Cookstown Vs Eskra – 2012 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Championship Final

The 2012 Tyrone Intermediate championship final between Cookstown Fr Rocks and Eskra Emmetts ended all square on Sunday in Omagh on the low scoreline of 0-05 apiece.

It wasn’t the entertaining game that everyone expected and it couldn’t have been more different than the Junior final which took place before it. Cloudy, dull conditions covered Healy Park with frequent heavy showers falling and the quality of football on the field wasn’t  much better than the weather, at least in the first half. A crowd of approx 2500 approx had little to cheer about in the opening 30 minutes with 3 out of the 4 Cookstown points coming from free kicks whereas Eskra could only score 1 point from Shane Hackett. HT; Cookstown 0-04 Eskra 0-01.

Eskra came out much the brighter in the second half and looked as if they wanted to win the game more than Cookstown. Eskra won some good ball in midfield thanks to their midfielders Eoin Mc Caffrey and Rory Marlow and this created a constant supply to their half forward and full forward line. However, they were often pushed out wide and put under a lot of pressure in the final third by the Cookstown defence resulting in numerous Eskra wides. Luck prevailed momentarily mid way through the half when Ryan Gartland was pulled down in the box by goalkeeper Marty Rea when a goal looked to be certain. However, Peter Hughes spot kick was saved by Rea. Eskra reduced the deficit following points from Paul Meegan, Gartland and Hughes while Owen Mulligan registered Fr Rocks first and only point of the half. Cormac Arkinson scored the equalising point for Eskra but despite a couple more scoreable chances, they couldn’t find the elusive winning point and referee Fergal Daly blew the final whistle.

 Full time score; Cookstown 0-05 Eskra 0-05.

The replay will take place again on Friday night in Healy Park….. whether Eskra will come as close again to winning the Intermediate Championship is hard to say, they kept a lot of Cookstown’s key men scoreless from play and looked like a side with a working game plan – if only one of their sixteen wides went over then they would be playing senior football next year. Then again I haven’t seen Cookstown play as poorly as they did on Sunday…. were they just complacent following their league success or were they a team that were genuinely frustrated by what Eskra threw at them? All these questions will be answered on Friday night.



Referee Fergal Daly with captain Owen Mulligan and Mattie Turbitt.


Cookstown and Eskra take part in the pre-match parade.






Ryan Pickering attacks for Cookstown.


Jason Quinn in action for Cookstown.


Conor Mullan pops a shot despite the tackle from Peter Hughes.




Midfield action from Sunday’s drawn game.


James Mc Gahan and Niall Mc Ginn reach for the loose ball.






Owen Mulligan and Adrian Scullion get into a brief scuffle on the ground.


Eskra’s Paul Marlow shoots in the second half.


Ryan Gartland is pulled down by Marty Rea inside the box.




A penalty was then awarded.


Peter Hughes’ penalty kick was at a nice height for Marty Rea.


Eskra’s Ryan Gartland shoots from a narrow angle.


Shane Hackett in action for Eskra.




Eoin Mc Caffrey leaps to the air for Eskra.


Eskra’s full back Adrian Scullion.


Cormac Arkinson scores Eskra’s equaliser.


Shane Hackett and Marty Murray in action for Eskra and Cookstown.




Frustration at the final whistle for Eskra’s Joe Mc Carroll.


Cookstown manager John Mc Keever leaves the field at the end of the stalemate.



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