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Donegal Vs Tyrone – 2015 GAA Ulster Senior Football Championship, Preliminary Round

On Sunday, in Ulster’s opening round of the Senior Football Championship, Tyrone travelled to Ballybofey again to face old foes Donegal in an action packed game played with total conviction from both sides.

Tyrone made a few late changes before the throw in with U21 players Cathal McShane and Rory Brennan making their senior debuts following their success in Parnell Park 2 weeks ago. But it was Rory Gallagher’s side that made the better start, scoring 4 unanswered points in the opening 7 minutes. A well taken Darren McCurry goal though in the eighth minute though gave hope for Tyrone’s large travelling support and it was game on from there on in! Justin McMahon, Ronan McNamee, Sean Cavanagh and Mattie Donnelly all scored for Tyrone then to put them ahead 1-06 to 0-07 with HT approaching. However, loose marking in the Tyrone defence allowed Donegal’s Martin McElhinney to volley the ball into the net for Donegal’s only goal of the game.

After a bit of a handbag affair at the end of the half, the second half resumed and Tyrone continued to battle forward and cause the Donegal defence problems. Connor McAliskey scored 3 points from play to level the game 1-10 each in the 51st minute but that was to be Tyrone’s last score of the day. Michael Murphy struck a couple of huge frees for Donegal to give them a 3 point lead before Sean Cavanagh and Neil Gallagher got their marching orders. Tyrone tried to strike it lucky with a late goal but it never came and it was Rory Gallagher’s side who made it 5 championship wins for Donegal in the last 5 meetings with Mickey Harte’s side.

Full time score; Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-10

It’s back to the road for Tyrone now in a few weeks time, hopefully they can carry on the momentum and energy from this game to the first round of All-Ireland qualifiers.

Mickey Harte made a welcome reappearance back to his managerial duties.

Mickey Harte made a welcome reappearance back to his managerial duties.

 

Richard Donnelly was a late inclusion into the Tyrone senior team this year.

Richard Donnelly was a late inclusion into the Tyrone senior team this year.

 

Mickey O'Neill wore the No.1 jersey for his senior championship debut.

Mickey O’Neill wore the No.1 jersey for his senior championship debut.

 

Darren McCurry puts the ball into the Donegal net.

Darren McCurry puts the ball into the Donegal net.

 

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Donegal Vs Tyrone – 2015 GAA Ulster Minor Football Championship, Preliminary Round

The Tyrone minor team gave a valiant performance against a strong young Donegal side in Sunday’s curtain raiser in Ballybofey.

For the opening 35 minutes, Mickey Donnelly’s side were the better side and they gave the home side plenty to worry about. Despite conceding an early goal to Donegal’s Conor Doherty, Tyrone’s Fintan McClure and Conan McLernon responded with scores to level the game at HT as conditions in Ballybofey worsened. Unfortunately, that is where the Tyrone scores ended as Declan Bonner’s side held them scoreless in the second half, often defending and attacking in numbers which Tyrone couldn’t compete with.

Donegal were deserved winners on the day and they look like a side who could lift the Ulster title in 2 months time. Hard luck to the Tyrone minors, a side that will no doubt return stronger in 2016.

Full time score; Donegal 1-11 Tyrone 0-08.

The Tyrone minor team line out in Ballybofey.

The Tyrone minor team line out in Ballybofey.

 

Former Tyrone senior player Brian McGuigan.

Former Tyrone senior player Brian McGuigan.

 

Ricey McMenamin pictured before the game.

Ricey McMenamin pictured before the game.

 

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Tyrone Vs Tipperary – 2015 GAA U21 All Ireland Final

Tyrone U21’s achieved one of the most important feats of the past 7 years for the county when they lifted the Clarke Cup over a determined and hungry Tipperary side in Parnell Park, Dublin on Saturday night.

It has been widely publicised how the Tyrone U21 side has under-performed in Ulster over the last number of years and this All-Ireland success will certainly be a massive boast to the county’s morale as a whole, especially 2 weeks before the senior’s opening championship fixture against Donegal.

Played in cold and wet conditions on Saturday night, it was Tipperary who started the strongest while in the other end of the field Tyrone’s wide count was starting to accumulate. Mark Bradley and Michael Cassidy scored the first couple of points for Fergal Logan’s side and Danny McNulty added with a free before the break but it was the Munster champions who proved to be the better team in the first half going in 0-07 to 0-05 up at HT.

Two serious medical incidents in the crowd during the break caused the game to be delayed for at least 50 minutes before play could be resumed again. This extended break in play perhaps worked to Tyrone’s advantage as they regrouped and refocused and came out stronger. Ruairi McGlone’s inclusion into the forward line created a much more direct and attacking approach to Tyrone’s play allowing Lee Brennan to score the subsequent free kicks to level the game 0-08 apiece. The all important score came soon after when Mark Kavanagh’s ball found Cathal McShane who coolly converted the ball into the back of the net for the decisive goal. This time it was Tipperary who were guilty of missing some easy scoring chances but despite cutting the margin down to one point, they couldn’t find that equaliser in a nail biting 4 minutes of added time.

Despite the sending off of Michael Cassidy during added time, Fergal Logan, Brian Dooher and Peter Canavan’s side held on for the historic win. Well done to them!

Full time score; Tyrone 1-11 Tipperary 0-13.

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The 2015 U21 All-Ireland champions!

The 2015 U21 All-Ireland champions!

 

Tyrone captain Kieran McGeary lifts the Clarke Cup.

Tyrone captain Kieran McGeary lifts the Clarke Cup.

 

Tyrone U21 manager Fergal Logan.

Tyrone U21 manager Fergal Logan.

 

Lee Brennan looks for options

Lee Brennan looks for options

 

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Tyrone Vs Kerry – 2015 GAA NFL Division 1

A couple of weeks ago now (I’m a bit behind in updating my blog here), Tyrone took on Kerry in the final league game of the year in Healy Park, Omagh – it was a must win game for Mickey Harte’s team but in a rare occurrence, Mickey wasn’t at this game due to recovering from a minor medical procedure.

Tony Donnelly took over the reins with Gavin Devlin for the Easter Sunday game but unfortunately even though Tyrone threw everything bar the kitchen sink into the game, they could only pull off a draw which wasn’t enough and means they will be playing Division 2 football in 2016.

Full time score; Tyrone 0-17 Kerry 1-14.

Below are my pics from the match.

The Tyrone senior team.

The Tyrone senior team.

 

The Kerry senior team pictured in Omagh.

The Kerry senior team pictured in Omagh.

 

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Sean Cavanagh and Kieran Donaghy with referee Joe McQuillan.

Sean Cavanagh and Kieran Donaghy with referee Joe McQuillan.

 

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