Tyrone Vs Down – 2014 GAA Ulster Football Championship, Half Time Game

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 Vs Down – 2014 GAA Ulster Minor Football Championship, Preliminary Round

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.

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This year’s Tyrone minor squad.

 

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The Tyrone minors warm up before their first Ulster Championship match of 2014.

 

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Niall Cullen throws up the coin between Down’s Niall Rafferty and Tyrone’s Conor McKenna.

 

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Conor McKenna creates an attack for Tyrone in the opening minutes.

 

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Carrickmore Vs Errigal Ciaran – 2014 Tyrone GAA ACL Division 1

Errigal Ciaran continued their good run of form with a fine 10 win over Carrickmore on Sunday in St Colmcille’s Park.

In the final league game before the start of the Ulster championship next weekend and then the Tyrone Senior football championship in less than 2 weeks, it will lift the confidence of the Ballygawley men as they face a difficult first round tie against county champions Clonoe.

Errigal Ciaran led for most of the game and despite a Johnny Monroe goal in the second half for Carrickmore which pulled the game close to level, Damian McDermott struck back with a penalty and then Pio McDermott hit another goal to end the game as a contest. Last year’s league champions Carrickmore have a lot of ground to make up this with only 2 points from a possible 10 but I’m sure they will hit form too when they meet Eskra in the first round of the championship.

Full time score; Carrickmore 1-08 Errigal Ciaran 2-15

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John Kelly soars into the air for Errigal Ciaran.

 

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Augher St Macartans Vs Clonoe – 2014 Tyrone GAA ACL Division 1

Today Augher took on Tyrone SFC champions Clonoe O’Rahillys in Fr Hackett Park in the fourth round of the Division 1  Tyrone ACL.

Unfortunately it was another defeat for Augher who were up against it from the very start from a very strong Clonoe side. Connor McAliskey scored an early goal for Clonoe and Dan McNulty, Dwayne Quinn, PJ Lavery and Colm Doris added more points. Eleven points down at HT, the second half continued in a similar vain with PJ Lavery bagging a second goal for the Rahillys.

Full time score; Augher 0-03 Clonoe 2-24.

 

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The Augher team stand for a minute’s silence.

 

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Clonoe’s PJ Lavery on the attack in Fr Hackett Park.

 

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Augher St Macartans Vs Eskra – 2014 Tyrone ACL Division 1

Eskra Emmetts celebrated their very first win in the Tyrone ACL Division 1 with a narrow one point win over Augher in Fr Hackett Park this afternoon.

Augher started well with a goal in the opening 30 seconds from Aidan Cassidy and the home side took a comfortable 4 point lead in with them at HT on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-06. Eskra however came out with their heads held high and went on a 10 minute scoring spree with scores coming from Peter Hughes, Cormac Arkinson and a Niall Marlow goal to give them the lead. Darragh Kavanagh and Aidan Mc Elroy kept Augher within contention and they levelled on a couple of occasions but the Eskra defence held out in the last few minutes and they picked up their first two league points of the year.

Full time score; Augher 1-11 Eskra 1-12.

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Action from Fr Hackett Park between Augher and Eskra.

 

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Cormac McAnallen Leadership Lecture by Jim Gavin

On Tuesday evening, I was delighted to help out the Campa Chormaic team by photographing the Launch of  Campa Chormaic and also the Cormac McAnallen leadership lecture, delivered by Dublin GAA senior manager Jim Gavin in St Patrick’s College, Armagh.

As always, the evening was superbly arranged and executed by the Campa Chormaic committee and managing to get Jim Gavin as the special guest was a major pull. I didn’t know what to expect from his talk but I think everyone that attended the evening were blown away by the content and delivery of his inspiring 45 minute talk on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and how it relates to sport and life in general. It’s no coincidence that his Dublin team are currently the best team in the country, especially after last Sunday’s Division 1 semi-final turnaround against Cork.

I didn’t know much about Jim Gavin before the evening but I learnt he was an Irish Air Corps pilot for over 20 years and now he spends his days with the Irish Aviation Authority training new pilots. But above all that, Jim Gavin is a gentleman and a leader of people…. he shook hands with everyone that night with a humble, “Hello, my name is Jim” even though it was obvious everyone knew who he was. It was a privilege to meet and photograph him.

