Killyclogher Vs Dromore – 2014 Tyrone GAA ACL Division 1 Final

Killyclogher became the new Tyrone ACL Division 1 champions on Sunday afternoon after a fine four point win over Dromore in Carrickmore.

Mark Bradley’s first half goal was key to their success and allowed them to go in one point ahead at HT but despite a valiant effort from Dromore, points from Leo Meenan, James Carlin and Conal McCann were enough to see them through and win the game to end the 2014 footballing season on a high for them.

Full time score; Killyclogher 1-09 Dromore 0-08.

Below are my photos from the game.

 

Dromore line out for the league final.

Dromore line out for the league final.

 

Team captains Sean O'Neill and Leo Meenan with referee Eugene Mc Connell.

Team captains Sean O’Neill and Leo Meenan with referee Eugene Mc Connell.

 

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Leo Meenan lets an early ball slip through his grasp.

Leo Meenan lets an early ball slip through his grasp.

 

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St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon MacRory Cup Exhibition Game

On Saturday afternoon, St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon opened their new GAA grounds Pairc Mhic an tSagairt (named after the late Mon. McEntaggart) with a wonderful exhibition of football remembering the successful MacRory Cup teams of 1991/1997 and 2004.

For me this was a terrific trip down memory lane as I attended St Pat’s (Boys’) Academy from 1996 to 2003 and have a lot of fond memories from those years. At the end of my first year in 1997, the school won the MacRory Cup and I can still remember the celebrations with Monsignor Faul in the assembly hall and what an event this was. Seven years later the cup returned and although I had already left the school, I knew most of the boys involved in the team and it was fantastic to see them back in the red Academy jersey on Saturday for the exhibition match.

Although there have been a lot of changes in the school structure and staff since I have left, it was great to see some of the teachers that taught me and some old school pals too throughout the day. Together with some nostaglic tales from Paddy Parke, Adrian Logan, Fintan Donnelly and Fr McAleer, it really was a wonderful afternoon.

The opening of Pairc Mhic an tSagairt is the beginning of a new chapter for St Patrick’s Academy as they have now been approved for a new school build – hopefully these new exciting developments will mean that the next MacRory Cup success isn’t far away.

Below are a range of photos from the day, all of which was led and coordinated impeccably by past pupil and 2004 MacRory Cup winner Owen Coyle. Maith thú!

The new Paric Mhic an tSagarirt GAA Grounds.

The new Paric Mhic an tSagarirt GAA Grounds.

 

The 1991/1997 MacRory Cup winning team.

The 1991/1997 MacRory Cup winning team.

 

The 2004 MacRory Cup winning team from St Patrick's Academy.

The 2004 MacRory Cup winning team from St Patrick’s Academy.

 

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Posted in Schools Football, St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon

Rock Vs Derrytresk – 2014 Tyrone GAA Junior Football Championship Final (Replay)

Following 120 minutes of football between two games, Rock overcame a valiant challenge from Derrytresk to become the Tyrone Junior champions and seal the double in Fr Campbell Park, Coalisland on Sunday evening in what was another great game of football.

Played in a very sporting yet physical manner, both teams gave it their all and there was very little between the sides the whole way throughout the game. Rock started strongly, similarly to last Sunday, with scores from Martin and Conor McCreesh to put them 0-05 to 0-02 ahead. However, Derrytresk soon found their form and on either side of HT they added scores from the boot of Mickey Rea, Caolan Corr, Cathal O’Neill and Joe McKee to give them a 0-08 to 0-05 lead. The boys from ‘The Hill’ looked comfortable at this stage. But a brave fisted goal from Rock’s Michael McElduff levelled the game for the Rock and Derrytresk soon found themselves down to 14 men after Ronan O’Neill was sent off for an off the ball incident. The tide had now turned in favour of Rock. Derrytresk had chances to snatch a late win but as the game looked to be heading into a period of extra time, a stray ball in the fifth minute of injury time found Rock’s Conor McCreesh who made no mistake and slammed it into the net for the final score of the game and a 4 point win for An Carraig.

 Full time score; Rock 2-08 Derrytresk 0-10

 

The Derrytresk team line out in Fr Campbell Park.

The Derrytresk team line out in Fr Campbell Park.

 

The Rock team line out in Coalisland.

The Rock team line out in Coalisland.

 

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Dungannon Clarkes Vs Trillick – 2014 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Football Championship Final

Dungannon Clarkes pulled off a fantastic 9 point win over favourites Trillick on Sunday to become the Tyrone IFC champions and return back to senior football in 2015.

The Clarkes had the best possible start to the game when Patrick Quinn scored an early goal and from this point on they remained in charge of the game. Matthew Walsh added a second Dungannon goal soon after and despite some great points from Trillick’s Lee Brennan and Dara Gallagher, it was the Clarkes who went in at HT 2-04 to 0-09 ahead.

