Derrytresk Vs Killeeshil

The Power N.I. Junior Championship final took place at Healy Park, Omagh on Sunday between Division 3 league champions Killeeshil and Derrytresk. I hadn’t seen Derrytresk all year before this but I heard that they were a formidable team and after knocking out Dungannon Clarkes earlier in the year, they were serious contenders. A lot of pundits fancied them too after teamtalkmag.com held a straw-poll last week … out of the 16 Tyrone GAA ‘experts’ that were asked across the county, an amazing 15 went for Derrytresk to lift the Junior Cup!

It was a lovely clear day for Sunday’s game and Healy Park was in perfect condition for the first of the two games. ¬†From the very outset, Derrytresk’s passing and control of the ball was first class and you could tell that Killeeshil were slightly overcome with how organised and slick Derrytresk were in moving the ball forward and rarely giving it away.

Derrytresk went 3 points up in the opening 10 minutes but Killeeshil had their chance to equalise when Aaron Mc Kenna was brought down in the square… however Packie Mc Mullan’s penalty was saved and Mickey Rea and Niall Gavin added more points for Derrytresk leaving them 0-07 to 0-03 up at half time.

Killeeshil knew they failed to show up in the first half and they started reasonably brightly in the second half with Gary Reilly and Shane Mallon adding scores cutting the deficit to 3 points again. Killeeshil tried to move forward in search for a goal but The Hill’s full back and half-back line continued to clean up possession and move it out of danger. The clock ticked down however and further points were added by Niall Gavin to conclude the game on a final scoreline of 0-15 to 0-09.

Derrytresk fully merited the title and it was a great achievement for the club who picked up their first piece of silverware in over 50 years.

Killeeshil and Derrytresk captains, Kieran Magill and Cathal O'Neill, shake hands for the pre-match photo.

 

Rory Mc Cann tries to move the ball forward for Killeeshil.

Packie Mc Mullan in action against Derrytresk's Jay Dillon.

 

Packie Mc Mullan's penalty was wonderfully saved by goalie Aidan Quinn.

 

Aaron Mc Kenna stretches to claim a high lobbed ball in around the Derrytresk square in the first half.

 

Rory Mc Cann holds onto the ball in this ground battle. The shutter speed for this shot was 1/2000 which you can see with the lumps of grass freezing in mid-air during the clash.

 

John Mc Mullan soars in the air to collect the ball.

 

Mickey Rea strikes for a goal for Derrytresk but narrowly misses.

 

Niall Gavin scored 8 points for The Hill boys to secure the Junior Championship title.

 

The Derrytresk bench erupts at sound of the full-time whistle.

 

Derrytresk manager Paul Canavan cheers for the camera... one of my favourite photos from the game.

 

Kevin Campbell in a state of shock at the final whistle.

 

Derrytresk captain Cathal O'Neill lifts the Junior Cup. The emotion is clear on all their faces.

 

The entire Derrytresk panel celebrate... to say getting all the players together for this photo was difficult is an understatement with many journalists looking to interview the boys.

 

Derrytresk went 3 points up in the opening 10 minutes but Killeeshil had their chance to equalise when Aaron Mc Kenna was brought down in the square… however Packie Mc Mullan’s penalty was saved and Mickey Rea and Niall Gavin added more points for Derrytresk leaving them 0-07 to 0-03 up at half time.

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  1. Posted 03/11/2011 at 1:19 am by Aidan Quinn | Permalink

    Damien great job, only seeing these now. is there any chance we could get a copy of the photos? not often we get our picture took lol cheers

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