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Dungannon Clarkes Vs St Peters Warrenpoint – 2014 Ulster GAA Intermediate Quarter Final

Dungannon Clarkes exited the Ulster championship series on Sunday in Newry to a very strong St Peters, Warrenpoint.

Warrenpoint made their intentions clear from the start playing a very attacking game and giving the Clarkes defence little time to settle into the match. Dungannon however went into the lead after 5 minutes when Patrick Quinn palmed a high ball into the net but they failed to capitalise on the goal as Warrenpoint ruled supreme around midfield for most of the game. Ross McGarry continued to create further problems for Dungannon as he scored 6 first half points and the Clarkes were lucky enough to be going in level at 1-05 to 0-08.

The inevitable happened in the second half as Warrenpoint tussled Dungannon’s main danger men out of the game as they continued to dominate around midfield. The Clarkes did win a late penalty scored by Kiefer Morgan but it was too little, too late as St Peters progressed to the Ulster semi finals.

Full time score; St Peters 0-17 Dungannon Clarkes 2-09.

 

Dungannon Clarkes line out in Newry.

Dungannon Clarkes line out in Newry.

 

Team captains Ryan Boyle and Kiefer Morgan with the match officials.

Team captains Ryan Boyle and Kiefer Morgan with the match officials.

 

An early Warrenpoint attack.

An early Warrenpoint attack.

 

Patrick Quinn gets his hand onto the ball to score an early Dungannon goal.

Patrick Quinn gets his hand onto the ball to score an early Dungannon goal.

 

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Dungannon Clarkes Vs Trillick – 2014 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Football Championship Final

Dungannon Clarkes pulled off a fantastic 9 point win over favourites Trillick on Sunday to become the Tyrone IFC champions and return back to senior football in 2015.

The Clarkes had the best possible start to the game when Patrick Quinn scored an early goal and from this point on they remained in charge of the game. Matthew Walsh added a second Dungannon goal soon after and despite some great points from Trillick’s Lee Brennan and Dara Gallagher, it was the Clarkes who went in at HT 2-04 to 0-09 ahead.

In the second half, the Clarkes had the advantage of a strong breeze which just added to the strength of James Slater’s side. Matthew Walsh added another goal and Trillick also found themselves a man down when Richard Donnelly was sent off for an off the ball incident. Padraig McNulty excelled in midfield for Dungannon and Trillick found it nearly impossible to get the ball out of their own half. Daniel Grimley added an unbelieveable fourth goal followed by further points by McNulty and captain Kiefer Morgan to make it a day never to forget for the Tyrone second’s capital.

Full time score: Dungannon Clarkes 4-11 Trillick 0-14.

Here are my best photos from the game.

The Trillick team in Healy Park.

The Trillick team in Healy Park.

 

Eamonn McHugh throws the coin up between the captains Damian Kelly and Kiefer Morgan.

Eamonn McHugh throws the coin up between the captains Damian Kelly and Kiefer Morgan.

 

Damian Kelly leads Trillick around Healy Park.

Damian Kelly leads Trillick around Healy Park.

 

The Trillick starting fifteen players.

The Trillick starting fifteen players.

 

The Dungannon Clarkes starting fifteen.

The Dungannon Clarkes starting fifteen.

 

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Brackaville Vs Dungannon Clarkes – 2013 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Club Championship

Brackaville staged a late comeback in Pomeroy on Saturday afternoon to defeat Dungannon Clarkes and progress to the Tyrone IFC quarter finals.

Dungannon had a strong hold of the game in the first half and went in at HT 5 points ahead thanks to scores from Kiefer Morgan, Jonathan Toal and Patrick Quinn and things were looking good for them. However a steady and consistent comeback for last year’s Tyrone Junior champions who didn’t show up in the first half meant they slowly cut the margin despite a second Dungannon goal. Ciaran Gervin and Che O’Donnell narrowed the gap again but with the game deep into injury time, the Dungannon defence failed to clear the ball and Martin Gervin got onto the end of a high ball and punched it into the net to win the game.

Full time score; Brackaville 2-11 Dungannon Clarkes 2-09.

The Dungannon Clarkes senior football team.

The Dungannon Clarkes senior football team.

 

Last year's Tyrone JFC champions Brackaville.

Last year’s Tyrone JFC champions Brackaville.

 

Stefan Gervin makes progress up the field for Brackaville.

Stefan Gervin makes progress up the field for Brackaville.

 

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Dungannon Clarkes Vs Castlederg – 2012 Tyrone ACL Division 3

Last Thursday night, Dungannon Clarkes clinched the Tyrone ACL Division 3 league title by emphatically defeating Castlederg on a scoreline of 7-16 to 0-01 under the lights in their training field in Dungannon.

