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Stewartstown Vs Brackaville – 2013 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Club Championship, Quarter Final

In Dungannon’s O’Neill Park, Stewartstown Harps took on Brackaville in the quarter finals of the Tyrone IFC on Sunday afternoon.

Both sides would probably admit that they each made a lot of errors and were guilty of poor shooting resulting in a poor enough spectacle for the crowd. Stewartstown were dominant in and around midfield thanks to Peter Armour and Mickey Mulgrew and they lead for whole game with Harps’s Cathal Devlin getting the goal towards the end of the game which ended the contest.

Full time score; Stewartstown 1-11 Brackaville 0-07

Mickey Mulgrew takes on Brackaville's Sean Corr.

Mickey Mulgrew takes on Brackaville’s Sean Corr.





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Stewartstown Vs Kildress – 2013 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Club Championship

Stewartstown Harps defied the odds and progressed to the quarter finals of the Tyrone IFC after a fine victory over Kildress Wolfe Tones in Edendork on Sunday.

They got off to the perfect start when Gareth Devlin scored in a goal in the opening couple of minutes. After further Harps points, Kildress were awarded a penalty in the first half which Martin Grimes converted and Kildress went in at HT one point down; 1-04 to 1-03.

The second half was again evenly matched and it was a tight encounter. Stewartstown kept the lead however thanks to scores from Gareth Devlin and Peter Armour while Frank McGurk added points for Kildress. It was a tense last 10 minutes but the Stewartstown defence held out for a 3 point victory.

Full time score; Stewartstown Harps 1-11 Kildress 1-08.


The Stewartstown Harps GFC team line out in Edendork.

The Stewartstown Harps GFC team line out in Edendork.


The Kildress Wolfe Tones senior team.

The Kildress Wolfe Tones senior team.


Ryan Devlin pushes off the challenge.

Ryan Devlin pushes off the challenge.


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Stewartstown Vs Eglish – 2012 Tyrone GAA Minor Grade 2 Championship Final

Stewartstown Harps minors completed the double on Saturday when they overcame Eglish in the Tyrone Grade 2 minor championship final in Edendork.

After an open first half, both sides went in level on a scoreline of 1-04 to 0-07 apiece but the second half couldn’t have been more different as only 3 points were scored – Stewartstown having the advantage of 2 points to 1 thus making them the Tyrone Grade 2 minor champions. Well done to them and commiserations to a valiant Eglish team who could also so easily have won it.

Full time score; Stewartstown 0-09 Eglish 1-05.

Below are a mixture of action and post-celebration photos.


The Eglish minor team line out in Edendork.


The Stewartstown minor team pictured before the game.


The Eglish minor team in the team huddle before the game.




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Eskra Vs Stewartstown – 2012 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Championship

Eskra Emmetts and Stewartstown Harps took on each other in the first round of the Tyrone Intermediate Championship on Sunday afternoon in a dull, overcast O’Neill Park, Dungannon. Looking at the league status of both these teams, there was very little between them and it was hard to call who would progress to the next round.

It was Eskra that made the better start to the first half as they scored most opportunities they got whereas Stewartstown missed some very scoreable chances resulting in them chasing the game throughout. Gareth Devlin did tally up some points in the first half for the Harps but points from Peter Hughes and Ronan O’Neill and a last minute goal from Niall Marlow meant that Eskra went in at HT 1-07 to 0-06 up.

Things went from bad to worse in the second half for the Harps as poor passing and break downs in play were punished by Eskra’s Peter Hughes, Ryan Gartland and Joe Mc Carroll who all struck excellent points. Conor O’Hagan then pounced to palm a second goal for Eskra after an unfortunate mistake from the Stewartstown goalkeeper and Joe Mc Carroll finished the game off as a contest with a well taken goal into the bottom corner. It was an impressive, efficient performance from Eskra who are a side that others will want to avoid in the next round. Full time score……. Eskra 3-11 Stewartstown 0-10.

Stewartstown Harps line out in O’Neill Park, Dungannon.




Gareth Devlin proved the Eskra defence a problem throughout the game.


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Stewartstown Vs Derrytresk

Stewartstown Harps took on newly promoted neighbours Derrytresk on Sunday in a game that many thought would be a no-contest in favour of the home side. However, the boys from The Hill pulled off a surprise result in an entertaining game of football.

