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Tyrone Vs Cavan – 2015 GAA Dr McKenna Cup Final

Tyrone won the Dr McKenna Cup on Saturday night for the fourth consecutive year after a hard earned victory over Cavan in Armagh.

Things weren’t going to plan for the match favourites in the first half when the Cavan forwards constantly sliced open the Tyrone defence and picked off some wonderful points to give them a healthy 0-10 to 0-06 advantage at HT. While the Breffni men were scoring from the left and the right side, Tyrone only managed to score one of their first half points from play, the five remaining scores coming from free kicks and 45s…. a worrying and disappointing half for Mickey Harte’s men.

Changes were made in the second half however and it yielded better results. A much more hungry Tyrone side swept aside the challenge and deficit on the scoreboard as big performances from Padraig McNulty, Sean Cavanagh, Aidan McCrory and Darren McCurry and a well taken goal from Niall McKenna resulted in Tyrone taking and holding the lead in the game as Cavan failed to score in the second half at all.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-13 Cavan 0-10.

This was another positive result for Tyrone and it was good to see them win the Dr McKenna Cup again but it will mean very little next Saturday night when the derby of Tyrone vs Monaghan begins their league campaign where points on the table will be the No.1 priority and with teams like Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Donegal and Mayo to overcome, it will be a huge test of what this team is made of.

The Dr McKenna Cup takes centre stage.

The Dr McKenna Cup takes centre stage.

 

Sean Cavanagh leads the Tyrone team out.

Sean Cavanagh leads the Tyrone team out.

 

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Team captains Damien O'Reilly and Sean Cavanagh.

Team captains Damien O’Reilly and Sean Cavanagh.

 

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Armagh Vs Tyrone – 2015 GAA Dr McKenna Cup Semi Final

In less than 3 weeks, Tyrone and Armagh met for the second time in this year’s Dr McKenna Cup except the stakes were a bit higher this time with a place in the final up for grabs.

In another experimental lineup for Tyrone, the players didn’t take long to find their groove as a well worked move from Clonoe players Connor McAliskey and PJ Lavery resulted in a fifth minute goal from Lavery. A second goal came minutes later from corner forward Shay McGuigan and Tyrone gained a 6 point lead over the Orchard county. Armagh did score a goal of their own to reduce the margin but a saved Connor McAliskey shot fell in favour of Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh who blasted the ball into the net for a third Tyrone goal.

The second half was less entertaining as Tyrone cruised to their most convincing win of 2015 over a very lacklustre Armagh side. MOTM McAliskey scored three lovely points in the half before being substituted by Darren McCurry who got on the scoresheet himself.

Full time score; Armagh 1-08 Tyrone 3-10.

Tyrone now face Cavan in the final on Saturday night and they will be hoping to making it their fourth consecutive McKenna Cup title.

A general view of the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

A general view of the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

 

PJ Lavery darts in around the Armagh defence,

PJ Lavery darts in around the Armagh defence,

 

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Connor McAliskey steadies himself.

Connor McAliskey steadies himself.

 

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Tyrone Vs Antrim – 2015 GAA Dr McKenna Cup, Round 3

A few days later than planned, Tyrone’s third round Dr McKenna Cup game against Antrim took place on Sunday afternoon not in Healy Park, Omagh as planned but St Tiernach’s Park, Clones due to the inclement weather conditions in the west. Due to the relocation of the game and traffic diversions around Emyvale on Sunday morning, the numbers attending the game were badly affected and I would estimate there were no more than 600 people in attendance for the final group match.

An experimental Tyrone side lined out for the game and it took the most of the first half for them to find their form. There were little between the sides in the first half and Tyrone again made hard work of getting their scores with many shots falling short. They also had a number of goal chances from Sean Cavanagh, Connor McAliskey and Mark Donnelly but had to settle going in at the break 0-07 to 0-04 ahead with the points coming from Connor McAliskey, Cavanagh, Plunkett Kane and Darren McCurry.

