Moortown minors ended the 2014 season on a high when they achieved the double on Friday night after defeating Ardboe in an entertaining Tyrone MFC final in Coalisland.
Moortown raced into a 7 point lead early on but Ardboe found themselves fortunate enough still to be within reach of creating an upset at HT when they only went in one point behind on a scoreline of 2-04 til 2-05. The second half was interrupted by 15 minutes due to the injury to influential Ardboe player David Mulgrew who had to receive medical attention. Ardboe failed to get over the loss of the Tyrone minor and although they scored a late goal to leave the gap 3 points, it was Moortown who deservedly became the Grade 1 double champions of Tyrone.
Full time score; Moortown 3-10 Ardboe 3-07.
The Moortown team line out in Fr Campbell Park.
The Ardboe minor team line out in Coalisland.
Michael O’Neill creates an attack for Ardboe.
Dromore produced the shock of the weekend when they defeated last year’s Tyrone SFC champions Clonoe at the quarter final stage in Carrickmore on Sunday night.
Clonoe surged into a very early lead in the opening 15 minutes going up 0-07 to no score ahead and it looked like they were going to sail through the game. However, many will agree that the east Tyrone side let their guard down and they allowed Dromore to creep back into the game approaching HT. Scores from Eoin McCusker and Ruairi Sludden cut the 7 point lead into 5 points at the end of the half.
The 2011 champions continued to claw their way into the game in a second half which only saw Clonoe score 3 points in 30 minutes. Ricey McMenamin scored a fantastic equalising point on the 60th minute and as the Clonoe players pushed forward for a winning score, the ball broke kindly for Dromore and they found Colm McCullagh who had time to fist the ball over the Clonoe bar for an injury time one point victory.
Full time score; Dromore 0-14 Clonoe 0-13.
The Dromore team line out in Carrickmore.
Clonoe Rahillys couldn’t repeat their success from last year.
PJ Lavery hits the ball forward for Clonoe.
Stevie McNulty shields the ball from Eoin McCusker.
The Tyrone Championship resumed again this weekend and on Sunday evening I attended the Intermediate championship QF game between Trillick and Derrylaughan in Carrickmore.
Played at a relative slow pace for a championship game, Trillick held the lead throughout the match and never looked like letting the game slip from them even after Derrylaughan bagged a Ciaran Gervin goal in the first half. Mattie Donnelly, Niall Gormley and Lee Brennan were Trillick’s three major danger men up front who racked up the majority of the scores which saw them progress into the Tyrone IFC semi finals in a couple of weeks time.
Full time score; Trillick 0-15 Derrylaughan 1-06.
The Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys senior team.
The Trillick senior team line out in Carrickmore.
Benny Quinn charges up the field for Derrylaughan.
Last week I was privileged to help out the terrific Campa Chormaic team and take some photos from one of their hugely successful summer camp days in Donaghmore. As I have said before on my blog, this summer camp is the best out there for teenagers nowadays who want to learn a cupla focal of Irish, play some football, hurling and camogie etc and for those who want to learn how to live in the spirit of the late great Cormac McAnallen.
The Campa Chormaic team also organise the best guests out of all the summer camps in Tyrone and the day I attended was no different when Dublin senior football stars Stephen Cluxton and Johnny Cooper travelled up especially to meet n’greet the 150 children at Donaghmore GFC along with Tyrone’s Joe McMahon…. what a great afternoon’s snapping! Click below for lots of photos.
The second week’s attendants at Campa Chormaic Tyrone pictured outside St Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore.
Tyrone’s 2014 campaign came to an end on Sunday in the All-Ireland qualifiers when they fell to a disappointing 3 point defeat to Armagh at home in Healy Park, Omagh.
Tyrone never looked like winning the game at any stage and it was Armagh who were the hungrier and more determined side, asserting their authority with a brief melee in the middle of the field in the opening 60 seconds. Mattie Donnelly received a yellow card from the scuffle and was later booked a second time resulting in Tyrone playing for over 30 minutes with 14 men. By this stage, Armagh were 0-07 to 0-05 up with scores coming from Tony Kernan, Jamie Clarke and Mark Shields.
The second half saw Tyrone take a brief lead with free kicks from Sean Cavanagh but Armagh soon got back into their stride and finished the game off with scores from Charlie Vernon and Andy Mallon. Tyrone disappointingly never scored in the final 23 minutes of the game and it was always the Orangemen who looked the more likely of hitting the back of the net.
Full time score; Tyrone 0-10 Armagh 0-13.
This defeat is a major low point in Tyrone football, it’s hard to know how many of the ‘old hands’ will remain on to play another season of football next year and what the targets will be for Mickey Harte’s team for 2015 given that both the Anglo Celt cup never mind the Sam Maguire are a long way from Tyrone the way things stand. Lots of questions and the answers will come slowly but surely over the next 6-9 months.
Marty Penrose warms up before the game.
Mickey Harte pictured before the throw in.
Sean Cavanagh leads the Tyrone team out onto the field.
Team captains Sean Cavanagh and Ciaran McKeever with referee Cormac Reilly.
Tyrone made a strong start to the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday afternoon when they defeated Louth by 17 points in front of 2000 people.
