Dromore Vs Killyclogher – 2012 Tyrone GAA Senior Championship, Semi Final (Replay)

Dromore and Errigal Ciaran will contend the 2012 Tyrone Senior championship final on Sunday 7th October after the St Dympna’s side defeated Killyclogher in the replay of last week’s drawn semi-final tie.

In front of a smaller crowd that last Friday night, but still in the range of 1500-2000 people, Dromore started the game with all guns blazing and after 30 seconds, Niall Sludden opened the scoring with a point. Further points followed from Paddy Montague and Emmett O’Neill and then Ronan Mc Nabb struck the ball into the bottom corner of the Killyclogher net to leave them 1-03 to 0-01 up after 18 minutes….. they already scored more in this opening spell than the entire 60 minutes of last Friday night’s game. The wet, heavy conditions in Healy Park did affect the flow of the game at times and the pace soon slowed down after this and at HT the scoreboard read; Dromore 1-04 Killyclogher 0-02.

The St Mary’s side started brightly in the second half and got a couple of points but after an unlucky rebound off the Killyclogher’s posts midway through the half, Paddy Montague was able to tap the ball into the net for a second Dromore goal which killed the game off. Killyclogher dropped a few balls in around the square at the end but Dromore’s dominant defence combined with confident goalkeeping from Peter Ward ensured they didn’t concede any goals.

Full time score; Dromore 2-06 Killyclogher 0-06

The Tyrone Senior Championship final this year is sure to be an interesting one…. very few people would have predicted that Errigal Ciaran would have made their first Tyrone county final since 2006 this year but they certainly deserve it as they have probably had one of the toughest paths to the final overcoming Moortown, Omagh and then Carrickmore. This team might not contain many faces from the last 2006 championship winning side but Ronan Mc Guckin will certainly have his homework done and this young Errigal Ciaran side are definitely huge underdogs and cannot be ruled out of pipping Dromore.

Dromore on the other hand are hoping to win their fourth senior championship final in as many years following their success in 2007, 2009 and 2011. They are probably the strongest team in Tyrone at the minute and they are a championship side but weren’t really tested this year until last Friday night’s semi-final tie when Killyclogher frustrated them and they could only score 5 points in 60 minutes. Aside from this game, they strolled past Eglish and Ardboe in earlier rounds of the championship before dispensing of Killyclogher in the semi-final replay.

I think Dromore will edge Errigal this year but I’m definitely not an analyst or commentator, it’s just my opinion….. I’ll leave that debate to the pros and I’ll concentrate on taking good photos!

Dromore St Dympnas played in their reserve jersey on Friday night.

 

Killyclogher St Mary’s stand united during the national anthem.

 

Sean O’Neill is pursued by Killyclogher’s Martin Swift who arrived home from Australia during the week.

 

Colm Mc Cullagh takes advantage of a grounded Killyclogher player.

 

 

 

Niall Sludden takes his solo.

 

Eoin Mc Cusker closes in on the Killyclogher nets from the right side.

 

Ronan Mc Nabb celebrates his goal for Dromore.

 

Ryan Mc Menamin lines up a shot for Dromore.

 

Eoin Mc Cusker is taken down during an attack.

 

 

Cathal Mc Carron shoots for Dromore.

 

 

 

Leo Meenan gets into a scoring position for Killyclogher.

 

 

 

Ryan Mc Aleer pulls away from Fabian O’Neill.

 

Killyclogher’s Ryan Mc Aleer fights off the challenge.

 

 

 

Leo Meenan takes the challenge from Paddy Montague and Hugh Mc Nulty.

 

Tiarnan Mc Cann drives the ball forward for Killyclogher ahead of Emmett O’Neill.

 

Dromore goalkeeper Peter Ward punches a late ball into the square to safety.

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