Trillick Vs Killyclogher – 2015 Tyrone GAA Senior Final

Trillick St Macartans achieved the near impossible on Sunday when they lifted the O’Neill Cup in front of 8000 people in Healy Park, Omagh. A tremendous feat given that exactly 12 months ago they were heavily defeated by the less fancied side in the Tyrone IFC final and this season was their first year back in senior football.

Trillick got off to a dream start when only 15 seconds into the game, Ruairi Brennan set up Lee Brennan for the only goal of the game. However Killyclogher soon got into the game and responded with points from Conall McCann and Mark Bradley to take a one point lead in at HT. The second half was similar to the first – lots of slow, patient build up play, especially from Trillick, ensuring they never gave the ball away. Killyclogher did equalise with 3 minutes left on the clock but just as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Lee Brennan was fouled and he converted the winning free kick to send the red and white crowd into ecstasy.

It was a great game between two great teams and played in a real sporting manner which was a delight. Well done to Trillick.

Full time score; Trillick 0-09 Killyclogher 0-08.

Below are my best selection of photos from the game which I am very happy with considering the very very sunny conditions for photography (but it was lovely to sit in!) Any enquires, please forward them to dmca.photos@gmail.com 

Trillick - 2015 Tyrone Senior champions.

Trillick St Macartans – 2015 Tyrone Senior champions.

 

The Killyclogher St Mary's senior team.

The Killyclogher St Mary’s senior team.

 

The Trillick senior team.

The Trillick senior team.

 

Match officials for Sunday.

Match officials for Sunday.

 

Team captains Leo Meenan and Mattie Donnelly with referee Jerome McElroy.

Team captains Leo Meenan and Mattie Donnelly with referee Jerome McElroy.

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Edendork Vs Urney – 2015 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Final

Edendork made a little bit of history on Sunday when they lifted the Paddy Cullen Cup and became the Tyrone IFC champions, beating Urney by a single goal in an entertaining game of football.

Two goals from either half from Edendork’s Darren McCurry and Harry Og Conlon were key to their win but Urney pushed them all the way with stand out performances from Johnny Lafferty, Ronan Lafferty and Jamie McAleer. However, late points from Christopher McCurry and Conor Mallon secured the Dork win and their first Intermediate championship success in 30 years. Well done to them.

Full time score; Edendork 2-12 Urney 1-12

Below are my photos from the game.

 

Edendork - 2015 Tyrone Intermediate Champions.

Edendork – 2015 Tyrone Intermediate Champions.

 

Urney line out in Healy Park.

Urney line out in Healy Park.

 

Edendork senior team line out.

Edendork senior team line out.

 

Johnny Lafferty attacks early on for Urney.

Johnny Lafferty attacks early on for Urney.

 

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Brackaville Vs Aghaloo – 2015 Tyrone GAA Junior Championship Final

Brackaville were crowned the Junior champions of Tyrone on Sunday in a repeat of the 2012 Tyrone JFC final. My own parish of Aghaloo picked up the Division 3 league title just last week and were favourites to ‘do the double’ on Sunday but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

To be fair, neither team performed to their best and there were numerous wides from both sides throughout the game. Brackaville went in 0-05 to 0-03 up at the break despite having 10 wides but the same fate met Aghaloo in the second half, as they too shot 10 wides with the breeze. While a draw looked to be on in the closing minutes of the game, Paul Feeney’s side couldn’t get the ball over the bar as the Brackaville players swamped their own half.

Both sides would probably agree that a draw would have been a fair result on the day as there was little between them but it was Brackaville who sealed the win and lifted the cup.

Full time score; Brackaville 0-09 Aghaloo 0-08.

Brackaville - 2015 Tyrone junior champions.

Brackaville – 2015 Tyrone junior champions.

 

The Aghaloo team line out in Healy Park.

The Aghaloo team line out in Healy Park.

 

Team captains Brian McKenna and Sean McNally with referee Simon Brady.

Team captains Brian McKenna and Sean McNally with referee Simon Brady.

 

The Aghaloo management.

The Aghaloo management.

 

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Trillick Vs Coalisland – 2015 Tyrone GAA SFC, Semi Final

Trillick became the second time to book their place in this year’s Tyrone SFC final after a comprehensive win over Coalisland in Pomeroy on Sunday evening. It was a very impressive performance from the Trillick players with their county men really leading from the front.

