Armagh Vs Tyrone – 2012 Ulster GAA Senior Championship

Tyrone took to the field again for the first time since their disappointing defeat in the Division 2 final on the 29th April to Kildare. Since that game, Tyrone were struck with a further blow with the loss of Sean Cavanagh for the rest of 2012 and everyone was eager to see how the Red Hands would cope against a relatively new Armagh side in their home grounds in the first round of the Ulster Championship.

It was a fine day in the Athletic Grounds for photographs and football and a near capacity crowd ensured that there was plenty of atmosphere. The mixture of red, orange and white throughout the crowd and the players jerseys also created plenty of saturated colours in my photos.

Tyrone had a strong first half with scores coming from the boot of Martin Penrose, Colm Cavanagh, Stephen O’Neill and Joe Mc Mahon but Armagh kept within touching distance thanks to an early goal from Niall Forker and points from Jamie Clarke and Kevin Dyas. Half time score; Armagh 1-5 Tyrone 0-11.

The second half saw more of the same from Tyrone and seemed to be cruising for a win but the Armagh supporters soon raised their team and further points from Jamie Clarke and Gavan Mc Parland soon reduced the game to a nerve wrecking 2 points. Kevin Dyas was then sent off for a second yellow card but this raised the Armagh crowd even more as they soon levelled the game with a Brian Mallon free and with 5 minutes remaining. An upset now looked likely. However up stood Peter Harte, Stephen O’Neill and Martin Penrose who struck 3 glorious scores to secure the game for Tyrone. Full Time score; Armagh 1-13 Tyrone 0-19.

The bookies and journalists predicted a close game and this is what they got, it was a great open and high scoring game of football throughout the 70 minutes and one which thankfully went Tyrone’s way. The Red Hands now take on either Derry or Donegal on the 30th June…. Tir Eoghain Abu!

Tyrone: P McConnell, A McCrory, Justin McMahon, D Carlin, C McCarron, C Gormley, Sean O’Neill, Joe McMahon, C Cavanagh, R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, P Harte, M Penrose, Stephen O’Neill [cpt], O Mulligan

Stephen O’Neill leads the players in the parade. 


The Tyrone starting fifteen stand for the national anthem. 


Colm Cavanagh is hauled down in the opening minutes. 




Mark Donnelly tackle Aaron Kernan.  


Kieran Mc Keever clearly refuses to let go of Stephen O’Neill.


An excellent point for Tyrone from Colm Cavanagh. 



Joe McMahon makes his way around Armagh’s Aaron Kernan. 


Owen Mulligan is pulled around the face by Armagh’s Malachy Mackin. 


Joe Mc Mahon and Kieran Toner contend for the ball in the air. 



Peter Harte keeps control of the ball despite the best efforts of Armagh’s Finnian Moriarty and Brendan Donaghy. 


Stephen O’Neill took advantage of an accidental collision between Armagh’s Malachy Mackin and Kieran Mc Keever.


Brendan Donaghy clears in the Armagh back line. 


Martin Penrose was in top form on Sunday again and proved he is one of Tyrone’s most important players. 


Conor Gormley keeps his hands off Armagh’s Jamie Clarke as he falls to the ground. 



Armagh’s John Kingham shoots from a tight angle. 


Full back Joe Mc Mahon clears the ball in the second half. 


Kevin Dyas gets his marching orders in the second half. 


Joe Mc Mahon defends his actions to referee Joe Mc Quillan. 


Mickey Harte and Paddy O’Rourke shake hands at the final whistle. 


Aidan Mc Crory helps Peter Harte and Niall Mc Kenna cool down.


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