Eskra Vs Truagh – 2013 Ulster GAA Intermediate Club Championship Final

Tyrone champions Eskra took on Monaghan side Truagh in the Ulster Intermediate championship final on Saturday night in Armagh in my final football match for 2013.

Eskra took an early lead in the game but Truagh soon found their form through their forwards Christopher and Daniel Mc Kenna. The border club proved troublesome throughout the game and Eskra failed to find their flow and they never hit the Championship form they had been hitting all year. Eskra battled in the last few minutes to get the ball into the back of the net but it wasn’t to be as Truagh finished up 5 point winners.

Full time score; Eskra 0-12 Truagh 0-17.

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Truagh – Ulster Intermediate champions of 2013.

 

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Eskra Emmetts line out in Armagh.

 

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The Monaghan champions, Truagh.

 

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The captains shake hands in the centre of the field.

 

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The Eskra team line up for the national anthem.

 

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Killeeshil Vs Emyvale – 2013 Ulster GAA Junior Club Championship Final

On Saturday night, the Ulster Junior football final took place in the Athletics Grounds, Armagh between Tyrone champions Killeeshil St Marys and Monaghan champions Emyvale – two teams I know very well with many friends in the Killeeshil club and family ties with Emyvale.

Killeeshil took an early lead in the opening 15 minutes with Gary Reilly knocking over points for the hoops but the Emyvale struck back in the last 10 minutes of the half scoring 1-02 to take a 1-03 to 0-03 lead in at half time. In an exciting second half, both teams battled for possession but it was Emyvale who had the edge in midfield. Killeeshil had chances to pull the score back level but points from David McAllister and Daithi Colton ensured Emyvale maintained their lead and despite a late rally from Killeeshil to get the ball into the back of the net in the last few minutes, it was Emyvale who were crowned Ulster Junior champions. Well done to them and good luck in the All-Ireland series.

Full time score; Emyvale 1-06 Killeeshil 0-06.

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2013 Ulster Junior football champions, Emyvale.

 

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The Killeeshil team line out in Armagh.

 

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The Emyvale senior team.

 

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Captains James Bellew and Packie Mc Mullan with Donegal referee Shaun McLaughlin.

 

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The final team talk before the throw in.

 

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Killeeshil Vs Teconnaught – 2013 Ulster GAA Junior Club Championship Quarter Final

Tyrone JFC champions Killeeshil progressed to the Ulster club championship quarter finals with a very narrow victory over Down champions Teconnaught in Newry early on Sunday afternoon.

Killeeshil surged into a 0-06 to 0-01 lead after 15 minutes with scores coming from Gary Reilly, Ciaran O’Neill, Shane Mallon and Rory McCann. However a considerable 30 minute dry patch followed from the Tyrone champions and Teconnaught gradually chipped down the hoops lead to only one point at HT.

Things got worse in the second half for Killeeshil when they conceded a penalty but goalkeeper Ciaran Reilly produced a great save which undoubtedly kept the balance with Killeeshil and was a turning point in the game. Great work from Kevin Hub Hughes for Killeeshil in midfield set up Shane Mallon for a converted free kick mid-way through the second half  followed by a point from Packie McMullan and another score from Mallon as the more experienced players saw the game out and Killeeshil progressed to the Ulster JFC semi finals in 2 weeks time against Donegal champions Milford.

Full time score; Killeeshil 0-11 Teconnaught 0-09.

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John McMullan meets the shoulder of Teconnaught’s Michael Hamill.

 

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Eoghan Donaghy dodges his way around the Teconnaught defence.

 

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Eskra Vs Urney – 2013 Tyrone GAA Intermediate Club Championship Final

Eskra became the Tyrone Intermediate champions of 2013 on Sunday afternoon just 12 months after they were on the losing side to eventual All Ireland champions Cookstown Fr Rocks.

In a close game, Eskra scored an early goal in the first half thanks to the boot of Shane Hackett but Urney responded with two goals from county player Johnny Lafferty. After the sides went in level at half time, Urney took the lead with points coming from Jamie Mc Aleer, Stephen Lafferty and Johnny Lafferty but the major turning point in the game came mid-way through the second half when Eskra were awarded a penalty. The Emmetts captain Peter Hughes stepped up and held his nerve to net a decisive goal. Joe McCarroll and Paul Turbitt added further points to give them a historic 4 point win.

