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Killeeshil Vs Emyvale – 2013 Ulster GAA Junior Club Championship Final

On Saturday night, the Ulster Junior football final took place in the Athletics Grounds, Armagh between Tyrone champions Killeeshil St Marys and Monaghan champions Emyvale – two teams I know very well with many friends in the Killeeshil club and family ties with Emyvale.

Killeeshil took an early lead in the opening 15 minutes with Gary Reilly knocking over points for the hoops but the Emyvale struck back in the last 10 minutes of the half scoring 1-02 to take a 1-03 to 0-03 lead in at half time. In an exciting second half, both teams battled for possession but it was Emyvale who had the edge in midfield. Killeeshil had chances to pull the score back level but points from David McAllister and Daithi Colton ensured Emyvale maintained their lead and despite a late rally from Killeeshil to get the ball into the back of the net in the last few minutes, it was Emyvale who were crowned Ulster Junior champions. Well done to them and good luck in the All-Ireland series.

Full time score; Emyvale 1-06 Killeeshil 0-06.

2013 Ulster Junior football champions, Emyvale.

2013 Ulster Junior football champions, Emyvale.

 

The Killeeshil team line out in Armagh.

The Killeeshil team line out in Armagh.

 

The Emyvale senior team.

The Emyvale senior team.

 

Captains James Bellew and Packie Mc Mullan with Donegal referee Shaun McLaughlin.

Captains James Bellew and Packie Mc Mullan with Donegal referee Shaun McLaughlin.

 

The final team talk before the throw in.

The final team talk before the throw in.

 

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Killeeshil Vs Teconnaught – 2013 Ulster GAA Junior Club Championship Quarter Final

Tyrone JFC champions Killeeshil progressed to the Ulster club championship quarter finals with a very narrow victory over Down champions Teconnaught in Newry early on Sunday afternoon.

Killeeshil surged into a 0-06 to 0-01 lead after 15 minutes with scores coming from Gary Reilly, Ciaran O’Neill, Shane Mallon and Rory McCann. However a considerable 30 minute dry patch followed from the Tyrone champions and Teconnaught gradually chipped down the hoops lead to only one point at HT.

Things got worse in the second half for Killeeshil when they conceded a penalty but goalkeeper Ciaran Reilly produced a great save which undoubtedly kept the balance with Killeeshil and was a turning point in the game. Great work from Kevin Hub Hughes for Killeeshil in midfield set up Shane Mallon for a converted free kick mid-way through the second half  followed by a point from Packie McMullan and another score from Mallon as the more experienced players saw the game out and Killeeshil progressed to the Ulster JFC semi finals in 2 weeks time against Donegal champions Milford.

Full time score; Killeeshil 0-11 Teconnaught 0-09.

John McMullan meets the shoulder of Teconnaught's Michael Hamill.

John McMullan meets the shoulder of Teconnaught’s Michael Hamill.

 

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Eoghan Donaghy dodges his way around the Teconnaught defence.

Eoghan Donaghy dodges his way around the Teconnaught defence.

 

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Killeeshil Vs Loughmacrory – 2013 Tyrone GAA Junior Club Championship Final

My good neighbours of Killeeshil St Mary’s defied the odds on Sunday afternoon in Healy Park, Omagh and became Tyrone Junior champions of 2013 after defeating Loughmacrory in an exciting game of football.

A torrential shower of rain began at the throw in of the game which caused further slippy conditions for the players. In a low scoring game, scores from Kevin Hughes and Packie Mc Mullan gave Killeeshil the lead but a Niall Grimes Loughmacrory goal gave them a one point advantage at HT.

Fifteen seconds into the second half, Killeeshil corner forward Rory McCann struck the ball into the net and he added further points to sway the game to their advantage. Loughmacrory will be thinking of the chances they put wide today and as all fifteen Loughmacrory men piled forward into the Killeeshil square for 2 late free kicks, they couldn’t find that winning goal and Seamus McCallan’s side won by 2 points. Well done to this up and coming young team next year in Intermediate football.

Full times score; Killeeshil 1-08 Loughmacrory 1-06.

Below are my photos from the game.

The Killeeshil team celebrate becoming Tyrone JFC champions of 2013.

The Killeeshil team celebrate becoming Tyrone JFC champions of 2013.

 

Brian McCallion stands between Packie McMullan and Ronan Ward.

Brian McCallion stands between Packie McMullan and Ronan Ward.

 

Ciaran O'Neill makes his way up the field for Killeeshil.

Ciaran O’Neill makes his way up the field for Killeeshil.

 

Midfield action from Sunday in Healy Park.

Midfield action from Sunday in Healy Park.

 

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Killeeshil Vs Killyman – 2013 Tyrone GAA Junior Club Championship, Semi Final

Killeeshil have made it to another Tyrone JFC final after their well deserved 4 point win over Killyman in Dungannon on Sunday afternoon.

In a fairly even first half with Killeeshil’s Shane Mallon and Killyman’s Enda Mc Gahan both getting their name on the scoresheets, it was Killeeshil St Mary’s that made the breakthrough in the first half when Eoghan Donaghy struck a well worked goal. Kevin Hughes, Packie McMullan and Shane Mallon continued to add scores onto the board and after a late red card in the Killyman team, Killeeshil cruised into another final.

