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Killyclogher Vs Dromore – 2015 Tyrone GAA SFC, Semi Final

In the second game of the double header last Friday night, Killyclogher toppled favourites Dromore in the semi final of the Tyrone SFC…. it was a great game of football with Dromore nearly overturning Killyclogher’s five point and 2 man advantage at HT to nealry level the game at the stroke of full time but it wasn’t to be.

Full time score; Killyclogher 0-13 Dromore 0-12

 

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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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Omagh St Endas Vs Dromore – 2014 Tyrone GAA SFC, Semi Final

Omagh St Endas staged a late late show in Carrickmore on Saturday evening when a last gasp goal from Jason McAnulla was enough to overturn a 2 point deficit into a one point win and a place in this year’s Tyrone SFC final against Carrickmore or Ardboe.

Played in changeable weather conditions, the first half was rather uneventful with both teams playing a more defensive style of football with neither team taking any gambles in going forward – to be honest it was pretty mundane to watch and the live feed from the classic Kerry Vs Mayo replay on my phone provided more entertainment!

The second half was better and Omagh, who created the better chances, should have been further ahead in the final 10 minutes. Tyrone’s Ronan O’Neill levelled the game with minutes on the clock but was sent off seconds later for an off the ball incident. Dromore then went down the field and scored two massive points and as the crowd started to leave, one final late Omagh ball into the Dromore square and found McAnulla’s fist who finished superbly past Peter Ward.

Well done to them on making their first final since 2005, a lot of players in that team who deserve a county medal.

Full time score; Omagh St Endas 1-07 Dromore 0-09.

The Dromore St Dympna's senior team.

The Dromore St Dympna’s senior team.

 

The Omagh St Enda's senior team.

The Omagh St Enda’s senior team.

 

Captain's Hugh Gallagher and Sean O'Neill with referee Eamon McHugh.

Captain’s Hugh Gallagher and Sean O’Neill with referee Eamon McHugh.

 

Some great work by Conan Grugan in midfield.

Some great work by Conan Grugan in midfield.

 

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Dromore Vs Clonoe – 2014 Tyrone GAA SFC, Quarter Final

Dromore produced the shock of the weekend when they defeated last year’s Tyrone SFC champions Clonoe at the quarter final stage in Carrickmore on Sunday night.

Clonoe surged into a very early lead in the opening 15 minutes going up 0-07 to no score ahead and it looked like they were going to sail through the game. However, many will agree that the east Tyrone side let their guard down and they allowed Dromore to creep back into the game approaching HT. Scores from Eoin McCusker and Ruairi Sludden cut the 7 point lead into 5 points at the end of the half.

The 2011 champions continued to claw their way into the game in a second half which only saw Clonoe score 3 points in 30 minutes. Ricey McMenamin scored a fantastic equalising point on the 60th minute and as the Clonoe players pushed forward for a winning score, the ball broke kindly for Dromore and they found Colm McCullagh who had time to fist the ball over the Clonoe bar for an injury time one point victory.

Full time score; Dromore 0-14 Clonoe 0-13.

The Dromore team line out in Carrickmore.

The Dromore team line out in Carrickmore.

 

Clonoe Rahillys couldn't repeat their success from last year.

Clonoe Rahillys couldn’t repeat their success from last year.

 

PJ Lavery hits the ball forward for Clonoe.

PJ Lavery hits the ball forward for Clonoe.

 

Stevie McNulty shields the ball from Eoin McCusker.

Stevie McNulty shields the ball from Eoin McCusker.

 

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Errigal Ciaran Vs Dromore – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, First Round Replay

Errigal Ciaran and Dromore served another fantastic game of football on Saturday afternoon in their Tyrone SFC first round replay in front of another great crowd in Carrickmore.

Ronan Mc Guckin’s defied the sceptics and put in another brilliant performance with Shane Hackett, Ronan McRory, Eoin Quinn, Paul Quinn and Sean McKenna all putting in fine performances to name a few but this really was a team effort again. The first half was a very similar affair to last weekend except this time round the sides were both level at 0-05 each at HT.

Dromore got a massive boost in confidence when Ryan O’Neill scored a goal in the opening seconds of the second half to give them the lead but minutes later Mark Kavanagh scrambled the ball into the net past Peter Ward to tie the game again. Damien McDermott came off the bench to score a couple more points and Ronan McRory sealed the game for Errigal as Dromore were reduced to 14 men following the sending off of Eoin McCusker.

It’s no let up for Errigal Ciaran though as they are back in action on Wednesday night taking on Augher in the quarter finals.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 1-13 Dromore 1-09.

Dromore captain Ryan McMenamin, referee Cathal O'Hagan and Errigal Ciaran captain Peter Harte.

Dromore captain Ryan McMenamin, referee Cathal O’Hagan and Errigal Ciaran captain Peter Harte.

 

A farmer carries on with his work as the match takes place in Carrickmore.

A farmer carries on with his work as the match takes place in Carrickmore.

 

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Paul Quinn collects the ball in the air for Errigal Ciaran.

Paul Quinn collects the ball in the air for Errigal Ciaran.

