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Omagh St Endas Vs Carrickmore – 2014 Tyrone GAA SFC Final

Omagh St Endas became the champions of Tyrone senior football on Sunday for the first time in 26 years following a one point win over last year’s defeated finalists Carrickmore.

A lot of people, including myself. found it hard to call what way this game was going to go and even when the game started, there was very little between the two sides. Carmen were unlucky not to score a goal in the first half from Niall Loughran when the ball struck the post and then rolled along the line. Paul McAleer scored some fine scores in the first half however for Carrickmore and Omagh struck back too with scores from Ronan O’Neill, Barry Tierney and Jason McAnulla but it was Carrickmore who had the advantage at the break going in 0-08 to 0-06 ahead.

The second half continued like the first with both sides playing it reasonably safe and the chances of a draw were looking more and more likely. Carmen were dealt with the blow of losing Johnnie Munroe to a second yellow card which allowed Omagh to pull it back to a draw but as the clock struck the 60th minute a huge Martin Penrose point put Brian Gormley’s side one point ahead with only injury time remaining. It looked to be all over for St Endas but a long Cathal McCarron ball from the wing found danger-man Ronan O’Neill who somehow managed to tussle his way inside the square and beat goalkeeper Plunkett McCallan to give them a 2 point lead and send Healy Park into eruptions. Carrickmore battled in the final 90 seconds of injury time for a goal but it wasn’t to be as Omagh captain Hugh Gallagher lifted the O’Neill Cup for Omagh for the first time since 1988.

Full time score; Omagh St Endas 1-10 Carrickmore 0-12

Hugh Gallagher leads his team onto the field.

Hugh Gallagher leads his team onto the field.


The Omagh St Endas senior team line out in their homeground of Healy Park.

The Omagh St Endas senior team line out in their homeground of Healy Park.


Conor Gormley leads the Carmen army onto the pitch.

Conor Gormley leads the Carmen army onto the pitch.


The Carrickmore senior team were back for another Tyrone SFC final.

The Carrickmore senior team were back for another Tyrone SFC final.


Team captains Conor Gormley and Hugh Gallagher with referee Sean Hurson.

Team captains Conor Gormley and Hugh Gallagher with referee Sean Hurson.


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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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Clonoe Vs Omagh – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, First Round

In the second double header in Dunmoyle, Clonoe and Omagh met again in the Tyrone SFC first round game.

Omagh St Endas made a number of late changes to their side before the throw in and they went in without Joe Mc Mahon and Cathal Mc Carron to name two major players, a blow to any team. Clonoe got off to a fine start when Connor Mc Aliskey got onto the end of a high ball and flicked it into the net. Omagh responded right away and a fine move resulted in Ronan O’Neill too fisting the ball into the Clonoe net. This was as close the teams got though as Clonoe took a 1-08 to 1-04 lead in with them at HT.

Clonoe started where they left off in the second half when they were awarded two penalties, both of which were converted by Colm Doris and despite the late dismissal of Dan Mc Nulty for Clonoe they held on for a deserving 8 point win.

Full time score; Clonoe 3-09 Omagh 1-07

The Clonoe O'Rahillys senior team.

The Clonoe O’Rahillys senior team.


The Omagh St Endas senior team.

The Omagh St Endas senior team.


Ciaran Mc Laughlin fists over a point for Omagh.

Ciaran Mc Laughlin fists over a point for Omagh.


Ronan O'Neill on the attack for Omagh.

Ronan O’Neill on the attack for Omagh.


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Errigal Ciaran Vs Omagh – 2012 Tyrone GAA Senior Championship, Quarter Final

Errigal Ciaran became the last team to make up the 2012 Tyrone Senior Championship semi-finalists after they defeated Omagh St Endas on Sunday evening in Carrickmore.

Omagh got of to the perfect start in the third minute when Jason Mc Anulla found Conor Clarke and he blasted the ball into the net for an early St Endas lead. Errigal Ciaran didn’t panic however and they responded with 6 points of their own in the first half from Davy Harte, Peter Harte and Thomas Canavan followed by an Enda Mc Ginley goal just before HT to ensure Errigal went in 1-08 to 1-02 up at the break.

The second half was a lot more disjointed but despite another early goal from Omagh’s Hugh Gallagher, Errigal maintained their momentum and kept adding scores courtesy of Damian Mc Dermott and Peter Harte. Omagh never looked like threatening the game again and Ronan Mc Guckin’s Errigal Ciaran side moved into the Tyrone SFC semi-finals.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 1-10 Omagh St Endas 2-04

Errigal Ciaran will now take on neighbours Carrickmore in the Tyrone SFC semi-final while Dromore and Killyclogher will contest the second semi-final.

