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.
Clonoe are through to the Tyrone SFC quarter finals after an epic first round tie against Errigal Ciaran on Friday night in Edendork.
In a repeat of last year’s Tyrone SFC semi-final, Clonoe started the brightest and burst into a 0-06 to 0-01 lead with points coming from the boot of Paul Coney, Dan McNulty, Connor McAliskey and Patrick Doris. Errigal were stunned and they also had to deal with the loss of one of their main attackers, Ciaran McGinley who received the dreaded black card from referee Martin Sludden 10 minutes into the game. However that TOWIE spirit came to life and for the last 15 minutes of the half, Errigal cut the lead back to a single point after points from McDermott, Peter Harte and Darren Canavan. Clonoe were dealt their own bit of bad luck when they too lost Colm Doris before HT after a high challenge but this time Sludden showed a red card.
As the light faded in Edendork, the temperature on the field just got higher and higher. The loss of Doris in midfield was huge for Clonoe and Errigal capitalised on it in terms of winning ball and possession but unfortunately not on sticking the ball between the posts. I think there were in the region of 14 wides for Errigal Ciaran throughout the game and despite taking the lead for the first time in the game with 6 minutes to go with a Tommy Canavan point, the inevitable happened and Clonoe’s Ryan T. O’Neill responded straight after with a well taken goal to give them a 2 point lead that they never let slip.
There were a few ugly scenes after the final whistle in which two more players were shown a red card but all in all this was one of the best Tyrone club championship games I’ve been to in a few years and this was only the first round! Certainly would beat most county matches for intensity and drama.
Full time score; Clonoe 1-10 Errigal Ciaran 0-10.
The Clonoe O’Rahillys senior team for 2014.
The Errigal Ciaran team line out in Edendork.
Stephen McNulty is tackled on the ground early in the game.
Eglish progressed to the quarter finals of the Tyrone Senior championship on Friday night after defeating Donaghmore St Patricks in Edendork.
In an even first half, both sides went in at HT level on 5 points each following some great long range points from Eglish’s Damien Jordan, Ciaran Colton and Conor McKenna while Matthew McGahan and Niall McKenna struck for Donaghmore. Eglish pulled away from the start of the second half however and never let the lead slip with scores coming from McKenna, Gregory Jordan and Damien Jordan. Eglish were reduced to 14 men towards the end of the game but by then they had the game in the bag and in the last minute of the game Emmett McKenna palmed in a goal for a deserved 7 point Magpies win.
Full time score; Eglish 1-14 Donaghmore 0-10.
The Eglish team line out in Edendork.
Matthew Ace in possession of the ball for Donaghmore.
Damien Jordan shoots from the sideline.
Tyrone overcame Down in Saturday evening’s replay of last weekend’s drawn preliminary round match with a comfortable margin of 8 points.
In front of a large crowd in Pairc Esler Newry, Tyrone got off to the worst possible start when they conceded a penalty in the opening 30 seconds but a poorly hit Aidan Carr shot was no contest for Niall Morgan. A few wides later, Tyrone got a few scores on the board with points coming from Morgan, Ronan O’Neill and Darren McCurry. A long pass from Sean Cavanagh through the middle then found Ciaran McGinley who put his boot behind it and finished low to the bottom corner for his first goal of the day. But like last week, Down rebuilt and re-emerged and hit points back through Dan Gordon and Conor Laverty to make it 1-06 to 0-07 at HT.
Immediately into the second half, Ciaran McGinley scored a second goal with a well hit shot into the top corner of the net. From this point on, Tyrone were comfortably in control of the game. Sean Cavanagh came close to adding another goal with a shot that rebounded off the crossbar but Peter Harte hit the back of the net with a well placed penalty kick for Tyrone’s third goal of the day. Down added pressure on a couple of occasions in around the Tyrone goal mouth but thanks to a stronger defensive display from the red hands, they dealt with it calmly.
Full Time score; Down 0-12 Tyrone 3-11
Next up for Tyrone on the 15th June is a difficult tie away to Monaghan in Clones.
But before then there’s a few club championship games to sort out!!
Darren Mc Curry and other Tyrone players head off to warm up before the game.
The Tyrone panel line out in Pairc Esler, Newry.
Down captain Mark Poland, referee Cormac Reilly and Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh.
Tony Donnelly, Mickey Harte and Peter Quinlivan before the game.
Tyrone and Down will have to do it all again after they played out an exciting draw in the preliminary round of the Ulster Senior football championship on Sunday in front of 12,000 supporters in Omagh.
Tyrone seemed well in control in the first half going in 1-05 til 0-03 points ahead in a pretty damp squib of a game, Tyrone’s scores coming from Kyle Coney, Niall Morgan, Sean Cavanagh and a Peter Harte penalty. Everything seemed to be going to be plan despite quite a few Tyrone wides.
James McCartan’s side however came out stronger in the second half with Benny Coulter being introduced into midfield. But the real turning point in the game came 10 minutes into the second half when Niall Morgan brought down Jerome Johnston in the box resulting in him getting the dreaded black card from David Coldrick. Down scored the resulting penalty and they followed up with 2 further goals as Down’s Kevin McKernan, Johnston, Donal O’Hare and Mark Poland made attacking runs towards the Tyrone goals. From seven points up, Tyrone soon found themselves 2 points down with 5 minutes left. Stephen O’Neill, Marty Penrose, Justin McMahon and Conor Gormley had entered the fray by this stage and it was captain Sean Cavanagh who sneaked the draw with the last kick of the game with a superb long range free from the side.
Full time score; Tyrone 2-11 Down 3-08.
The two sides will meet again this Saturday evening and it’s sure to be another dog fight of a game especially in Newry’s Pairc Esler, a very difficult place for Tyrone to get a win in. Last time they met here was Feb 2013 in the NFL when tempers boiled over on more than one occasion. Let’s hope the seniors can see it through and join the minors in the quarter finals! Tir Eoghain Abú!
Here are my photos from the game.
The Tyrone team line out in Healy Park for the preliminary round of the Ulster championship.
Sean Cavanagh and Conor Gormley warm up before the game.
Tyrone take part in the pre-championship match parade around the field.
Sunday’s starting fifteen players.
During half time of the Ulster Senior championship match, a number of very lucky children from throughout the two counties of Tyrone and Down took part in a mini game. Below are action and presentation photos of the stars of the future!
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Tyrone minors had a very convincing win in the preliminary round of the Ulster Minor football championship on Sunday with 9 points to spare over Down.
Mickey Donnelly’s side led from the opening minutes of the game and it was a great team effort with particular stand out performances coming from Ronan Nugent, Macauley Quinn, Riane Samir, Pauric McAnenly and Conor McKenna. Down did score 2 goals through a penalty and a late stoppage time goal but there was no doubt in who the better team was on the day.
Full time score; Tyrone 1-18 Down 2-06.
Next up for them is the quarter final tie against Monaghan this Saturday evening in Newry! Good luck to them.
This year’s Tyrone minor squad.
The Tyrone minors warm up before their first Ulster Championship match of 2014.
Niall Cullen throws up the coin between Down’s Niall Rafferty and Tyrone’s Conor McKenna.
Conor McKenna creates an attack for Tyrone in the opening minutes.