Full time score; Eskra 2-09 Urney 2-05.

 

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Eskra GFC – Tyrone Intermediate champions of 2013.

 

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The officials for the Tyrone Intermediate final.

 

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Sean Hurson refereed the final with Urney captain Ronan Lafferty and Eskra captain Peter Hughes at either side of him.

 

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Johnny Lafferty was a constant danger threat the whole game for Eskra.

 

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Killeeshil Vs Loughmacrory – 2013 Tyrone GAA Junior Club Championship Final

My good neighbours of Killeeshil St Mary’s defied the odds on Sunday afternoon in Healy Park, Omagh and became Tyrone Junior champions of 2013 after defeating Loughmacrory in an exciting game of football.

A torrential shower of rain began at the throw in of the game which caused further slippy conditions for the players. In a low scoring game, scores from Kevin Hughes and Packie Mc Mullan gave Killeeshil the lead but a Niall Grimes Loughmacrory goal gave them a one point advantage at HT.

Fifteen seconds into the second half, Killeeshil corner forward Rory McCann struck the ball into the net and he added further points to sway the game to their advantage. Loughmacrory will be thinking of the chances they put wide today and as all fifteen Loughmacrory men piled forward into the Killeeshil square for 2 late free kicks, they couldn’t find that winning goal and Seamus McCallan’s side won by 2 points. Well done to this up and coming young team next year in Intermediate football.

Full times score; Killeeshil 1-08 Loughmacrory 1-06.

Below are my photos from the game.

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The Killeeshil team celebrate becoming Tyrone JFC champions of 2013.

 

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Brian McCallion stands between Packie McMullan and Ronan Ward.

 

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Ciaran O’Neill makes his way up the field for Killeeshil.

 

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Midfield action from Sunday in Healy Park.

 

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Errigal Ciaran Minor Team Sponsorship

Looking ahead to this Saturday, Errigal Ciaran minors will take on Ardboe in the Tyrone Minor Grade 1 championship final in Dungannon.

Errigal business man Eamon McCaffrey (The Auction Rooms, Moy) sponsored the boys a set of tracksuit tops – let’s hope they are lucky for them. Good luck to them in the final and my club of Aghaloo in the Grade 2 final before it.

 

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The Errigal Ciaran minor team who will play Ardboe on Saturday.

 

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The Auction Rooms Moy’s Eamon McCaffrey sponsors a set of training tops to the Errigal Ciaran minor team. Representing the minor squad are players Ciaran O’Hanlon, Peter Cassidy, Mark Kavanagh and Chea O’Neill.

 

 

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Clonoe Vs Carrickmore – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship Final

Clonoe became the champions of Tyrone senior football on Sunday with a deserved 6 point win over Carrickmore in Healy Park in front of a 7000 strong crowd.

The Rahillys were odds on favourite to win the game but there were times that the scales could have tipped in favour of Carrickmore, Brian Gormley’s side coming from behind on a number of occasions to level the game but it was Clonoe’s goals goals which secured them the O’Neill Cup – Paul Coney striking in the first half thanks to brilliant work from Connor McAliskey, Danny McNulty hitting the bottom corner seconds into the second half and PJ Lavery scoring a third goal towards the end of the game.

Carrickmore, looking for their first senior title since 2005, had a number of scorers on the day and outscored Clonoe across the 60 minutes 12 scores til 11 but as the saying goes, goals win matches! Carmen battled throughout in true Carrickmore fashion with Conor Gormley leading from the helm supported by Martin Penrose, Mark Donnelly and Paul McAleer but overall they were up against a stronger, hungrier and more superior side.

Full time score; Clonoe 3-08 Carrickmore 0-12.

There won’t be much time for celebrating for Damien Cassidy’s side however as this Sunday there are up against Derry champions Ballinderry in the Ulster club championship tie.

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Clonoe O’Rahillys – Tyrone SFC champions of 2013.

 

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The Carrickmore team line out.