This will be their second championship final in 12 months after reaching the Intermediate final last October which is quite a feat.

Full time score; Trillick 0-13 Coalisland 0-05.

 

The Trillick team before the throw in.

The Trillick team before the throw in.

 

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Killyclogher Vs Dromore – 2015 Tyrone GAA SFC, Semi Final

In the second game of the double header last Friday night, Killyclogher toppled favourites Dromore in the semi final of the Tyrone SFC…. it was a great game of football with Dromore nearly overturning Killyclogher’s five point and 2 man advantage at HT to nealry level the game at the stroke of full time but it wasn’t to be.

Full time score; Killyclogher 0-13 Dromore 0-12

 

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Edendork Vs Cookstown Fr Rocks – 2015 Tyrone IFC Semi Final

Edendork booked their place in this year’s Tyrone IFC Final after defeating Cookstown Fr Rocks in the semi final replay last Friday night in Healy Park, Omagh. Here are a few photos from the game.

Full time score; Edendork 1-13 Cookstown 2-07

 

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Tyrone Vs Kerry – 2015 GAA All Ireland Semi Final

Tyrone made a gallant effort on Sunday when they were just edged out by the Kerry Kingdom in the All Ireland Semi Final in a rain drenched Croke Park, Dublin. There was a lot of build up to the match with suspension appeals from the Monaghan game taking more attention than the tactics both teams would be employing but at 3.30pm on Sunday that was all over as it was game time and no one could call what way the game was going to go.

Tyrone got off to a blistering start with points from Darren McCurry inside the first 2 minutes but Kerry responded to level things by the fourth minute. Connor McAliskey came close to scoring a goal only for a wonderful block down but Kerry then settled into the game with scores from Johnny Buckley, James O’Donoghue and one just before HT from Kieran Donaghy to leave them 0-08 to 0-07 up.

In the second half, Tyrone were starting to play catch up and as Kerry’s patient passing and build up frustrated Tyrone, they crept into a 4 point lead and the game seemed to be slipping away from Mickey Harte’s side. However second half sub Barry Tierney made an excellent run into the Kerry square and he was pulled down to give Tyrone a penalty, wonderfully converted by Peter Harte. The roar from the Red Hand support was deafening as the 3 time All Ireland champions were now only 1 point behind. Mark Bradley scored an excellent equallising point minutes later and Kerry looked shaken. In between the penalty, Tyrone created a couple of wonderful goal chances with Mark Bradley’s shot being denied by Breadan Kealy in the Kerry nets and Tiarnan McCann’s ground shot missing the target. Tyrone’s blood was up by this stage and captain Sean Cavanagh lead the revival. His pass found sub Padraig McNulty who again was muscled down onto the ground inside the Kerry square but Maurice Deegan awarded a free out this time and a yellow card to McNulty….surely a case of gross injustice there! This was a huge blow to the Tyrone psyche and Kerry scored the final 4 points of the game to seal another All Ireland final tie for them.

It was a case of so close but yet so far for Mickey Harte’s men……. definitely could have beat them by 4 points if they scored a second goal throughout the day or if one or two of those bad wides had went over but that’s football.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-11 Kerry 0-18

It has been a year of mixed fortunes and emotions for Tyrone…. winning the Dr McKenna Cup in January, a mediocre league campaign in the Spring, the U21 team winning an All Ireland title in May, to a battling defeat to Donegal in the first round of the USFC, a very slow, low-key build up in the All Ireland qualifiers during July, to a memorable AI QF win against Monaghan and finally last Sunday’s brave display against Kerry. Nothing to be ashamed about at all for the Red Hand county in 2015 and I am privileged to have snapped most of it!

Kieran Donaghy leads the Kerry team onto Croke Park.

Kieran Donaghy leads the Kerry team onto Croke Park.

 

Sean Cavanagh leads Tyrone onto Croker.

Sean Cavanagh leads Tyrone onto Croker.

 

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The Tyrone panel pose for the pre-match picture.

The Tyrone panel pose for the pre-match picture.

 

The Tyrone team warm up in pouring rain.

The Tyrone team warm up in pouring rain.

