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Errigal Ciaran Vs Galbally – 2012 Tyrone GAA U16 Grade 1 Championship Final

A couple of hours before Errigal Ciaran seniors lifted the O’Neill Cup on Sunday, their Under 16 side took part in the Tyrone Grade 1 Championship final against Galbally Pearses.

In a very sporting game, Errigal Ciaran capitalised on a couple of missed goal opportunities in the opening minutes from Galbally and went in at HT 1-04 to 0-02 up. Cheered on by the growing Errigal crowd, the lads held on to their lead and added a second goal in the second half and despite a late resurgence from Galbally, Errigal Ciaran held on for a well deserved 2-06 to 0-08 win.

It was to be the first of many great things for the club that afternoon!

Below are a few of my photos from the game.

The Errigal Ciaran Under 16 team.


The Galbally Pearses Under 16 team.




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Gortin Vs Galbally – 2012 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Championship, Quarter Final Replay

Five days after Galbally and Gortin drew in the Tyrone Intermediate Championship quarter finals, they met again in Healy Park to see who would progress into the semi-finals. Galbally lost the influential Mickey Murphy and Paul Rafferty in the first game through injury and their absence from the starting fifteen was undoubtedly an advantage to  Gortin.

In another low scoring encounter, neither team managed to score any goals (although there were opportunities) and each side had to rely on scores from free kicks, 45s and points from play.

Gortin’s Ruairi Keenan, Kevin Mossey, Shane Clarke and Diarmuid  Mc Nulty worked very hard all night while Kieron Mc Crory, Martin Brannigan and Damien Mc Crory kept Galbally in with a real fighting chance.  Gortin led at the break by 0-04 to 0-03 and again were the slightly better side in the second half. Galbally’s Mickey Murphy and Paul Rafferty did make an appearance in the final 7 minutes but by this stage it was too late as Gortin progressed onto the Intermediate championship semi-finals against Eskra.

Full time score; Gortin 0-08 Galbally 0-06.






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Galbally Vs Gortin – 2012 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Championship, Quarter Final

The final 2012 Tyrone Intermediate Championship quarter final between Gortin and Galbally ended in a draw on Friday night on a scoreline of 0-09 apiece.

The game could have went either way and a draw was probably a fair result….. Galbally went in with a one point lead at HT only for Gortin to overturn it and in the 28th minute of the game, they led 0-08 to 0-07 and looked certain to be progressing to the semi-finals. Ronan Hagan looked to have won the game in injury time with a fisted point for Galbally but Kevin Mossey scored an excellent point for Gortin in the dying minutes to level the game.

The two teams will meet each other in the next few days but Galbally are very likely be without the services of key players Paul Rafferty and Mickey Murphy after both players limped off the field on Friday night with injuries.

Galbally Pearses senior team.


Gortin GFC senior team.


Diarmuid Mc Nulty rattled the Galbally crossbar in the opening minutes with this shot.


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Galbally Vs Aghyaran – 2012 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Championship

Galbally Pearses took on Aghyaran on Saturday evening in Loughmacrory in the first round of the Power NI Tyrone Intermediate Championship.

A very strong breeze blew down Loughmacrory field all evening and it was with this breeze that Galbally played with in the first half, scoring 9 points compared to Aghyaran’s 2 points who on the contrary were finding shooting between the posts very difficult. Strong performances came in the first half from Galbally’s Blaine Nugent, Paul Rafferty, Christopher Morris, Mickey Murphy and Ryan Hagan.

The real test for Galbally though would be the second half when they were playing into the breeze and thanks to the solid back line, lead by Terry Donnelly, they dealt very well with the constant high aerial balls Aghyaran launched in from 50 metres out. Ronan Mc Namee scored a couple of frees for Aghyaran and in the dying seconds of injury time, Michael Anderson broke the Galbally defence with a well taken goal but it was too late as the ref blew the whistle on a scoreline of….. Galbally 0-12 Aghyaran 1-06.

The Aghyaran senior team line out in Loughmacrory.


The Galbally Pearses senior team line out.


Aidan O’Hagan pushes forward for Galbally.


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Kildress Vs Galbally

During the days and hours leading up to Sunday’s Tyrone Intermediate championship final, there were a lot of conversations, tweets and Facebook status debates as to who would win this game…. the people of Tyrone were divided, including my own opinion. One thing for certain though was that it was going to be a close one… and it was!

A huge autumn shower of rain fell for the start of Sunday’s final in Omagh and many people fled the terraces to go under the stands. The opening 20 minutes was an entertaining affair with Michael Murphy and Paul Rafferty getting on the scoresheet for Galbally, giving them a 0-05 to 0-02. This was short lived as Frank Mc Gurk and Des Tracey returned scores for Kildress levelling the scoreboard at 0-05 each at half. To make things worse, Galbally lost Terry Donnelly due to two yellow cards.

Galbally got the best start to the second half that they ever want with Declan Murphy hitting a point followed by a goal from captain Mickey Murphy (who was suspended from the game up until Thursday night when his semi-final red card was overturned by the Ulster Council). Galbally 1-07 Kildress 0-07.

But the newspapers couldn’t write their headlines just yet! Fran Loughran and Frank Mc Gurk got points for the Wolfe Tones before full-forward Damien Kelly scored a goal into the bottom corner of the net to put Kildress 1-10 to 1-07 ahead… what a turn around. From that point on, Galbally could never catch up again and they were starting to feel the effect of playing 14 men against 15.

Kildress scored a couple more late points to secure the Tyrone Intermediate championship title for 2011. It was a great game of football played in a sporting manner and referred superbly by Aghaloo’s Jerome Mc Elroy…. the game was a great advertisement for Tyrone GAA.

Here are some of my best photos from the game.

Match referee Jerome Mc Elroy holds the specially made 2011 Tyrone Intermediate Championship ball as Kildress captain Des Tracey and Galbally's Mickey Murphy shake hands.


Kildress Wolfe Tones stand together for Amhrán na bhFiann.


Galbally Pearses pictured during the minute's silence.

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Galbally Vs Rock

On Saturday, Galbally Pearses took on the Rock in the NI Power Intermediate Championship, quarter final in Coalisland.

This was an exciting and open game of football from the very start and Galbally claimed a semi-final place with the minimum to spare. A wet and slippery surface made play difficult for both teams in the opening half following a heavy shower of rain and it was Galbally that went in 0-06 to 0-05 up at half time.

In the second half, Galbally surprisingly only scored twice (both in the first 5 minutes) compared to Rock’s six scores but most importantly, Galbally’s two scores were two goals and as we all know, goals win games! Galbally went for 25 minutes without scoring again while Rock steadily clawed their way back but time was against Rock and they were eventually beaten by the clock. Final Score; Galbally 2-06 Rock 0-11.

Galbally breathed a huge sigh of relief as they really were on the back foot for most of the second half but they did enough to earn a semi-final tie against Stewartstown Harps. Well done to the Pearses!

Conor Mc Creesh is surrounded by Galbally players.


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