A much more efficient Tyrone performance came in the second half however and some strong attacking runs from Aidan McCrory, Barry Tierney and Ronan McNabb produced greater results. A high Sean Cavanagh free was palmed onto the crossbar by Antrim goalie Chris Kerr but full forward Kyle Coney slotted the loose ball into the back of the net for the only goal of the game. From this point on, Mickey Harte’s men were in full control of the game and they added further scores from Cavanagh, McCurry and McAliskey to give them a 7 point cushion at the final whistle.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-11 Antrim 0-07

All being well, Tyrone will now take on Armagh again in Wednesday night’s Dr McKenna Cup semi final – it will be another tough challenge for the players before the first league encounter against Monaghan on the 31st January.

Mickey O'Neill steps onto the icy pitch at St Tiernach's Park, Clones.

Mickey O’Neill steps onto the icy pitch at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones.

 

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The main Gerry Arthurs stand at 2pm .... a far cry from the crowds in June or July.

The main Gerry Arthurs stand at 2pm …. a far cry from the crowds in June or July.

 

Connor McAliskey shoots for a point.

Connor McAliskey shoots for a point.

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Tyrone Vs St Mary’s U.C. Belfast – 2015 GAA Dr McKenna Cup, Round 2

Tyrone made it 2 wins from 2 in 2015 with a convincing 12 point win over St Mary’s University College, Belfast in Healy Park, Omagh on Sunday.

In a very low key and eventless game, both sides were guilty of making a lot of errors in the first half. Tyrone got off to a 3 point lead with points from McAliskey but they also hit a lot of poor wides again this weekend. St Mary’s made some pacey attacking runs but often found it difficult to break through the Tyrone half back and full back line. In a uninspiring first half it was Tyrone that went in 0-05 to 0-02 up.

St Mary’s were reduced to 14 men for the second half but Paddy Tally’s side managed to win a penalty at the start of the period – a well struck Jerome Johnston penalty though was saved by Mickey O’Neill and from the resulting counter attack, Tyrone scored a goal themselves with debutant Patrick Quinn palming to the St Mary’s net. This period of 60 seconds effectively ended the game as a contest as it gave Mickey Harte’s men a five point cushion from which they widened following points from Cathal McShane, Peter Hughes, Sean Cavanagh and Kyle Coney.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-12 St Mary’s U.C. 0-03

It wasn’t a great performance from Tyrone but it was enough to see them secure a Dr McKenna Cup semi final place ahead of Wednesday night’s final group game against Antrim.

The Tyrone team line out for their first game in Omagh in 2015.

The Tyrone team line out for their first game in Omagh in 2015.

 

The St Mary's U.C. Belfast side.

The St Mary’s U.C. Belfast side.

 

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

 

St Mary's manager Paddy Tally.

St Mary’s manager Paddy Tally.

 

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Armagh Vs Tyrone – 2015 Dr McKenna Cup, Round 1

Tyrone got their 2015 season off to a win in Sunday’s opening Dr. McKenna Cup game against Armagh. Nearly 6 months since their last game, also to Armagh, the team had a different look with Stephen O’Neill, Martin Penrose and Conor Gormley no longer with the team following their retirements, Peter Donnelly took the place of Fergal McCann as the new trainer and the Hunky Dory’s logo was replaced by new sponsors McAleer & Rushe.

Following a lengthy 30 minute delay to the game due to a lack of open turnstiles at the Athletic Grounds, the game got underway. Minutes into the match, a small melee broke out on the Armagh endline resulting in a red card to Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh and Armagh’s Ciaran McKeever. Tyrone will be disappointed with the number of wides they hit in the first half and at times they found it difficult to break through Armagh’s half forward line resulting in them going in 0-06 to 0-05 down at HT.

In the second half, Tyrone continued to fall behind Armagh until a well worked Aidan McCrory goal gave them a 1 point lead. Armagh minutes later however struck back with a goal of their own from Eugene McVerry to reinstate their lead going into the last 10 minutes. But it was the youth of Tyrone that stepped up to the mark as Cathal McShane and Darren McCurry hit the final 4 points of the day to give them a 2 point win.

Not a great performance by any means but a the great result ahead of their next game against St Mary’s U.C.

Full time score; Armagh 1-10 Tyrone 1-12

 

The new look Tyrone team line out in Armagh.

The new look Tyrone team line out in Armagh.

 

Mickey Harte watches over his players during the warmup.

Mickey Harte watches over his players during the warmup.

 

Peter Donnelly, the new Tyrone trainer.

Peter Donnelly, the new Tyrone trainer.

 

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