Derrytresk Vs Cremartin

Derrytresk topped their recent Tyrone Junior Championship success just over a month ago by becoming the 2011 Ulster Junior football champions at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Sunday. Derrytresk followed the footsteps of Rock GFC and Greencastle GFC to become the third Tyrone team in recent years to lift the Paul Kerr Cup. This is an incredible achievement for “Tyrone’s smallest gaelic football club” and now they are only two games away from becoming the All-Ireland junior football champions!

Conditions in Athletic Grounds were almost perfect and although there was a slight chill in the air, it was a sunny and pleasant afternoon for an afternoon of football.

The first half was generally a poor game of football with both team’s passing leaving a lot to be desired. Derrytresk found it difficult to get into a flow and were guilty of some poor kicking in front of the posts. Cremartin took advantage of this and after 25 minutes went 0-04 to 0-02 ahead. However, the tide turned for Derrytresk at the end of the half when Caolan Corr slotted the ball into the corner of the net to leave it level. At the end of the 30 minutes, referee Gregory Walsh sent off Cremartin’s Neil Flanagan following a double booking.

The second half was similar to the first…. Derrytresk went through a lengthy 10 minute spell when they kicked numerous scoreable frees wide while Cremartin converted the chances they had to go ahead by 2 points after 50 minutes. But just like the first half, a sensational solo effort from Mickey Rea resulted in him curling the ball around the Cremartin goalkeeper to put Derrytresk 1 point ahead. Niall Galvin added another point and the boys from ‘the Hill’ managed to hold their nerves in injury time for a slender 2-05 to 0-10 win.

Most will agree that it wasn’t Derrytresk’s finest 60 minutes of football of the year but that doesn’t matter as they are now the Ulster Junior champions of 2011!


Derrytresk line out on a sunny afternoon in Morgan Athletic Grounds, Armagh.


Kevin Quinn challenges for the ball early in the game.



Cremartin's Liam Mc Vicar collects the aerial ball ahead of Derrytresk's Sean Slater.


Cremartin's Darren Bishop's progress is prohibited by Cathal O'Neill.


Derrytresk's first goal scorer, Caolan Corr, gets himself into a tight spot.


The Cremartin defence and goalkeeper scramble the ball away from the goal line after Ronan O'Neill's shot.


Michael Rea and Cremartin's Patrick Mc Guigan contest for the ball.


Michael Rea drives towards the goals in the second half (inset) and then seconds later curls the ball past goalkeeper Damien Lavelle. Unfortunately the Cremartin No.5 ran into my line of sight as Mickey took the match winning goal (in the main photo) and completely blocked him out but these things happen (Doh!)


Mickey Rea celebrates his goal which Derrytresk desperately needed


Niall Galvin moves the ball up the field in the last 10 minutes of the game.


Conor O'Neill holds on tight to the ball.


Captain Cathal O'Neill celebrates with a supporter after the final whistle.


Cathal O'Neill lifts the Paul Kerr Cup as Derrytresk are crowned the Ulster Junior football champions of 2011.


They weren't long making this banner!!


The Derrytresk panel celebrate in the changing rooms.



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