Seamus McCallan’s side will be hoping to avoid the disappointment of the 2011 final defeat to Derrytresk but they will be very much the underdogs against title favourites Loughmacrory. We’ll know all by the 20th October.

Full time score; Killeeshil 1-11 Killyman 0-10.

Enda McGahan tries to make his way around Kevin Hughes.

Enda McGahan tries to make his way around Kevin Hughes.

 

Kevin Hughes contends the ball in the air.

Kevin Hughes contends the ball in the air.

 

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Aidan McAnespie 25th Anniversary Commemoration Match, Aghaloo Vs Killeeshil

On the fateful day that my cousin Aidan McAnespie was shot on the 21st February 1988, Aidan was walking to Aghaloo football grounds for the Jim Devlin Cup fixture between Aghaloo and Killeeshil, a fixture that was never to be fulfilled.

On Saturday afternoon, both clubs reunited for for that tie with players from 1988 togging out for their respective clubs. Also, a host of GAA dignitaries attended the game such as the GAA president from 1988 Dr. Mick Loftus (who made the long journey from Mayo especially for the event), the new Ulster GAA President Martin McAviney, Ulster Council’s Danny Murphy and Tyrone GAA chairman Ciaran McLaughlin. Recent All-Ireland Intermediate champions Cookstown Fr Rocks also accepted the invitation to attend the commemoration game too which was fantastic.

On the football field, Killeeshil were victorious over a sluggish, too many miles on the clock Aghaloo side!! It was an entertaining game made even more comical with the match commentary by Aghaloo’s Martin McCarron.

Below are some photos from the afternoon.

The Killeeshil team from 1988 that togged out on Saturday.

The Killeeshil team from 1988 that togged out on Saturday.

 

The Aghaloo players from 1988.

The Aghaloo players from 1988.

 

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MC for the day, Aghaloo's Martin Mc Carron.

MC for the day, Aghaloo’s Martin Mc Carron.

 

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Killeeshil Vs Urney – 2012 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Championship

After the Omagh-Clonoe match I travelled up the road to Carrickmore to see Urney take on Killeeshil in the Tyrone Intermediate Championship in Carmen’s newly redeveloped Pairc Naomh Colmcille field which looks fantastic.

Unfortunately the game wasn’t up to the same standard as the facilities and Urney cruised to a 3-12 to 0-10 victory over the Hoops. This now means Killeeshil will now return to Junior football, a year after they beat Dungannon in the Division 3 league title decider.  I only got a few good photos from the game but here they are.

 

Killeeshil’s John Mc Mullan is tackled from behind.

 

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Killeeshil Vs Stewartstown

Tyrone club football started back this weekend across all three divisions after a 2 week delay due to the Tyrone U21’s progress to the Ulster Championship final. It was great to get back to the local club GAA action after snapping a lot of Tyrone games the past 3 months and on Saturday I made the short journey down to newly promoted Division 2 side Killeeshil for their game against Stewartstown Harps.

Killeeshil made the brighter start with a goal from Ciaran O’Neill but Gareth Devlin responded with a goal from the penalty spot. Killeeshil didn’t let their heads drop though at HT it was 1-05 apiece.

In the second half, both sides made a lot of mistakes and squandered opportunities but the other team never capitalized on them. The game could have went either way towards the end but Stewartstown pulled off a slender 1-12 t0 1-09 win over the Hoops – it’s fair to say they made more work for themselves than was necessary in getting their first 2 points of the season but they will be happy with the away win.

Gareth Devlin warms up before the game for Stewartstown Harps.

 

 

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Derrytresk Vs Killeeshil

The Power N.I. Junior Championship final took place at Healy Park, Omagh on Sunday between Division 3 league champions Killeeshil and Derrytresk. I hadn’t seen Derrytresk all year before this but I heard that they were a formidable team and after knocking out Dungannon Clarkes earlier in the year, they were serious contenders. A lot of pundits fancied them too after teamtalkmag.com held a straw-poll last week … out of the 16 Tyrone GAA ‘experts’ that were asked across the county, an amazing 15 went for Derrytresk to lift the Junior Cup!

It was a lovely clear day for Sunday’s game and Healy Park was in perfect condition for the first of the two games.  From the very outset, Derrytresk’s passing and control of the ball was first class and you could tell that Killeeshil were slightly overcome with how organised and slick Derrytresk were in moving the ball forward and rarely giving it away.

Derrytresk went 3 points up in the opening 10 minutes but Killeeshil had their chance to equalise when Aaron Mc Kenna was brought down in the square… however Packie Mc Mullan’s penalty was saved and Mickey Rea and Niall Gavin added more points for Derrytresk leaving them 0-07 to 0-03 up at half time.

Killeeshil knew they failed to show up in the first half and they started reasonably brightly in the second half with Gary Reilly and Shane Mallon adding scores cutting the deficit to 3 points again. Killeeshil tried to move forward in search for a goal but The Hill’s full back and half-back line continued to clean up possession and move it out of danger. The clock ticked down however and further points were added by Niall Gavin to conclude the game on a final scoreline of 0-15 to 0-09.

Derrytresk fully merited the title and it was a great achievement for the club who picked up their first piece of silverware in over 50 years.

Killeeshil and Derrytresk captains, Kieran Magill and Cathal O'Neill, shake hands for the pre-match photo.

 

Rory Mc Cann tries to move the ball forward for Killeeshil.

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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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