 

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Errigal Ciaran Vs Dromore – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, First Round

Errigal Ciaran and Dromore met again on Sunday night’s first round game in a repeat of last year’s Tyrone SFC championship final. A huge crowd turned out in Carrickmore for the clash of the titans and those who braved the dark, wet and windy conditions were rewarded with a great battle.

Right from the very start both teams gave it their all, and although a weaker side on paper following the retirement earlier this year of Enda Mc Ginley, it was Errigal Ciaran who took an early 2 point lead in the game. Dromore then got onto the score board but although the scores were at a premium, there was plenty of action on the field to keep the crowd entertained and on their toes. At HT it was Errigal who took a 0-04 to 0-03 lead in with them.

Conditions worsened very quickly across Carrickmore in the second half and with no floodlights available, it made it very difficult to see the play on the field. In order to get any sort of decent photos on my camera I had to increase the ISO to 4000 to achieve a shutter speed of 1/320 (a setting I have never had to go up to in over 4 years of shooting GAA – it was that bad!) The poor light didn’t keep Dromore’s Eoin Mc Cusker finding where the posts where though and with a few minutes remaining, it was Dromore who took a 0-06 to 0-07 lead. As things on the field got even hotter, a well cool and composed Errigal move resulted in experienced midfielder Cormac Mc Ginley firing over the equaliser and that’s how it ended….. until the replay this Saturday anyway! A great game of football….. one of the best in this year’s Tyrone club championship.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 0-07 Dromore 0-07.

The Dromore St Dympnas senior team.

The Dromore St Dympnas senior team.

 

The Errigal Ciaran senior team.

The Errigal Ciaran senior team.

 

Both teams get stuck in seconds after the throw in.

Both teams get stuck in seconds after the throw in.

 

Peter Harte strikes for a point for Errigal.

Peter Harte strikes for a point for Errigal.

 

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Errigal Ciaran Vs Dromore – 2012 Tyrone GAA Senior Championship Final

My neighbours of Errigal Ciaran were crowned senior champions of Tyrone on Sunday following a massive 0-13 to 0-08 victory over last year’s winners Dromore St Dympnas in Healy Park, Omagh.

Errigal Ciaran went into the final as underdogs but that didn’t matter to them as they out-played Dromore for most periods of the game and showed the whole of Tyrone what a committed and talented panel of players they are, spearheaded by manager Ronan Mc Guckin. There is no doubt as well that the Errigal Ciaran players were spurred on throughout the whole game by the massive Errigal crowd….. a very noisy but sporting set of supporters indeed.

In a low scoring first 20 minutes, both sides were level with 0-02 each but a late scoring burst from Errigal’s Caolan Tierey, Thomas Canavan and Michael McRory ensured they went in at HT 0-05 to 0-03 up.

Dromore came back in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, scoring 4 unanswered points and leaving them 0-07 to 0-05 up now. Was the game pulling away from Errigal? The answer of course was no! Thomas Canavan stepped up again to reduce the deficit to one and then Peter Harte stormed through to score another, by this stage the momentum was with Errigal Ciaran. A couple of errors in the Dromore defence allowed Damien Mc Dermott and Ronan Mc Rory to give them a 2 point lead followed by another two points from Daisy and Cormac Mc Ginley.

The final few minutes consisted of some unnecessary dirty tackles and off the ball incidents from a few Dromore players, one resulting in a straight red card to Cathal Mc Carron but Errigal Ciaran kept their heads held high and refuse to retaliate and seconds later the final whistle sounded and Errigal Ciaran were crowned Tyrone SFC champions of 2012.

It was a fantastic game played in perfect conditions and Errigal Ciaran very much deserve winning the O’Neill Cup…..they are a prime example  to any young child out there on how to win a game and a senior county title.

It was a very busy day for me, a lot of photographs were taken! But it’s the same again for me next Sunday as my club of Aghaloo take on Brackaville in the Tyrone JFC final followed by the Tyrone IFC final between Cookstown and Eskra. Let’s hope Aghaloo can do it too, a lot of the players were there on Sunday and I’m sure watching this game and seeing our neighbours do the business has only made their appetite all the wetter!

Below are a mixture of action and celebration photos from the day….. I hope you enjoy them!

Errigal Ciaran are the 2012 Tyrone senior county champions.

Dromore line out in Healy Park for the Tyrone SFC final.

 

Referee Cathal O’Hagan tosses the coin between captains Ryan Mc Menamin and Enda Mc Ginley.

 

The hand shake before the game.

 

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Dromore Vs Killyclogher – 2012 Tyrone GAA Senior Championship, Semi Final (Replay)

Dromore and Errigal Ciaran will contend the 2012 Tyrone Senior championship final on Sunday 7th October after the St Dympna’s side defeated Killyclogher in the replay of last week’s drawn semi-final tie.