 

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Tyrone Vs Monaghan – 2015 GAA All Ireland Quarter Final

Tyrone performed a master class against Ulster champions Monaghan in the All Ireland Quarter Final on Saturday with a resounding 4 point win to secure a place in this year’s All Ireland semi final.

Played at a very high tempo throughout, Tyrone had their homework done on match favourites Monaghan and their strength in the defence proved to be the deciding factor with players like Ronan McNamee, Cathal McCarron, Joe and Justin McMahon keeping the Monaghan forwards, particularly Conor McManus, quiet for most of the day.

However it would be naive to single out Tyrone’s defence as their biggest strength on Saturday. Tyrone’s forwards of Sean Cavanagh, Darren McCurry and Connor McAliskey were in fantastic form too not only in some of the points they picked off but also in the way they pressurised and defended Monaghan’s kickouts, never letting any of the players build too much momentum.

Referee Marty Duffy certainly lost the run of the game in the closing 10 minutes and although Tyrone were 4-5 points ahead, the 6 minutes of additional time and Monaghan pushing for a goal resulted in a tense climax to the match. But when the final whistle did come in the 77th minute, the Tyrone support raised the roof.

Mickey Harte’s men now face Kerry in the All-Ireland semi final and they certainly have nothing to fear against them!

Full time score; Tyrone 0-18 Monaghan 0-14.

Midfield action from Croke Park.

Midfield action from Croke Park.

 

Mattie Donnelly gave another 5 star performance on Saturday afternoon.

Mattie Donnelly gave another 5 star performance on Saturday afternoon.

 

Darren McCurry point from a tight angle.

Darren McCurry point from a tight angle.

 

Sean Cavanagh gets ahead of Drew Wylie.

Sean Cavanagh gets ahead of Drew Wylie.

 

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Aghaloo Vs Clogher – 2015 GAA Tyrone JFC, First Round

Aghaloo O’Neills continued their excellent run of form in 2015 with a comprehensive victory over neighbours Clogher in the first round of the Tyrone Junior Championship.

Played in lovely conditions in Omagh, Aghaloo took the lead in the opening couple of minutes and they never let it slip with some excellent scores from Tiarnan Donnelly, Niall Henderson and Jody McGlone to give them a 0-09 to 0-01 lead at HT. Clogher will be disappointed with how the first 30 minutes went but they made a huge effort in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, scoring a Barry McKenna fisted goal and two followup points to reduce the lead to 4 points but Aghaloo regained control of the game and went onto win by 8 points following further points from Brian McKenna, Niall McElroy and Stephen Donnelly. Well done to them.

Full time score; Aghaloo 0-17 Clogher 1-06.

The Aghaloo O'Neills senior team.

The Aghaloo O’Neills senior team.

 

The Clogher Eire Og senior team.

The Clogher Eire Og senior team.

 

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Jody McGlone attacks for Aghaloo in the opening minutes.

Jody McGlone attacks for Aghaloo in the opening minutes.

 

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Tyrone Vs Sligo – 2015 GAA All Ireland Qualifiers Round 4

Tyrone worked their way out of the back-door All Ireland qualifiers on Saturday with a comprehensive 0-21 t0 0-14 win over heavily defeated Connaught finalists Sligo on Saturday in Croke Park.

Fine performances from Darren McCurry, Peter Harte, Sean Cavanagh and Mark Bradley meant that the Red Hands took control of the game from the throw in and any chance of a slip up never looked like happening. Sligo will be disappointed with the number of chances they missed, particularly at the start of the second half when they hit a number of poor wides but Darren McCurry’s accuracy in front of the posts widened the gap to an unassailable lead. Mickey Harte may be disappointed that Tyrone didn’t hit the back of the net despite a couple of opportunities but it was another well deserved victory for his team and one which has added to their winning momentum.

Next up is a difficult challenge against Ulster champions Monaghan in the All Ireland quarter final and it is sure to prove a lot more challenging but not an impossible task.

Full time score; Tyrone 0-21 Sligo 0-14.

Peter Harte on the ball early for Tyrone.

Peter Harte on the ball early for Tyrone.

 

Sean Cavanagh is pulled down.

Sean Cavanagh is pulled down.

 

Darren McCurry strikes the ball over the bar.

Darren McCurry strikes the ball over the bar.

 

Connor McAliskey makes his way around his man.

Connor McAliskey makes his way around his man.

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