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Tyrone Vs Kerry – 2015 GAA All Ireland Semi Final

Tyrone made a gallant effort on Sunday when they were just edged out by the Kerry Kingdom in the All Ireland Semi Final in a rain drenched Croke Park, Dublin. There was a lot of build up to the match with suspension appeals from the Monaghan game taking more attention than the tactics both teams would be employing but at 3.30pm on Sunday that was all over as it was game time and no one could call what way the game was going to go.

Tyrone got off to a blistering start with points from Darren McCurry inside the first 2 minutes but Kerry responded to level things by the fourth minute. Connor McAliskey came close to scoring a goal only for a wonderful block down but Kerry then settled into the game with scores from Johnny Buckley, James O’Donoghue and one just before HT from Kieran Donaghy to leave them 0-08 to 0-07 up.

In the second half, Tyrone were starting to play catch up and as Kerry’s patient passing and build up frustrated Tyrone, they crept into a 4 point lead and the game seemed to be slipping away from Mickey Harte’s side. However second half sub Barry Tierney made an excellent run into the Kerry square and he was pulled down to give Tyrone a penalty, wonderfully converted by Peter Harte. The roar from the Red Hand support was deafening as the 3 time All Ireland champions were now only 1 point behind. Mark Bradley scored an excellent equallising point minutes later and Kerry looked shaken. In between the penalty, Tyrone created a couple of wonderful goal chances with Mark Bradley’s shot being denied by Breadan Kealy in the Kerry nets and Tiarnan McCann’s ground shot missing the target. Tyrone’s blood was up by this stage and captain Sean Cavanagh lead the revival. His pass found sub Padraig McNulty who again was muscled down onto the ground inside the Kerry square but Maurice Deegan awarded a free out this time and a yellow card to McNulty….surely a case of gross injustice there! This was a huge blow to the Tyrone psyche and Kerry scored the final 4 points of the game to seal another All Ireland final tie for them.

It was a case of so close but yet so far for Mickey Harte’s men……. definitely could have beat them by 4 points if they scored a second goal throughout the day or if one or two of those bad wides had went over but that’s football.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-11 Kerry 0-18

It has been a year of mixed fortunes and emotions for Tyrone…. winning the Dr McKenna Cup in January, a mediocre league campaign in the Spring, the U21 team winning an All Ireland title in May, to a battling defeat to Donegal in the first round of the USFC, a very slow, low-key build up in the All Ireland qualifiers during July, to a memorable AI QF win against Monaghan and finally last Sunday’s brave display against Kerry. Nothing to be ashamed about at all for the Red Hand county in 2015 and I am privileged to have snapped most of it!

Kieran Donaghy leads the Kerry team onto Croke Park.

Kieran Donaghy leads the Kerry team onto Croke Park.

 

Sean Cavanagh leads Tyrone onto Croker.

Sean Cavanagh leads Tyrone onto Croker.

 

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The Tyrone panel pose for the pre-match picture.

The Tyrone panel pose for the pre-match picture.

 

The Tyrone team warm up in pouring rain.

The Tyrone team warm up in pouring rain.

 

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Tyrone Vs Monaghan – 2015 GAA All Ireland Quarter Final

Tyrone performed a master class against Ulster champions Monaghan in the All Ireland Quarter Final on Saturday with a resounding 4 point win to secure a place in this year’s All Ireland semi final.

Played at a very high tempo throughout, Tyrone had their homework done on match favourites Monaghan and their strength in the defence proved to be the deciding factor with players like Ronan McNamee, Cathal McCarron, Joe and Justin McMahon keeping the Monaghan forwards, particularly Conor McManus, quiet for most of the day.

However it would be naive to single out Tyrone’s defence as their biggest strength on Saturday. Tyrone’s forwards of Sean Cavanagh, Darren McCurry and Connor McAliskey were in fantastic form too not only in some of the points they picked off but also in the way they pressurised and defended Monaghan’s kickouts, never letting any of the players build too much momentum.

Referee Marty Duffy certainly lost the run of the game in the closing 10 minutes and although Tyrone were 4-5 points ahead, the 6 minutes of additional time and Monaghan pushing for a goal resulted in a tense climax to the match. But when the final whistle did come in the 77th minute, the Tyrone support raised the roof.

Mickey Harte’s men now face Kerry in the All-Ireland semi final and they certainly have nothing to fear against them!