Needless to say the Clarkes were hot favourites to win this game and pick up the title after they defeated their nearest league rivals Brackaville a couple of weeks ago. After a lengthy period of struggling to get out of Junior football, Dungannon can now enjoy the challenge of Intermediate football in 2013 and hopefully continue their rise back to Senior football which they once dominated  many years ago.

The lights in the training field were pretty poor for decent action photos meaning I had to reduce my shutter speed manually to 1/320 on 2000 ISO but there’s a few below and even more post-celebration photos.

The Dungannon Clarkes team line out in their training field.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dungannon Clarkes Vs Aghaloo

O’Neill Park, Dungannon was the venue for Sunday’s Tyrone ACL Division 3 tie between Dungannon Clarkes and my own club of Aghaloo. Like every other club game across Tyrone yesterday, a strong unpredictable wind blew across the field resulting in difficult playing and shooting conditions for both sides.

The Clarkes made the stronger start in the first half  and they soon hit the back of the net thanks to a Patrick Quinn goal. The Clarkes continued to dominate in the first half as Aghaloo found it difficult to get the ball into the opposing half against the wind. It wasn’t the most entertaining half ever and the scoreline reflected this as Dungannon Clarkes went in 1-06 to 0-01 up at half time.

The second half saw a stronger performance from the Blackwater boys and thankfully the scores started to tally up on the scoreboard for Aghaloo with points from Gerard Mc Caughey and then a goal from Tyrone minor Ruairi Mc Glone. As the English Premiership updates rang around the pitch, the margin between the teams narrowed to 3 points but further scores from Padraig Mc Nulty, Kiefer Morgan and Jonathan Toal meant that Dungannon eased to a 1-12 to 1-07 victory to maintain their 100% start to the season.

The Dungannon Clarkes senior team line out for a photo.

 

Aghaloo O'Neills pictured at O'Neill Park, Dungannon.

 

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Augher Vs Dungannon (U21 Grade 2 Final)

On Sunday past, Fr Hackett Park in Augher was the venue for the final two games of gaelic football for me in 2011 as the Under 21 Grade 1 and 2 finals double header took place.

It’s been a long year since the first GAA match of 2011 (which took place in very sad circumstances in January when Tyrone met Donegal in Edendork) and since then I have been up and down the country following Tyrone and also the Tyrone clubs so it’s nice to get a month’s break, especially when the temperatures drop down to this low!

The first game on Sunday saw home side Augher take on Dungannon Clarkes. It was very much a game of two contrasting halves as Dungannon played some good football in the first half and should have been further ahead than the 0-07 to 0-05 lead they had at the break.

However, the second half saw a complete turnaround in the game as Augher completely dominated and prevented the Clarkes from scoring at all. Augher on the other hand managed to tally up 3-10 in the second half leaving a final scoreline; Augher 3-15 Dungannon 0-07.

It was a joyous occasion for my neighbouring parish following their defeat in the final last year and the boys thoroughly deserved it.

 

 

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Killeeshil Vs Dungannon Clarkes

On Saturday evening, the final round of ACL club games in Tyrone were concluded with a lot at stake at both ends of the table across the three divisions for many teams. I went to Kennedy Park to see the Division 3 league title decider between Killeeshil and Dungannon Clarkes. There were a lot of mathematical formulas and “what-ifs” being discussed in the days before the game as Killeeshil, Dungannon, Brocagh and my own club of Aghaloo were all close to the top spot but things worked out simple enough in the end.

The opening 15 minutes was an even affair with both teams splitting the posts but it wasn’t until the last 10 minutes of the half that Killeeshil took a comfortable lead of 0-09 to 0-04 at half time.

Dungannon Clarkes displayed a remarkable come-back in the second half and Killeeshil found it difficult to deal with the athleticism and speed of Kiefer Morgan and Sean Molloy to name two. The Clarkes brought the score line back to 0-10 to 0-08 and then to 0-13 to 0-12 in the dying minutes of the game ensuring an exciting finale as they tried to get the ball into the back of the net for the league title. But it wasn’t meant to be as Gary Reilly scored the last point of the day to make the final score 0-14 to 0-12 and a return to Intermediate football next year for the hoops.

It was nice to see my neighbouring parish do the business on Saturday (especially after Aghaloo were defeated by Drumquin) but they will need to be on the top of their game next weekend when they take on Aghaloo in the Power N.I. Tyrone Junior Championship Quarter Final – a cracking tie indeed especially after their league encounter back in June which Aghaloo won by one point!

A pacey Sean Molloy gets ahead of Killeeshil's Brian Mc Kenna.

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