Errigal Ciaran Vs Dromore – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, First Round

Errigal Ciaran and Dromore met again on Sunday night’s first round game in a repeat of last year’s Tyrone SFC championship final. A huge crowd turned out in Carrickmore for the clash of the titans and those who braved the dark, wet and windy conditions were rewarded with a great battle.

Right from the very start both teams gave it their all, and although a weaker side on paper following the retirement earlier this year of Enda Mc Ginley, it was Errigal Ciaran who took an early 2 point lead in the game. Dromore then got onto the score board but although the scores were at a premium, there was plenty of action on the field to keep the crowd entertained and on their toes. At HT it was Errigal who took a 0-04 to 0-03 lead in with them.

Conditions worsened very quickly across Carrickmore in the second half and with no floodlights available, it made it very difficult to see the play on the field. In order to get any sort of decent photos on my camera I had to increase the ISO to 4000 to achieve a shutter speed of 1/320 (a setting I have never had to go up to in over 4 years of shooting GAA – it was that bad!) The poor light didn’t keep Dromore’s Eoin Mc Cusker finding where the posts where though and with a few minutes remaining, it was Dromore who took a 0-06 to 0-07 lead. As things on the field got even hotter, a well cool and composed Errigal move resulted in experienced midfielder Cormac Mc Ginley firing over the equaliser and that’s how it ended….. until the replay this Saturday anyway! A great game of football….. one of the best in this year’s Tyrone club championship.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 0-07 Dromore 0-07.

The Dromore St Dympnas senior team.

The Dromore St Dympnas senior team.

 

The Errigal Ciaran senior team.

The Errigal Ciaran senior team.

 

Both teams get stuck in seconds after the throw in.

Both teams get stuck in seconds after the throw in.

 

Peter Harte strikes for a point for Errigal.

Peter Harte strikes for a point for Errigal.

 

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Fabian O'Neill clears the ball in the Dromore defence.

Fabian O’Neill clears the ball in the Dromore defence.

 

Paul Quinn is held off the ball.

Paul Quinn is held off the ball.

 

Ciaran Mc Ginley in action for Errigal Ciaran.

Ciaran Mc Ginley in action for Errigal Ciaran.

 

Errigal senior championship debutant  Mark Kavanagh shoots for a point.

Errigal senior championship debutant Mark Kavanagh shoots for a point.

 

Stefan Tierney clears the ball away from Cathal Mc Carron.

Steafan Tierney clears the ball away from Cathal Mc Carron.

 

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Cormac Mc Ginley scored the decisive equaliser on Sunday.

Cormac Mc Ginley scored the decisive equaliser on Sunday.

 

Dromore goalkeeper Peter Ward gets a knock on the head.

Dromore goalkeeper Peter Ward gets a knock on the head.

 

Ruairi Sludden makes a run for Dromore.

Ruairi Sludden makes a run for Dromore.

 

Ronan McGuckin urges on his players.

Ronan McGuckin urges on his players.

 

Errigal Ciaran players surround Mickey Garry.

Errigal Ciaran players surround Mickey Garry.

 

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Eoin Mc Cusker breaks free from Stefan Tierney and Aidan McCrory.

Eoin Mc Cusker breaks free from Stefan Tierney and Aidan McCrory.

 

Rain and wind arrives to Carrickmore.

Rain and wind arrives to Carrickmore.

 

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Eoin Mc Cusker is stopped in his tracks.

Eoin Mc Cusker is stopped in his tracks.

 

The scoreboard says it all at the end of the game.

The scoreboard says it all at the end of the game.

 

Errigal Ciaran manager Ronan McGuckin collects his thoughts at the end of the game.

Errigal Ciaran manager Ronan McGuckin collects his thoughts at the end of the drawn game.

 

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