Full time score; Tyrone 0-18 Monaghan 0-14.

Midfield action from Croke Park.

Midfield action from Croke Park.

 

Mattie Donnelly gave another 5 star performance on Saturday afternoon.

Mattie Donnelly gave another 5 star performance on Saturday afternoon.

 

Darren McCurry point from a tight angle.

Darren McCurry point from a tight angle.

 

Sean Cavanagh gets ahead of Drew Wylie.

Sean Cavanagh gets ahead of Drew Wylie.

 

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Tyrone Vs Sligo – 2015 GAA All Ireland Qualifiers Round 4

Tyrone worked their way out of the back-door All Ireland qualifiers on Saturday with a comprehensive 0-21 t0 0-14 win over heavily defeated Connaught finalists Sligo on Saturday in Croke Park.

Fine performances from Darren McCurry, Peter Harte, Sean Cavanagh and Mark Bradley meant that the Red Hands took control of the game from the throw in and any chance of a slip up never looked like happening. Sligo will be disappointed with the number of chances they missed, particularly at the start of the second half when they hit a number of poor wides but Darren McCurry’s accuracy in front of the posts widened the gap to an unassailable lead. Mickey Harte may be disappointed that Tyrone didn’t hit the back of the net despite a couple of opportunities but it was another well deserved victory for his team and one which has added to their winning momentum.

Next up is a difficult challenge against Ulster champions Monaghan in the All Ireland quarter final and it is sure to prove a lot more challenging but not an impossible task.

Full time score; Tyrone 0-21 Sligo 0-14.

Peter Harte on the ball early for Tyrone.

Peter Harte on the ball early for Tyrone.

 

Sean Cavanagh is pulled down.

Sean Cavanagh is pulled down.

 

Darren McCurry strikes the ball over the bar.

Darren McCurry strikes the ball over the bar.

 

Connor McAliskey makes his way around his man.

Connor McAliskey makes his way around his man.

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Tyrone Vs Meath – 2015 GAA All Ireland Qualifiers 2B

Tyrone took a step closer to reaching the All-Ireland quarter finals on Saturday when they overcame Meath by 2 points in rainy Healy Park, Omagh.

Like their previous game against Limerick, it took Tyrone a long time to get up and going and if anyone was running 30 minutes late to Saturday’s game, they really wouldn’t have missed much. Meath alone did not record their first score to the 29th minute but they then followed it up with 3 more points in quick succession to leave the Royal men 0-04 to 0-03 up at HT.

The second half was better entertainment however. Tiarnan McCann and Darren McCurry came on for Richard Donnelly and Barry Tierney. McCann’s pace and direct running resulted in him being pulled down inside the square and Peter Harte converting the decisive penalty into the top corner. Mark Bradley and Ronan O’Neill also pointed for Tyrone to allow them to build up a lead but Meath, playing with the breeze, were never far behind. They could have scored a goal towards the end but thankfully the ball went wide and Tyrone secured a 2 point win and a place in Round 3 of the qualifiers next Saturday against Tipperary.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-10 Meath 0-11.

The Meath team pose for the team photo as Tyrone return back to the changing rooms.

The Meath team pose for the team photo as Tyrone return back to the changing rooms.

 

Ronan McNabb in action for Tyrone.

Ronan McNabb in action for Tyrone.

 

Michael McGoldrick removes a pitch invader from the field.

Michael McGoldrick removes a pitch invader from the field.

 

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Tyrone Vs Limerick – 2015 GAA All Ireland Qualifiers, Round 1

Tyrone progressed to the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers on Sunday afternoon in Healy Park with a 9 point win over Limerick that never looked in doubt at any stage of the game.

Played in a very pedestrian pace in the first half, Tyrone took an early lead with scores from Connor McAliskey, Mattie Donnelly and Sean Cavanagh but consistent hard work paid off for Limerick when they soon found their scoring boots and reduced the lead to 0-06 to 0-04 at HT, despite losing Cillian Fahy and Darragh Treacey to black cards.

Tyrone stepped up a gear in the second half and Limerick couldn’t find a response to it – fine play from Ronan O’Neill, Peter Harte, Aidan McCrory, Connor McAliskey and Mattie Donnelly resulted in some excellent scores. Limerick came close to scoring a goal but the only goal of the game came from the hand of Peter Harte just before the final whistle to give them a comfortable 9 point win in front of the 5000 strong crowd.