In front of a smaller crowd that last Friday night, but still in the range of 1500-2000 people, Dromore started the game with all guns blazing and after 30 seconds, Niall Sludden opened the scoring with a point. Further points followed from Paddy Montague and Emmett O’Neill and then Ronan Mc Nabb struck the ball into the bottom corner of the Killyclogher net to leave them 1-03 to 0-01 up after 18 minutes….. they already scored more in this opening spell than the entire 60 minutes of last Friday night’s game. The wet, heavy conditions in Healy Park did affect the flow of the game at times and the pace soon slowed down after this and at HT the scoreboard read; Dromore 1-04 Killyclogher 0-02.

The St Mary’s side started brightly in the second half and got a couple of points but after an unlucky rebound off the Killyclogher’s posts midway through the half, Paddy Montague was able to tap the ball into the net for a second Dromore goal which killed the game off. Killyclogher dropped a few balls in around the square at the end but Dromore’s dominant defence combined with confident goalkeeping from Peter Ward ensured they didn’t concede any goals.

Full time score; Dromore 2-06 Killyclogher 0-06

The Tyrone Senior Championship final this year is sure to be an interesting one…. very few people would have predicted that Errigal Ciaran would have made their first Tyrone county final since 2006 this year but they certainly deserve it as they have probably had one of the toughest paths to the final overcoming Moortown, Omagh and then Carrickmore. This team might not contain many faces from the last 2006 championship winning side but Ronan Mc Guckin will certainly have his homework done and this young Errigal Ciaran side are definitely huge underdogs and cannot be ruled out of pipping Dromore.

Dromore on the other hand are hoping to win their fourth senior championship final in as many years following their success in 2007, 2009 and 2011. They are probably the strongest team in Tyrone at the minute and they are a championship side but weren’t really tested this year until last Friday night’s semi-final tie when Killyclogher frustrated them and they could only score 5 points in 60 minutes. Aside from this game, they strolled past Eglish and Ardboe in earlier rounds of the championship before dispensing of Killyclogher in the semi-final replay.

I think Dromore will edge Errigal this year but I’m definitely not an analyst or commentator, it’s just my opinion….. I’ll leave that debate to the pros and I’ll concentrate on taking good photos!

Dromore St Dympnas played in their reserve jersey on Friday night.

 

Killyclogher St Mary’s stand united during the national anthem.

 

Sean O’Neill is pursued by Killyclogher’s Martin Swift who arrived home from Australia during the week.

 

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Killyclogher Vs Dromore – 2012 Tyrone GAA Senior Championship, Semi Final

Friday night’s second game saw the pairing of Dromore and Killyclogher in the 2012 Tyrone Senior Championship semi-final. Not many people, including myself, gave Killyclogher much of a chance against current O’Neill cup holders Dromore and many thought that they would have a comfortable cruise into the final.

However, the defensive style in which Killyclogher played the game frustrated them and they found it very difficult to work around this style, much to Killyclogher’s advantage. Killyclogher meanwhile created fewer chances but did score any that came from their way. HT score; Killyclogher 0-03 Dromore 0-03.

The second half continued in a similar vain to the first. There were very few scores but some very hard tackles that resulted in quite a few yellow cards to players of both sides. Dromore looked to have it won 5 minutes from the end but Simon O’Neill equalised for Killyclogher. As the game neared the end, the excitement and tension in Healy Park built. Referee Jerome Mc Elroy awarded two late free kicks to Dromore but they missed both chances resulting in a final whistle stalemate.

Killyclogher will be pleased with how they contained some of Dromore’s key players and how they kept the scores down on the board but need to work on scoring more themselves for the replay if they wish to progress to a county senior final on 7th October.

Full time score; Killyclogher 0-05 Dromore 0-05.

Killyclogher’s Carl Donnelly and Dromore’s Ryan Mc Menamin shake hands before the throw in with referee Jerome Mc Elroy.

 

Dromore’s Conor O’Hara drives out from the Killyclogher tackles.

 

Sean O’Neill releases the ball in time for Dromore.

 

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Dromore Vs Ardboe – 2012 Tyrone GAA Senior Championship, Quarter Final

Dromore and Ardboe met in the Tyrone senior football championship quarter finals on Sunday afternoon in O’Neill Park, Dungannon…. I’ve lost count over the past 4 years how many times these two teams have met in the championship but know that Dromore has come out on top on all occasions  (as far as I remember!)

This Sunday was no different and unlike previous years, there was a substantial difference between the teams at the final whistle which was to be somewhat expected. Dromore led from the start of the game and went in with a 8 point lead at HT thanks to scores from Dromore’s Eoin Mc Cusker, Niall Sludden and Cathal Mc Carron.

The second half was something similar to the first except Ardboe were reduced to 14 men after the dismissal if Martin Mc Keown in the 40th minute. Ardboe did get scores from John Mc Conville and Mickey Hagan but again Dromore ace forward Eoin Mc Cusker and Niall Sludden added to the Dromore tally to ensure a 9 point win which safely saw them make the Tyrone SFC semi-finals along with Killyclogher.

Full time score; Dromore 1-15 Ardboe 0-09.

Dromore St Dympnas senior team

 

Michael Cassidy loses grip of the ball for Ardboe.

 

John Mc Conville strikes a point for Ardboe.

 

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