Galway Vs Tyrone

At the weekend, I took advantage of the St Patrick’s holiday and booked a weekend in Tuam obviously to tie in with Tyrone’s Division 2 away tie to Galway. A large number of Tyrone supporters also had the same idea and as expected the Tyrone support nearly equalled the Galway support in St Jarlath’s Stadium, Tuam.

This was a highly enjoyable game, unlike last weekend’s game against Westmeath. Everyone knew this was going to be Tyrone’s toughest test in Division 2 and this proved to be so as both sides traded point for point throughout the first half, Tyrone marginally scoring better with points from Kyle Coney, Owen Mulligan, Mark Donnelly, Cathal Mc Carron and Martin Penrose to lead at half time; Tyrone 0-07 Galway 0-05.

The second half was another close affair with some good football being ruined by Laois referee Eddie Kinsella who frustrated Tyrone and Galway players with his inconsistent refereeing and decision making. Goalkeeper for the day, Johnny Curran, pulled off two excellent saves in the opening 5 minutes of the half which so easily could have changed the tide of the game. However, Tyrone struck inspiration from this and another daring Peter Harte run into the Galway box saw him pulled down AGAIN and then convert the penalty. Another couple of wonderful scores from man of the match Kyle Coney and another from the left boot of Stephen O’Neill gave them a 1-10 to 0-07 lead.

The inconsistent performance of the referee and his lines men came to fruition again when an apparent off the ball incident between PJ Quinn and Galway marksman Pauric Joyce resulted in PJ receiving a red card to the anger of the Tyrone players and Mickey Harte. Another couple of scores from Owen Mulligan and captain for the game Sean Cavanagh meant that  Tyrone got a well deserved away victory in Tuam. Full Time score; Tyrone 1-14 Galway 0-13

 Tyrone; 1 Jonathan Curran 2 Aidan McCrory 3 Justin McMahon 4 PJ Quinn 5 Cathal McCarron 6 Peter Harte 7 Damian McCaul 8 Michael Murphy 9 Sean Cavanagh 10 Ronan McNabb 11 Mark Donnelly 12 Matthew Donnelly 13 Kyle Coney 14 Martin Penrose 15 Owen Mulligan

This is a very exciting time in Tyrone football at the minute…. this victory is Tyrone’s fifth in the National Football League and tenth in 2012. So out of 10 games in 2012, Tyrone have won 10…. can’t get better than that! Even more that though is the incredible drive and spirit in the Tyrone team that I haven’t seen in a few years, it is clear that every player is fighting to get onto the starting fifteen and they know that no place is guaranteed for anyone, right from position No.1 to position No.15. This is all combining into the excellent Tyrone performances we have seen this year and long may it continue.

A general view of St Jarlath's Stadium, Tuam on Sunday. Although the sun was splitting the sky before the game, a massive hail stone shower caught a lot of people unaware during the game.


The Tyrone team that lined out in Tuam, Co Galway on Sunday.



Matthew Donnelly leaps to the air to win the ball over Galway's Gary O'Donnell.


Justin Mc Mahon loses this battle in the air against Galway's Nicky Joyce.


Tyrone's Justin Mc Mahon collides with Galway's Nicky Joyce.



Cathal Mc Carron releases the ball ahead of his opponent during a heavy hail stone shower.


Matthew Donnelly collects the ball ahead of his opponent in very difficult conditions during a hail stone shower. Although it is very unpleasant to sit in, the photos that you get during a shower like this are very rewarding.


PJ Quinn and Matthew Donnelly join forces in this tackle.



Martin Penrose had to come off with an injury in the first half, hopefully it is nothing too serious.


Man of the match Kyle Coney scores from a tight angle.



Peter Harte scores Tyrone's second half penalty with little room to spare against Galway goalkeeper Adrian Faherty. Tyrone have been awarded a penalty in 4 of their 5 league games this year, Peter Harte scoring 3 out of 4!


Referee Eddie Kinsella sends PJ Quinn off in the second half.


A clearly angry Stephen O'Neill vents his frustration at Kinsella's decision making.


Stephen O'Neill loses his footing on the slippery surface.


Owen Mulligan put in another strong performance.


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