Tyrone will be on the road again very soon with stiffer opposition to compete against but this game went according to the script and that’s all that matters.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-14 Limerick 0-08.

Limerick made the long journey to Omagh on Sunday afternoon.

Limerick made the long journey to Omagh on Sunday afternoon.

 

The Tyrone team line out.

The Tyrone team line out.

 

Mickey Harte arrives out onto Healy Park.

Mickey Harte arrives out onto Healy Park.

 

Connor McAliskey's shot goes narrowly wide.

Connor McAliskey’s shot goes narrowly wide.

 

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Donegal Vs Tyrone – 2015 GAA Ulster Senior Football Championship, Preliminary Round

On Sunday, in Ulster’s opening round of the Senior Football Championship, Tyrone travelled to Ballybofey again to face old foes Donegal in an action packed game played with total conviction from both sides.

Tyrone made a few late changes before the throw in with U21 players Cathal McShane and Rory Brennan making their senior debuts following their success in Parnell Park 2 weeks ago. But it was Rory Gallagher’s side that made the better start, scoring 4 unanswered points in the opening 7 minutes. A well taken Darren McCurry goal though in the eighth minute though gave hope for Tyrone’s large travelling support and it was game on from there on in! Justin McMahon, Ronan McNamee, Sean Cavanagh and Mattie Donnelly all scored for Tyrone then to put them ahead 1-06 to 0-07 with HT approaching. However, loose marking in the Tyrone defence allowed Donegal’s Martin McElhinney to volley the ball into the net for Donegal’s only goal of the game.

After a bit of a handbag affair at the end of the half, the second half resumed and Tyrone continued to battle forward and cause the Donegal defence problems. Connor McAliskey scored 3 points from play to level the game 1-10 each in the 51st minute but that was to be Tyrone’s last score of the day. Michael Murphy struck a couple of huge frees for Donegal to give them a 3 point lead before Sean Cavanagh and Neil Gallagher got their marching orders. Tyrone tried to strike it lucky with a late goal but it never came and it was Rory Gallagher’s side who made it 5 championship wins for Donegal in the last 5 meetings with Mickey Harte’s side.

Full time score; Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-10

It’s back to the road for Tyrone now in a few weeks time, hopefully they can carry on the momentum and energy from this game to the first round of All-Ireland qualifiers.

Mickey Harte made a welcome reappearance back to his managerial duties.

Mickey Harte made a welcome reappearance back to his managerial duties.

 

Richard Donnelly was a late inclusion into the Tyrone senior team this year.

Richard Donnelly was a late inclusion into the Tyrone senior team this year.

 

Mickey O'Neill wore the No.1 jersey for his senior championship debut.

Mickey O’Neill wore the No.1 jersey for his senior championship debut.

 

Darren McCurry puts the ball into the Donegal net.

Darren McCurry puts the ball into the Donegal net.

 

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Donegal Vs Tyrone – 2015 GAA Ulster Minor Football Championship, Preliminary Round

The Tyrone minor team gave a valiant performance against a strong young Donegal side in Sunday’s curtain raiser in Ballybofey.

For the opening 35 minutes, Mickey Donnelly’s side were the better side and they gave the home side plenty to worry about. Despite conceding an early goal to Donegal’s Conor Doherty, Tyrone’s Fintan McClure and Conan McLernon responded with scores to level the game at HT as conditions in Ballybofey worsened. Unfortunately, that is where the Tyrone scores ended as Declan Bonner’s side held them scoreless in the second half, often defending and attacking in numbers which Tyrone couldn’t compete with.

Donegal were deserved winners on the day and they look like a side who could lift the Ulster title in 2 months time. Hard luck to the Tyrone minors, a side that will no doubt return stronger in 2016.

Full time score; Donegal 1-11 Tyrone 0-08.

The Tyrone minor team line out in Ballybofey.

The Tyrone minor team line out in Ballybofey.

 

Former Tyrone senior player Brian McGuigan.

Former Tyrone senior player Brian McGuigan.

 

Ricey McMenamin pictured before the game.

Ricey McMenamin pictured before the game.

