but this time Sludden showed a red card.

As the light faded in Edendork, the temperature on the field just got higher and higher. The loss of Doris in midfield was huge for Clonoe and Errigal capitalised on it in terms of winning ball and possession but unfortunately not on sticking the ball between the posts. I think there were in the region of 14 wides for Errigal Ciaran throughout the game and despite taking the lead for the first time in the game with 6 minutes to go with a Tommy Canavan point, the inevitable happened and Clonoe’s Ryan T. O’Neill responded straight after with a well taken goal to give them a 2 point lead that they never let slip.

There were a few ugly scenes after the final whistle in which two more players were shown a red card but all in all this was one of the best Tyrone club championship games I’ve been to in a few years and this was only the first round! Certainly would beat most county matches for intensity and drama.

Full time score; Clonoe 1-10 Errigal Ciaran 0-10.

The Clonoe O'Rahillys senior team for 2014.

The Clonoe O’Rahillys senior team for 2014.

 

The Errigal Ciaran team line out in Edendork.

The Errigal Ciaran team line out in Edendork.

 

Stephen McNulty is tackled on the ground early in the game.

Stephen McNulty is tackled on the ground early in the game.

 

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