In the second half, the Clarkes had the advantage of a strong breeze which just added to the strength of James Slater’s side. Matthew Walsh added another goal and Trillick also found themselves a man down when Richard Donnelly was sent off for an off the ball incident. Padraig McNulty excelled in midfield for Dungannon and Trillick found it nearly impossible to get the ball out of their own half. Daniel Grimley added an unbelieveable fourth goal followed by further points by McNulty and captain Kiefer Morgan to make it a day never to forget for the Tyrone second’s capital.

Full time score: Dungannon Clarkes 4-11 Trillick 0-14.

Here are my best photos from the game.

The Trillick team in Healy Park.

The Trillick team in Healy Park.

 

Eamonn McHugh throws the coin up between the captains Damian Kelly and Kiefer Morgan.

Eamonn McHugh throws the coin up between the captains Damian Kelly and Kiefer Morgan.

 

Damian Kelly leads Trillick around Healy Park.

Damian Kelly leads Trillick around Healy Park.

 

The Trillick starting fifteen players.

The Trillick starting fifteen players.

 

The Dungannon Clarkes starting fifteen.

The Dungannon Clarkes starting fifteen.

 

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Posted in Club Football, Dungannon, Trillick

Rock Vs Derrytresk – 2014 Tyrone GAA Junior Football Championship Final

Derrytresk and Rock served up a great game of football in the Tyrone JFC final on Sunday in Healy Park in a game that finished all square.

Rock started the brightest and playing with the strong breeze, they lead by 4 points to no score until the 25th minute when Derrytresk scored their first point with a free from Joe McKee. Aidan McGarrity and Enda McWilliams added further scores for Rock before Derrytresk added two more before half time to make it 0-06 to 0-03.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first but with Derrytresk playing with the breeze this time it was the men from the Hill who were notching scores on the board, a total of five in a row to take a 0-08 to 0-07 lead. Rock did find an equalising score and although both sides had the chance to win it in the closing 5 minutes, a draw was probably the fairest result in what was a very entertaining game of football. We’ll have to wait until next weekend to see who the junior champions of Tyrone will be.

Full time score; Rock 0-09 Derrytresk 0-09.

Rock line out in Healy Park.

Rock line out in Healy Park.

 

Team captains Aidan Gervin and Joe McKee with referee Shane Meehan.

Team captains Aidan Gervin and Joe McKee with referee Shane Meehan.

 

Diarmuid Carroll in an early attack for Rock.

Diarmuid Carroll in an early attack for Rock.

 

Aidan McGarrity scores an early point.

Aidan McGarrity scores an early point.

 

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Posted in Club Football, Derrytresk, Rock

Coalisland na Fianna 25 Year Jubilee Winning Team

During half time of the Tyrone SFC final, the players from the victorious 1989 winning Coalisland na Fianna team were honoured in Healy Park.

Managed by Brendan Hampsey and Tommy Woods, the team defeated some club called Ballygawley (!!) 1-11 to 0-06 to lift the O’Neill Cup.

Click below for further photos of the presentation.

 

Players and representatives of players from the successful 1989 Coalisland na Fianna O'Neill cup winning team.

Players and representatives of players from the successful 1989 Coalisland na Fianna O’Neill cup winning team.

 

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Tommy Woods shakes hands with his players from 25 years ago.

Tommy Woods shakes hands with his players from 25 years ago.

 

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Omagh St Endas Vs Carrickmore – 2014 Tyrone GAA SFC Final

Omagh St Endas became the champions of Tyrone senior football on Sunday for the first time in 26 years following a one point win over last year’s defeated finalists Carrickmore.

A lot of people, including myself. found it hard to call what way this game was going to go and even when the game started, there was very little between the two sides. Carmen were unlucky not to score a goal in the first half from Niall Loughran when the ball struck the post and then rolled along the line. Paul McAleer scored some fine scores in the first half however for Carrickmore and Omagh struck back too with scores from Ronan O’Neill, Barry Tierney and Jason McAnulla but it was Carrickmore who had the advantage at the break going in 0-08 to 0-06 ahead.

The second half continued like the first with both sides playing it reasonably safe and the chances of a draw were looking more and more likely. Carmen were dealt with the blow of losing Johnnie Munroe to a second yellow card which allowed Omagh to pull it back to a draw but as the clock struck the 60th minute a huge Martin Penrose point put Brian Gormley’s side one point ahead with only injury time remaining. It looked to be all over for St Endas but a long Cathal McCarron ball from the wing found danger-man Ronan O’Neill who somehow managed to tussle his way inside the square and beat goalkeeper Plunkett McCallan to give them a 2 point lead and send Healy Park into eruptions. Carrickmore battled in the final 90 seconds of injury time for a goal but it wasn’t to be as Omagh captain Hugh Gallagher lifted the O’Neill Cup for Omagh for the first time since 1988.