 

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Tyrone Vs Tipperary – 2015 GAA U21 All Ireland Final

Tyrone U21’s achieved one of the most important feats of the past 7 years for the county when they lifted the Clarke Cup over a determined and hungry Tipperary side in Parnell Park, Dublin on Saturday night.

It has been widely publicised how the Tyrone U21 side has under-performed in Ulster over the last number of years and this All-Ireland success will certainly be a massive boast to the county’s morale as a whole, especially 2 weeks before the senior’s opening championship fixture against Donegal.

Played in cold and wet conditions on Saturday night, it was Tipperary who started the strongest while in the other end of the field Tyrone’s wide count was starting to accumulate. Mark Bradley and Michael Cassidy scored the first couple of points for Fergal Logan’s side and Danny McNulty added with a free before the break but it was the Munster champions who proved to be the better team in the first half going in 0-07 to 0-05 up at HT.

Two serious medical incidents in the crowd during the break caused the game to be delayed for at least 50 minutes before play could be resumed again. This extended break in play perhaps worked to Tyrone’s advantage as they regrouped and refocused and came out stronger. Ruairi McGlone’s inclusion into the forward line created a much more direct and attacking approach to Tyrone’s play allowing Lee Brennan to score the subsequent free kicks to level the game 0-08 apiece. The all important score came soon after when Mark Kavanagh’s ball found Cathal McShane who coolly converted the ball into the back of the net for the decisive goal. This time it was Tipperary who were guilty of missing some easy scoring chances but despite cutting the margin down to one point, they couldn’t find that equaliser in a nail biting 4 minutes of added time.

Despite the sending off of Michael Cassidy during added time, Fergal Logan, Brian Dooher and Peter Canavan’s side held on for the historic win. Well done to them!

Full time score; Tyrone 1-11 Tipperary 0-13.

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The 2015 U21 All-Ireland champions!

The 2015 U21 All-Ireland champions!

 

Tyrone captain Kieran McGeary lifts the Clarke Cup.

Tyrone captain Kieran McGeary lifts the Clarke Cup.

 

Tyrone U21 manager Fergal Logan.

Tyrone U21 manager Fergal Logan.

 

Lee Brennan looks for options

Lee Brennan looks for options

 

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Tyrone Vs Kerry – 2015 GAA NFL Division 1

A couple of weeks ago now (I’m a bit behind in updating my blog here), Tyrone took on Kerry in the final league game of the year in Healy Park, Omagh – it was a must win game for Mickey Harte’s team but in a rare occurrence, Mickey wasn’t at this game due to recovering from a minor medical procedure.

Tony Donnelly took over the reins with Gavin Devlin for the Easter Sunday game but unfortunately even though Tyrone threw everything bar the kitchen sink into the game, they could only pull off a draw which wasn’t enough and means they will be playing Division 2 football in 2016.

Full time score; Tyrone 0-17 Kerry 1-14.

Below are my pics from the match.

The Tyrone senior team.

The Tyrone senior team.

 

The Kerry senior team pictured in Omagh.

The Kerry senior team pictured in Omagh.

 

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Sean Cavanagh and Kieran Donaghy with referee Joe McQuillan.

Sean Cavanagh and Kieran Donaghy with referee Joe McQuillan.

 

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Monaghan Vs Tyrone – 2015 GAA NHL Division 3A Final

Tyrone senior hurlers finished off a brilliant league campaign in 2015 by winning the Division 3A title, beating neighbours Monaghan in a close game in Keady on Saturday.

Mattie Lennon’s side first played Monaghan back in February, a contest which ended in a draw, and this game could have went either way too. Tyrone were slow to get started in the game and their first point didn’t come until the 11th minute. But they soon found their feet and further scores followed. Damien Casey did miss a first half penalty but the Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh man converted plenty of long range points to allow them go in at the break ahead.

Tyrone pulled further ahead in the second half with scores from Mark Winters, Justin Kelly and more from Casey to seal the result for Mattie Lennon and Dave Kennedy’s players…… a fantastic result for our hurlers. bringing home silverware for the second year in a row.

Full time score; Tyrone 0-18 Monaghan 1-11

Below are my photos from the game.

Tyrone hurling captain Damien Casey.

Tyrone hurling captain Damien Casey.

 

The Tyrone team line out in Keady.

The Tyrone team line out in Keady.

 

The Monaghan senior hurling team.

The Monaghan senior hurling team.

 

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