Predictably, Stewartstown made a strong start with Gareth Devlin notching up a couple of points in the opening few minutes. Derrytresk came back with a few points of their own from Niall Gavin and Joe Mc Kee and led 0-04 to 0-03 but another scoring spree from Gareth Devlin, Cathal Devlin and Peter Armour put the Harps in a comfortable 0-09 to 0-05 lead.  Disaster soon struck for the home side before half time when referee Martin Sludden gave Stewartstown’s Mannies Devlin a straight red card for kicking, a harsh decision that caused temperatures to boil from both teams.

One man down, Stewartstown still had a 4 point lead at the break but  Niall Gavin soon reduced this as his mostly accurate free kicks reduced their lead to one point. Martin Sludden was soon writing again when a high tackle from Derrytresk’s Seamus O’Neill saw him getting a straight red card too. With 10 minutes remaining Stewartstown were hanging onto a 0-13 to 0-11 lead. The Harps looked to be holding onto the slender victory in injury time when a dubious 45 was awarded to Derrytresk by Martin Sludden. Joe Mc Kee stepped up and took it off the ground and somehow…. nearly in slow motion…. the ball sailed into the Stewartstown net to give them a goal and seal their first victory in Division 2 football. Full Time score; Stewartstown 0-14 Derrytresk 1-13.

Stewartstown's Gareth Devlin circles Derrytresk's Kevin Campbell to score a point in the opening few minutes.


Peter Armour makes gains for the Harps.


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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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Stewartstown Vs Augher

The Power N.I. Tyrone Intermediate championship quarter finals got under way on Friday night in Healy Park with Stewartstown Harps taking on Augher. The Harps have been on a high the past few weeks following the opening of their clubrooms, their narrow first round championship victory over Gortin and then their youth team won the Ulster Óg Sport title only last weekend.

It was Augher though that made the brighter start taking a 1-01 to 0-00 lead after 5 minutes. But Stewartstown got onto the score board thanks to a goal from the penalty spot by Ryan Devlin and points from Gareth ‘Mannies’ Devlin to give them a 1-5 to 1-2 lead at half time.

The two sides continued to exchange points early in the second half until Stewartstown conceded a penalty in the 49th minute and when Liam Connolly netted from the spot, it gave Augher a slender 2-5 to 1-7 lead. However, this happened to be Augher’s last score of the night as Stewartstown’s Gareth Devlin, Anton Coyle and Peter Armour added further points to ensure went out 1-12 to 2-05 winners.

This game was a test for the Mullaghmoyle boys but one which they overcame comfortably in the end and they will be glad to be the first team through to the Intermediate Championship semi-finals.

Sean Hackett scored something of a wonder-goal in the opening 3 minutes of the game thanks to a wonderful solo display.

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Stewartstown Vs Gortin

On Sunday evening, I attended another Stewartstown GFC event for the second weekend running. Stewartstown Harps took on Gortin in the first round of the Power N.I. Tyrone Intermediate Championship in Errigal Ciaran’s home ground of Dunmoyle. This was the penultimate game of the weekend after four days of club championship football in a row in Tyrone, all of which I missed unfortunately due to holidays.

Stewartstown and Gortin met only 2 weeks previous to this in the league and Gortin came out comfortable winners by 9 points so the Harps knew this was not going to be an easy game and were hoping to carry on the euphoria from last weekend’s official pitch opening ceremony.

A drab enough first half saw both teams go in level at 1-05 to 0-08 but the game opened up a lot in the second half which were full of incidents. In a very high scoring game however, Stewartstown came out on top on a scoreline of  4-09 to 2-14. This performance from the Harps certainly had the X-Factor and they will be fancied to progress further following championship exits from Edendork, Clann na Gael and Aghyaran earlier this weekend.

Below are some images from the game.

Gortin's Ruairi Keenan makes a clean catch in midfield against Ed Laverty early in the first half.


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Opening of Stewartstown GAC New Facilities

At the weekend I did yet another favour for a close friend of mine and went to the opening of his club’s pitch and clubrooms…. after looking after him for 4 years in college, I have lost count of how many favours I’ve done for him now!! :-)

Stewartstown GAC, located in the rural area of Mullaghmoyle, officially opened their facilities with a whole weekend of events which culminated on Sunday evening when none other than GAA President, Christy Cooney, and our own Tyrone GAA county chairman, Ciaran Mc Laughlin, arrived to do the opening honours.

The weekend’s events were co-ordinated impeccably by a hard working committee and supported wonderfully by the local parish. Below are a few images from the weekend.

President of the GAA, Mr. Christy Cooney and Tyrone GAA County chairman, Mr. Ciaran Mc Laughlin officially open the Stewartstown Harps playing field and club rooms. Pictured with them is the club secretary Damien Mc Conville, club chairman Sean Gallagher and future Harps stars Padraig, Laura and Sean ӓg.

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