Kildress Vs Galbally

During the days and hours leading up to Sunday’s Tyrone Intermediate championship final, there were a lot of conversations, tweets and Facebook status debates as to who would win this game…. the people of Tyrone were divided, including my own opinion. One thing for certain though was that it was going to be a close one… and it was!

A huge autumn shower of rain fell for the start of Sunday’s final in Omagh and many people fled the terraces to go under the stands. The opening 20 minutes was an entertaining affair with Michael Murphy and Paul Rafferty getting on the scoresheet for Galbally, giving them a 0-05 to 0-02. This was short lived as Frank Mc Gurk and Des Tracey returned scores for Kildress levelling the scoreboard at 0-05 each at half. To make things worse, Galbally lost Terry Donnelly due to two yellow cards.

Galbally got the best start to the second half that they ever want with Declan Murphy hitting a point followed by a goal from captain Mickey Murphy (who was suspended from the game up until Thursday night when his semi-final red card was overturned by the Ulster Council). Galbally 1-07 Kildress 0-07.

But the newspapers couldn’t write their headlines just yet! Fran Loughran and Frank Mc Gurk got points for the Wolfe Tones before full-forward Damien Kelly scored a goal into the bottom corner of the net to put Kildress 1-10 to 1-07 ahead… what a turn around. From that point on, Galbally could never catch up again and they were starting to feel the effect of playing 14 men against 15.

Kildress scored a couple more late points to secure the Tyrone Intermediate championship title for 2011. It was a great game of football played in a sporting manner and referred superbly by Aghaloo’s Jerome Mc Elroy…. the game was a great advertisement for Tyrone GAA.

Here are some of my best photos from the game.

Match referee Jerome Mc Elroy holds the specially made 2011 Tyrone Intermediate Championship ball as Kildress captain Des Tracey and Galbally's Mickey Murphy shake hands.


Kildress Wolfe Tones stand together for Amhrán na bhFiann.


Galbally Pearses pictured during the minute's silence.

Aidan Mc Cann gets a grip of Kildress's Matthew Heagney.


Peter Hagan is encircled by Galbally players during the shower of rain.


Damian Kelly tries to sidestep Galbally's Blaine Nugent.


Damian Kelly hooks over a point for Kildress. This is one of my favourite photos of the day - although heavy rain isn't nice to photograph in, the results you get from it with a fast shutter speed it rewarding as it freezes the rain as it falls or the water coming from the player's boot.


Jerome Mc Elroy gives Galbally's Terry Donnelly his marching orders in the first half... a real turning point in the game.


Kildess's Philip Mc Kenna tussles for possession with Declan Murphy.


Mickey Murphy calmly kicks the ball low and into the back of the Kildress net, and inset, celebrates with Declan Murphy. There was now a strong sunshine coming across Healy Park giving a little flare to the photos which was nice.


Kieron Mc Crory leaps to collect the ball in midfield.


Galbally Pearses try to move the ball up the field for a second goal.


The Kildress subs and backroom team go crazy at the final whistle. I was a little nervous standing here to get this photo as a friend compared it to standing in front of a herd of cattle running onto a field but it paid off, without injury, thankfully!


Peter Hagan gave me this shot too as he ran past!


Des Tracey lifts the Tyrone Intermediate championship cup.


The Wolfe Tones celebrate their Tyrone Intermediate champions status.



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One Comment

  1. Posted 18/10/2011 at 2:58 pm by Enya Goodwin | Permalink

    Congrats to kildress seniors.. Hope they do well in the ulster championship on the 30th of october…….
    Kildress will go all the away to the ulster final….

    Good Luck and all the best…..

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