Monthly Archives: October 2014

Killyclogher Vs Dromore – 2014 Tyrone GAA ACL Division 1 Final

Killyclogher became the new Tyrone ACL Division 1 champions on Sunday afternoon after a fine four point win over Dromore in Carrickmore.

Mark Bradley’s first half goal was key to their success and allowed them to go in one point ahead at HT but despite a valiant effort from Dromore, points from Leo Meenan, James Carlin and Conal McCann were enough to see them through and win the game to end the 2014 footballing season on a high for them.

Full time score; Killyclogher 1-09 Dromore 0-08.

Below are my photos from the game.

 

Dromore line out for the league final.

Dromore line out for the league final.

 

Team captains Sean O'Neill and Leo Meenan with referee Eugene Mc Connell.

Team captains Sean O’Neill and Leo Meenan with referee Eugene Mc Connell.

 

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Leo Meenan lets an early ball slip through his grasp.

Leo Meenan lets an early ball slip through his grasp.

 

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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon MacRory Cup Exhibition Game

On Saturday afternoon, St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon opened their new GAA grounds Pairc Mhic an tSagairt (named after the late Mon. McEntaggart) with a wonderful exhibition of football remembering the successful MacRory Cup teams of 1991/1997 and 2004.

For me this was a terrific trip down memory lane as I attended St Pat’s (Boys’) Academy from 1996 to 2003 and have a lot of fond memories from those years. At the end of my first year in 1997, the school won the MacRory Cup and I can still remember the celebrations with Monsignor Faul in the assembly hall and what an event this was. Seven years later the cup returned and although I had already left the school, I knew most of the boys involved in the team and it was fantastic to see them back in the red Academy jersey on Saturday for the exhibition match.

Although there have been a lot of changes in the school structure and staff since I have left, it was great to see some of the teachers that taught me and some old school pals too throughout the day. Together with some nostaglic tales from Paddy Parke, Adrian Logan, Fintan Donnelly and Fr McAleer, it really was a wonderful afternoon.

The opening of Pairc Mhic an tSagairt is the beginning of a new chapter for St Patrick’s Academy as they have now been approved for a new school build – hopefully these new exciting developments will mean that the next MacRory Cup success isn’t far away.

Below are a range of photos from the day, all of which was led and coordinated impeccably by past pupil and 2004 MacRory Cup winner Owen Coyle. Maith thú!

The new Paric Mhic an tSagarirt GAA Grounds.

The new Paric Mhic an tSagarirt GAA Grounds.

 

The 1991/1997 MacRory Cup winning team.

The 1991/1997 MacRory Cup winning team.

 

The 2004 MacRory Cup winning team from St Patrick's Academy.

The 2004 MacRory Cup winning team from St Patrick’s Academy.

 

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Rock Vs Derrytresk – 2014 Tyrone GAA Junior Football Championship Final (Replay)

Following 120 minutes of football between two games, Rock overcame a valiant challenge from Derrytresk to become the Tyrone Junior champions and seal the double in Fr Campbell Park, Coalisland on Sunday evening in what was another great game of football.

Played in a very sporting yet physical manner, both teams gave it their all and there was very little between the sides the whole way throughout the game. Rock started strongly, similarly to last Sunday, with scores from Martin and Conor McCreesh to put them 0-05 to 0-02 ahead. However, Derrytresk soon found their form and on either side of HT they added scores from the boot of Mickey Rea, Caolan Corr, Cathal O’Neill and Joe McKee to give them a 0-08 to 0-05 lead. The boys from ‘The Hill’ looked comfortable at this stage. But a brave fisted goal from Rock’s Michael McElduff levelled the game for the Rock and Derrytresk soon found themselves down to 14 men after Ronan O’Neill was sent off for an off the ball incident. The tide had now turned in favour of Rock. Derrytresk had chances to snatch a late win but as the game looked to be heading into a period of extra time, a stray ball in the fifth minute of injury time found Rock’s Conor McCreesh who made no mistake and slammed it into the net for the final score of the game and a 4 point win for An Carraig.

 Full time score; Rock 2-08 Derrytresk 0-10

 

The Derrytresk team line out in Fr Campbell Park.

The Derrytresk team line out in Fr Campbell Park.

 

The Rock team line out in Coalisland.

The Rock team line out in Coalisland.

 

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Dungannon Clarkes Vs Trillick – 2014 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Football Championship Final

Dungannon Clarkes pulled off a fantastic 9 point win over favourites Trillick on Sunday to become the Tyrone IFC champions and return back to senior football in 2015.

The Clarkes had the best possible start to the game when Patrick Quinn scored an early goal and from this point on they remained in charge of the game. Matthew Walsh added a second Dungannon goal soon after and despite some great points from Trillick’s Lee Brennan and Dara Gallagher, it was the Clarkes who went in at HT 2-04 to 0-09 ahead.

In the second half, the Clarkes had the advantage of a strong breeze which just added to the strength of James Slater’s side. Matthew Walsh added another goal and Trillick also found themselves a man down when Richard Donnelly was sent off for an off the ball incident. Padraig McNulty excelled in midfield for Dungannon and Trillick found it nearly impossible to get the ball out of their own half. Daniel Grimley added an unbelieveable fourth goal followed by further points by McNulty and captain Kiefer Morgan to make it a day never to forget for the Tyrone second’s capital.

Full time score: Dungannon Clarkes 4-11 Trillick 0-14.

Here are my best photos from the game.

The Trillick team in Healy Park.

The Trillick team in Healy Park.

 

Eamonn McHugh throws the coin up between the captains Damian Kelly and Kiefer Morgan.

Eamonn McHugh throws the coin up between the captains Damian Kelly and Kiefer Morgan.

 

Damian Kelly leads Trillick around Healy Park.

Damian Kelly leads Trillick around Healy Park.

 

The Trillick starting fifteen players.

The Trillick starting fifteen players.

 

The Dungannon Clarkes starting fifteen.

The Dungannon Clarkes starting fifteen.

 

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Rock Vs Derrytresk – 2014 Tyrone GAA Junior Football Championship Final

Derrytresk and Rock served up a great game of football in the Tyrone JFC final on Sunday in Healy Park in a game that finished all square.

Rock started the brightest and playing with the strong breeze, they lead by 4 points to no score until the 25th minute when Derrytresk scored their first point with a free from Joe McKee. Aidan McGarrity and Enda McWilliams added further scores for Rock before Derrytresk added two more before half time to make it 0-06 to 0-03.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first but with Derrytresk playing with the breeze this time it was the men from the Hill who were notching scores on the board, a total of five in a row to take a 0-08 to 0-07 lead. Rock did find an equalising score and although both sides had the chance to win it in the closing 5 minutes, a draw was probably the fairest result in what was a very entertaining game of football. We’ll have to wait until next weekend to see who the junior champions of Tyrone will be.

Full time score; Rock 0-09 Derrytresk 0-09.

Rock line out in Healy Park.

Rock line out in Healy Park.

 

Team captains Aidan Gervin and Joe McKee with referee Shane Meehan.

Team captains Aidan Gervin and Joe McKee with referee Shane Meehan.

 

Diarmuid Carroll in an early attack for Rock.

Diarmuid Carroll in an early attack for Rock.

 

Aidan McGarrity scores an early point.

Aidan McGarrity scores an early point.

 

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