Armagh Vs Tyrone – 2012 Ulster Minor Football Championship

Tyrone minors got off to a great start to their Ulster Championship campaign on Sunday after they defeated Armagh in an enthralling game of football. This Tyrone team are fancied to be a major contender for the Ulster minor title following their league success earlier in the year but this meant to nothing to Armagh as a scoring blitz in the first 15 minutes of the game left them 0-07 to 0-00 up on the Red Hands, and it could have been more. Nobody in the Tyrone camp was pressing the ‘Panic’ button at this early stage yet though.

Fortune soon favoured Tyrone when a well taken goal from Sean Hackett reduced the deficit to 4 points but Armagh continued to strike points from every end of the field and dominate midfield. Mark Bradley bagged a second Tyrone goal which gave Michael Donnelly’s side something to fight for as the half time whistle sounded. Armagh 0-13 Tyrone 2-05.

As the crowd continued to fill the Athletic Grounds in the second half, the scores kept mounting up on the scoreboard. Both sides exchanged the lead several times but it was the boot of Cappagh’s Mark Bradley that proved decisive for Tyrone as he scored his second goal of the day to take his personal tally for the day to 2-07. The change of Daniel Mc Nulty to midfield in the second half, the third goal from James Mc Gahan and the tremendous saves from goalkeeper Daire Martin throughout the game was also pivotal in the final result and this all ensured that Tyrone progressed to the next stage of the Ulster minor Championship on a scoreline of; Armagh 0-19 Tyrone 4-11.

The Tyrone minor team line out in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.


Armagh captain Donal O'Neill and Tyrone captain Padraig Hampsey shake hands before the game.


Sean Hackett creates one of Tyrone's first attacks well into the first half.


Sean Hackett slams the ball into the back of the net for Tyrone.


... and celebrates, giving Tyrone a lifeline.


Daniel Mc Nulty makes a surging run at the Armagh defence.


Kieran Mc Geary changes direction during an attack.


Rory Brennan in action for the minors.


Sean Hackett manages to fist the ball over to team mate Mark Bradley....


... who puts the ball into the back of the net. The emotions from the players from both sides really tells the story making it one of my favourites from the game.


A little bit of banter between Tyrone's Sean Molloy and some of the Armagh players following a hard challenge from Molloy.


The change of Daniel Mc Nulty from full forward to midfield had a huge impact on the game.



Instructions from the sideline from manager Michael Donnelly in the dying minutes of the game.


Aghaloo's Shane Mc Gee congratulates Tyrone's top scorer Mark Bradley at the final whistle.


Tyrone minor assistant manager Kieran Mc Hugh speaks to the players in the team huddle after the game.


Relief on the faces of Conor Mallon and Ruairi Sludden after the game.



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  1. Posted 26/10/2012 at 10:11 am by Lycrecia Mc Callan | Permalink

    I think these are fantastic. you really capture the moment in these pictures. id love to buy a couple, great talent 😉

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