Omagh St Endas stand for the national anthem.


The Errigal Ciaran senior team.


Jason Mc Anulla finds Omagh’s Conor Clarke.


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Errigal Ciaran Vs Omagh – 2012 Tyrone Ladies GAA Senior Championship, Semi-Final

On Wednesday evening I travelled over to Beragh to see the Tyrone Ladies senior championship tie between Errigal Ciaran and Omagh St Endas. I rarely get an opportunity to photograph ladies GAA matches but made the most of a spare couple hours for the first championship semi-final.

Omagh St Endas were down quite a few key players from the 2011 season and were up against it from the start. Errigal Ciaran led throughout the game thanks to the scoring power of their formidable full forward line of Lycrecia Quinn, Sarah Connolly and Aine Canavan and cruised to victory. Errigal will now take on the winners of the Carrickmore Vs St Macartans semi-final.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 2-18 Omagh St Endas 0-07

Errigal Ciaran Ladies 2012


Omagh St Endas ladies 2012



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Omagh Vs Clonoe – 2012 Tyrone GAA Senior Championship (Replay)

Omagh and Clonoe met again on Sunday in Dunmoyle, seven days after they drew in the first round of the Tyrone Senior football championship. Many felt that Omagh missed their chance of knocking out Clonoe last Sunday and that the Rahillys wouldn’t make the same mistakes again but that wasn’t the case as Omagh St Endas defied the odds and defeated Clonoe 0-10 to 0-09 and set up a quarter final tie against Errial Ciaran.

Like last weekend, Clonoe started strongly and cruised into a 4 point lead after 15 minutes with scores coming from the two Ryan O’Neills, Connor Mc Aliskey and Collie Doris. Conan Grugan was the first Omagh man on the score sheet followed by Shane O’Neill and Barry Tierney. Clonoe went in with a 0-05 to 0-03 lead at HT …… not a great half of football by any means.

There were very few scores in the second half and as the light faded, Omagh gradually moved ahead thanks to scores from Conan Grugan, Conor O’Donnell and Paddy Doherty. Clonoe were unlucky not to have scored a goal or two but still kept within touching distance with a point from Mc Aliskey. Omagh however carried a 3 point advantage with them into the 6 minutes injury time and this was soon cut down to 1 point after scores from Coney and Mc Aliskey. As tempers began to flare on the field, referee Jerome Mc Elroy sent off Joe Mc Mahon and Conor Starrs (Omagh) and Shane Coney (Clonoe) for an off the ball incident…… Omagh held on though and as the clock approached the ninth minute of injury time, Jerome sounded the whistle to indicate that after 130 minutes + of championship football, Omagh St Endas were the victors.

Full time score; Omagh 0-10 Clonoe 0-09



Patrick Doris is tackled by Omagh’s Hugh Gallagher.


Joe Mc Mahon in action for Omagh.


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Clonoe Vs Omagh – 2012 Tyrone GAA Senior Football Championship

The second top tie in Dunmoyle on Sunday afternoon saw the meeting of senior teams Omagh St Endas and Clonoe O’Rahillys in the Power NI Tyrone SFC.

Clonoe, playing in their ‘away’ black jersey, took a massive 6 point lead in the opening 15 minutes thanks to scores from Stephen Mc Nulty, Shane Coney and Conor Mc Aliskey and a fisted goal from Danny Mc Nulty.  Omagh’s first score in the game came in the 18th minute with a point from Conan Grugan, much to the relief of the large Omagh crowd. Points soon followed from Conor ODonnell, Shane O’Neill and Joe Mc Mahon to name a few and as tempers began to flare towards half time, Omagh had cut the Clonoe lead to 1 point. A half of two halves! HT score; Omagh 0-06 Clonoe 1-04.

The temperature on the field didn’t cool at the beginning of the second half and within minutes a couple of hard clashes between the teams resulted in referee Eamon Mc Hugh sending off Clonoe’s Shane O’Hagan for a second bookable offence. As the 1600 strong crowd got behind their teams, Joe Mc Mahon pointed to level the game. Then Shane O’Neill hit the back of the net for Omagh but seconds later Danny Mc Nulty hit a goal for the Rahillys to keep them one point ahead after a Conor Mc Aliskey point. Clonoe went on to score 2 more points to leave them 4 points ahead but Omagh’s never say die spirit came through and points from Conor O’Donnell and Cathal Mc Carron levelled the game.