 

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The Clonoe senior team.

 

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Stephen Mc Nulty and Conor Gormley shake hands before the game with referee Martin Sludden.

 

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Clonoe Vs Errigal Ciaran – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, Semi Final

The final of the Tyrone Senior football club championship was finalised on Sunday evening after Clonoe defeated title holders Errigal Ciaran by 6 points in Dungannon.

A huge crowd turned out to see the high quality spectacle which was nip and tuck for a large part. Both sides exchanged the lead thanks to score from Clonoe’s Danny McNulty, Connor McAliskey and Dwayne Quinn and Errigal’s Davy Harte, Ronan McRory and Ciaran McGinley but a fantastic penalty save from Errigal goalkeeper John Devine prevented Clonoe moving ahead. However minutes later, a rebounded shot of the post dropped down to Paul Coney who struck the back of the net to give Clonoe a 1-06 to 0-06 advantage.

Clonoe opened the scoring right away in the second half and from then they controlled the remainder of the game. Paul Coney, McAliskey, Stephen McNulty and Sean Hughes all added their names to the scoresheet to give them a 9 point lead before Errigal Ciaran captain Peter Harte struck back with a late goal.

Full time score; Clonoe 1-16 Errigal Ciaran 1-10.

Next Sunday’s Tyrone SFC final between Carrickmore and Clonoe is sure to be a great one, a real East Vs West Tyrone battle. Clonoe will be hoping to make an amends for their late defeat to Dromore in the 2011 final while Carrickmore will be hoping to pick their first senior title since 2005. A hard one to call now!

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The Errigal Ciaran team line out in Dungannon.

 

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Clonoe captain Stephen McNulty and Errigal Ciaran captain Peter Harte along side referee Eamonn McHugh.

 

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Danny McNulty and Michaek McRory tussle for the ball.

 

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Midfield action from O’Neill Park, Dungannon.

 

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Killeeshil Vs Killyman – 2013 Tyrone GAA Junior Club Championship, Semi Final

Killeeshil have made it to another Tyrone JFC final after their well deserved 4 point win over Killyman in Dungannon on Sunday afternoon.

In a fairly even first half with Killeeshil’s Shane Mallon and Killyman’s Enda Mc Gahan both getting their name on the scoresheets, it was Killeeshil St Mary’s that made the breakthrough in the first half when Eoghan Donaghy struck a well worked goal. Kevin Hughes, Packie McMullan and Shane Mallon continued to add scores onto the board and after a late red card in the Killyman team, Killeeshil cruised into another final.

Seamus McCallan’s side will be hoping to avoid the disappointment of the 2011 final defeat to Derrytresk but they will be very much the underdogs against title favourites Loughmacrory. We’ll know all by the 20th October.

Full time score; Killeeshil 1-11 Killyman 0-10.

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Enda McGahan tries to make his way around Kevin Hughes.

 

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Kevin Hughes contends the ball in the air.

 

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Carrickmore Vs Moy – 2013 Tyrone GAA Senior Club Championship, Semi Final

Moy made it to their first semi finals of the Tyrone SFC in over 50 years on Saturday and their opponents were one of the title favourites, Carrickmore.

The match took place in sunny conditions in Pomeroy although there was the occasional breeze which made shooting difficult. In a tame enough first half, Carrickmore took in a 4 point lead thanks to a goal on the stroke of HT from Martin Penrose. Moy pulled the game back to a single point with 15 minutes remaining with some tremendous play and shooting from Sean Cavanagh but at the other end of the field Mark Donnelly bagged a second goal for Carmen and Paul McAleer finished the game with a third goal.

Perhaps the final score doesn’t reflect how much of an entertaining game it was but no one could argue with who the better team was.

Full time score: Carrickmore 3-09 Moy 0-09.

Carrickmore are now the first side through to this year’s Tyrone SFC Final, their first final since 2010.

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The Carrickmore senior team have made it to their first Tyrone SFC final since 2010.

 

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Moy seniors pictured before the game.

 

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Captains Tomas McNicholl and Conor Gormley with referee Sean Hurson.

 

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Philip Jordan stands for the national anthem in Pomeroy.

 

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