Tyrone got off to a bright start in the opening 15 minutes with scores coming from Darren McCurry, Sean Cavanagh and Connor McAliskey but they then hit a dull patch in the closing 20 minutes of the half with some poor passes and decision making which allowed Louth to come back into the game and reduce the deficit to 2 points on a scoreline of 0-09 to 0-07.
However at the start of the second half, Tyrone inflicted a full out attack on the Louth team starting with a goal from Emmett McKenna in the opening 30 seconds closely followed by a second palmed goal by Stephen O’Neill. Tyrone’s McCurry, Cavanagh and Niall Morgan continued to split the posts too and by the mid-way point, the game was over as a contest. This allowed Mickey Harte to make plenty of changes on the bench including Joe McMahon who made his first Tyrone appearance in 2014, coming back after injury.
Full time score; 2-21 Louth 0-10.
Not the biggest test for Tyrone overall but certainly one that will hopefully build experience and confidence for the upcoming game between the losers of Monaghan/Armagh on 12th July.
The Tyrone team that lined out in Healy Park on Saturday.
The wee county Louth.
Captains Sean Cavanagh and Paddy Keenan with referee Marty Duffy.
Tyrone line out for the national anthem.
Last Saturday evening, Tyrone minors exited the Ulster MFC after a narrow 1 point defeat by Monaghan in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.
It’s fair to say Tyrone had a first half to forget – 20 minutes into the game they lost their captain Ronan Nugent to a shoulder injury and they also conceded 3 goals too to leave them 3-06 to 0-05 down at HT and an uphill climb in the second half. But Mickey Donnelly’s boys did just that and after a number of positional changes including moving Eglish’s Conor McKenna to full forward and dropping Cormac O’Hagan to midfield, Tyrone chipped away at Monaghan’s lead in a half that only saw them scoring 2 points. Monaghan defended with their lives and it left for a very tense final 5 minutes but although they had chances, Tyrone could not find that elusive equalising score or winner and they bowed out on a 1 point defeat.
It was very hard luck for Tyrone but Monaghan were probably the more hungry of the 2 teams over the 70 minutes and they will prove difficult to beat in Ulster.
Full time score; Tyrone 0-16 Monaghan 3-08
The Tyrone minor team line out in Armagh.
The Monaghan GAA minor team.
Tyrone warm up in the Athletic Grounds in the longest day of the year.
It was a glorious evening in Armagh for the game
Tyrone entered the All-Ireland qualifier road on Sunday after they failed to defeat Monaghan in the Ulster SFC quarter final in Clones.
Monaghan hadn’t defeated Tyrone in the championship in 26 years before Sunday and it was a defeat that they fully savoured and deserved. Tyrone looked nervous at times in their own half, especially with the start of Conor McManus for Monaghan before the throw in, and they were lucky not to concede at least 2 goals in the opening half – a stray pass from Morgan found Kieran Hughes who missed an open net and a missed penalty shot from Hughes again, allowed Monaghan to go in at the break with only a 0-08 to 0-07 lead. Mattie Donnelly and Darren McCurry with some of the scores in the first half for Tyrone.
Positional changes came in the second half for Tyrone but it was Monaghan who struck blood first with a goal coming in the 42nd minute from Dermot Malone to leave them five clear. Referee Eddie Kinsella dished out black cards to both sides in the closing 10 minutes and points from McAliskey, Donnelly and McCurry reduced the lead eventually to one point but that’s where it remained at the end of 2 minutes of added time much to the fury of the Tyrone management and supporters.
Full time score; Monagan 1-12 Tyrone 0-14.
Tyrone now enter the back-door road where they first meet Louth on Saturday 28th June in Omagh.
The Tyrone team line out in Clones.
The Monaghan team arrive onto the field.
Sean Cavanagh and Eddie Kinsella share a joke before the game.
Referee Eddie Kinsella speaks to both captains.
Game favourites Carrickmore progressed to the quarter finals of the Tyrone SFC when they defeated newly promoted Eskra on Sunday night in Dunmoyle.
Carrickmore were in full control throughout most of the game but Eskra should be more than proud of the fight they put up in their first ever Tyrone SFC game. Mark Donnelly scored a first half goal and Paul McAleer scored a second but Carmen will be disappointed finishing the game with only 13 players after a few ugly scenes in both halves from both sides. Plunkett Oz McCallan was back in nets for Carmen and he pulled off a couple of great saves that could have made the margin narrower but Carrickmore eventually eased to a 7 point win and a quarter final tie against Augher in the coming months.
Full time score; Carrickmore 2-12 Eskra 1-08.
The Carmen senior team.
Eskra Emmetts in their first ever Tyrone SFC game.
Brian Gormley with his team before the throw in.
Edendork enjoyed their first championship win in 8 years (I am led to believe) on Sunday in Dunmoyle when they defeated a determined Loughmacrory side.
Played in pleasant conditions, it was Edendork who were the better side in getting scores from possession while Loughmacrory will rue some of the chances they missed in the opening half. The second half continued in the same vein with some classy scores coming from the boot of Niall Morgan and Darren McCurry. Loughmacrory did reduce the lead to 3 points with 10 minutes to go but the green and yellow stripes hung on for a place in the Tyrone Intermediate championship quarter finals.
Full time score: Edendork 0-19 Loughmacrory 0-13.
The Loughmacrory team line out in Dunmoyle.
The Edendork senior team.
Ronan Ward in action for Loughmacrory.