Omagh St Endas dominated play in the last few minutes of the match but couldn’t find that elusive score to win the game and a draw is how it ended……. Omagh 1-11 Clonoe 2-08.

It was a pulsating game of championship football for a first round tie and Omagh nearly pulled off a massive victory in the dying stages. They will have to do it all over again next Sunday and let’s hope it will provide the same entertainment and quality in football.

Omagh St Endas senior team.


The Clonoe O’Rahillys GFC senior team.


Aggressive Omagh tackling on Clonoe’s Aidan Brady in the opening minutes of the game.


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Omagh Vs Donaghmore (U21 Grade 1 Final)

The second game on Sunday was the Tyrone Under 21 Grade 1 Final between Omagh St Endas and Donaghmore St Patrick’s.

It was a dry but very cold afternoon in Augher for the game and the light varied from lots of direct autumn sunlight to very dull and cloudy which tended to knock the white balance in the camera giving some photos a hint of blue colouring in them but this was easily corrected at home on the computer.

Omagh St Endas were fancied for this title but Donaghmore held them reasonably well in the first half going in at the break 0-05 to 0-03 down. In the second half, Omagh’s main attacking threat of Ronan O’Neill, Conan Grugan and Shane O’Neill creating many problems for the Donaghmore defence. Although Donaghmore scored a late penalty, Omagh came out comfortable winners on a scoreline of; Omagh 0-15 Donaghmore 1-05.

Omagh will now go onto to represent Tyrone in the Ulster U21 championship in 2012 against Antrim’s Creggan.

Below are some photos from the game.


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Dromore Vs Omagh

The last Tyrone championship semi-final tie of the year took place between rivals Dromore and Omagh on Sunday evening. People were split as to who would be meeting Clonoe in the Tyrone SFC final on the 23rd October but most agreed there wouldn’t be much between them at the end of the 60 minutes.

Conditions were again quite windy but reasonably dry.  There was a plethora of talent on the field for this game with players like Justin and Joe Mc Mahon, Ronan O’Neill, Conan Grugan and Conor Clarke for Omagh St Endas versus the might of Ricey Mc Menamin, Eoin Mc Cusker, Fabian O’Neill, Sean O’Neill and Paddy Montague to name a few for Dromore St Dympnas.

From the outset however, Dromore gave a masterclass in football and made everyone know their intentions this year (if they didn’t know already!) Dromore prevented Omagh from playing or building up any consistency in their play. Dromore used the strong breeze to their advantage in the first half and went in 0-10 to 0-04 up.

Omagh however could only score another 0-04 with the breeze in the second half compared to Dromore’s 0-06 resulting in an empatic 0-16 to 0-08 win for the Dromore men. Omagh were by no means bad on Sunday… but Dromore gave a superb team performance!

It’s a repeat of the memorable 2008 Tyrone SFC final now on the 23rd October as East Tyrone’s Clonoe meet West Tyrone’s Dromore. It’s sure to be a great game and after today, my prediction is with Dromore for the O’Neill cup.

Team captains Eoin Mc Cusker and Hugh Gallagher shake hands before the game. Referee for the tie was Brackaville's Cathal O'Hagan.


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Coalisland Vs Omagh

A large crowd braved the autumnal elements on Sunday evening in Dunmoyle to see Coalisland na Fianna take on Omagh St. Endas in the quarter final of the Tyrone SFC.

Omagh started terrifically with a well worked move from Ronan O’Neill which ended in a goal from Cathal Mc Carron inside the first 2 minutes.  Paddy Mc Niece and Eoghan Carberry soon added points for Coalisland and Conor Clarke picked up two points of his own for Omagh to leave the half time score; Omagh 1-03 Coalisland 0-04.

As the light fell in the second half and the wind continued to howl, Coalisland made the brighter start following points from Brian Toner and Stephen Mc Nally but they were dealt a blow when team captain, Peter Donnelly, was sent off for an off the ball incident. Ronan O’Neill continued to get more scores on the board for Omagh but a Paddy Mc Niece free kick deep into injury time  levelled the sides 0-10 to 1-07 and resulted in yet another drawn Championship game this weekend.

Omagh's Hugh Gallagher and Coalisland's Peter Donnelly shake hands before the throw-in.

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