Full time score; Omagh St Endas 1-10 Carrickmore 0-12

Hugh Gallagher leads his team onto the field.

Hugh Gallagher leads his team onto the field.

 

The Omagh St Endas senior team line out in their homeground of Healy Park.

The Omagh St Endas senior team line out in their homeground of Healy Park.

 

Conor Gormley leads the Carmen army onto the pitch.

Conor Gormley leads the Carmen army onto the pitch.

 

The Carrickmore senior team were back for another Tyrone SFC final.

The Carrickmore senior team were back for another Tyrone SFC final.

 

Team captains Conor Gormley and Hugh Gallagher with referee Sean Hurson.

Team captains Conor Gormley and Hugh Gallagher with referee Sean Hurson.

 

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Donaghmore Vs Drumragh – 2014 Tyrone GAA U21 Grade 2 Championship Final

Donaghmore became Tyrone U21 Grade 2 championship winners in the warm-up game to the Tyrone SFC final in Healy Park, Omagh on Sunday.

It took the the St Patricks side mid-way through the second half to see the game off and they could have won it by more if they took their chances but in the end they had a comfortable 9 point margin. Well done to them.

Full time score; Donaghmore 1-11 Drumragh 0-05.

Here are a few pics from the game.

 

The victorious Donaghmore U21 team.

The victorious Donaghmore U21 team.

 

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St Macartans Vs Carrickmore – 2014 Tyrone Ladies GAA SFC Final

St Macartans became the senior ladies champions of Tyrone after a narrow 1 point victory over Carrickmore in Killyclogher on Sunday evening.

Played in a lovely September’s evening, the two power-houses of ladies football in Tyrone served a fantastic game in front of a large crowd. Although the scores during the 60 minutes of football were few and far between, there was plenty of drama on the field as both sides had the lead at different stages in the game. There were some fantastic performances in the St Macartans team including the McQuaid sisters, Joline, Maria and Cathy Donnelly, Maura McMenamin, Rebekah McCaughey and their goalkeeper Niamh McKenna who undoubtedly kept them in the game in the first half.

Carmen had an equal amount of talent too with players like Gemma Begley, Lynette McShane, Kathy McAleer and Dearbhla McCallan. Perhaps the Carrickmore girls could have felt that they could have scored four or five goals during the course of the game but it wasn’t to be their day as a late St Macartans comeback in the final 5 minutes saw Joline Donnelly and Niamh McGirr tie the game for the Clogher valley side and as a draw looked imminent, forward Colleen McQuaid kicked over a late free to give the club a one point victory much to their delight.

Full time score; St Macartans 0-09 Carrickmore 1-05.

Well done to them and good luck in the Ulster series.

The Carrickmore ladies senior team.

The Carrickmore ladies senior team.

 

The St Macartans ladies senior team line out in Killyclogher.

The St Macartans ladies senior team line out in Killyclogher.

 

The team captains Aideen Loughran and Shauna McQuaid line out with the officials.

The team captains Aideen Loughran and Shauna McQuaid line out with the officials.

 

Katriona McQuaid looks for help.

Katriona McQuaid looks for help.

 

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Posted in Carrickmore, Club Football, St Macartans

Omagh St Endas Vs Dromore – 2014 Tyrone GAA SFC, Semi Final

Omagh St Endas staged a late late show in Carrickmore on Saturday evening when a last gasp goal from Jason McAnulla was enough to overturn a 2 point deficit into a one point win and a place in this year’s Tyrone SFC final against Carrickmore or Ardboe.

Played in changeable weather conditions, the first half was rather uneventful with both teams playing a more defensive style of football with neither team taking any gambles in going forward – to be honest it was pretty mundane to watch and the live feed from the classic Kerry Vs Mayo replay on my phone provided more entertainment!

The second half was better and Omagh, who created the better chances, should have been further ahead in the final 10 minutes. Tyrone’s Ronan O’Neill levelled the game with minutes on the clock but was sent off seconds later for an off the ball incident. Dromore then went down the field and scored two massive points and as the crowd started to leave, one final late Omagh ball into the Dromore square and found McAnulla’s fist who finished superbly past Peter Ward.

Well done to them on making their first final since 2005, a lot of players in that team who deserve a county medal.

Full time score; Omagh St Endas 1-07 Dromore 0-09.

The Dromore St Dympna's senior team.

The Dromore St Dympna’s senior team.

 

The Omagh St Enda's senior team.

The Omagh St Enda’s senior team.

 

Captain's Hugh Gallagher and Sean O'Neill with referee Eamon McHugh.

Captain’s Hugh Gallagher and Sean O’Neill with referee Eamon McHugh.

 

Some great work by Conan Grugan in midfield.

Some great work by Conan Grugan in midfield.

 

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Posted in Club Football, Dromore, Omagh