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Brendan and Bridget McAnallen greet Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Eglish’s Mattie McGleenan.

 

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It was glorious evening in Armagh on Tuesday and the cathedral looked as magnificent as ever.

 

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Jim Gavin with the Tyrone Campa Chormaic 10 year anniversary jersey. Also pictured is Paraic Martin and Mattie McGleenan.

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Tyrone Vs Dublin – 2014 Allianz GAA National League, Division 1

Tyrone and Dublin came up against each other on Sunday in the final Division 1 league group game of the year, the winner of the tie proceeding to a semi-final spot next weekend. A bumper crowd of approx 10,000 people turned up for the as always entertaining showdown between two of the biggest teams in Ireland at the minute.

But the jubilant atmosphere that had built up before the game disappeared quickly when Dublin hit the back of the net twice in the opening 70 seconds, the worst start that any team could experience. From that point Tyrone were chasing the game. Playing with a strong breeze in the first half didn’t help Tyrone either as the swirling wind made shooting very difficult for Tyrone’s attackers but some chances were still scorable none the least. As Tyrone got a couple of scores on the board, Michael Darragh Macauley ran and ran through the centre unopposed and slotted in a third Dublin goal to give them a 9 point advantage mid-way through the half.

After the break, Tyrone played a lot better football and for the 35 minutes they were the better side. Huge performances from Niall Morgan, Mattie Donnelly, Peter Harte and Martin Penrose saw them claw back the deficit point by point. Shay McGuigan was then brought down inside the square to give Tyrone a penalty which Harte netted superbly to cut the lead to 3. The Healy Park crowd really got behind the team from this point and Mattie Donnelly thought he had snatched a draw in the 71st minute with a long range point. But seconds later Diarmuid Connolly hit another fine score to give the points and the league semi final spot to the Dubs.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-15 Dublin 3-10.

Next time we will see Tyrone will be in the Ulster Championship opener in 5 weeks time when they take on Down. Let’s hope they can build on this second half performance and make it a successful summer of football.

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The Tyrone team that lined out on Sunday in Omagh.

 

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Diarmuid Connolly leads the current All-Ireland champions out to the field.

 

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It was a sunny day in Healy Park, Omagh although windy – I got this photo as the Tyrone team warmed up. Taken directly facing the sun, it can give a great silhouette effect.

 

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Referee Marty Duffy was the centre of attention on Sunday again!

 

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Tyrone Vs Westmeath – 2014 Allianz GAA National League, Division 1

Tyrone blew past newly promoted Division 1 team Westmeath on Sunday in Omagh with a big 14 point win, seven days after their disappointing defeat to Kerry in Killarney. A number of changes were made for this game then and all seemed to work fine despite a nervy opening 10 minutes from the home side.

With only a one point lead at HT however, Tyrone’s confidence grew in the second half with an early Sean Cavanagh goal followed by a second well placed shot into the bottom corner by Ronan O’Neill. Some great attacking performances from Ciaran McGinley, Mattie Donnelly, in his first half back position this year, Connor Mc Aliskey and Kyle Coney with Niall Morgan hitting some delightful points yet again.

Full time score; Tyrone 2-23 Westmeath 1-12.

Tyrone’s next two games, against Cork and Dublin, will be pivotal if they are to secure a place in the league semi-finals.

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The Westmeath team line out in Healy Park, Omagh.

 

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Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh, referee Barry Cassidy and Westmeath captain Paul Sharry.

 

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Callum Mc Cormack gets his hand into the face of Conor Clarke.

 

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Shay Mc Guigan on the attack for Tyrone.

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Kildare Vs Tyrone – 2014 Allianz GAA National League, Division 1

Sunday’s NFL Division 1 game between Tyrone and Kildare will be talked about for many years following a Tyrone comeback of Rocky Balboa proportions in Kildare’s homeground of St Conleth’s Park.

On the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of Cormac McAnallen, Tyrone arrived with 3 points from a possible 4 and they were hoping to come away with another two to secure their position in Division 1 for next year. But this script didn’t go to plan as within the first nine minutes of the match, Kildare raced into a 0-07 to no score lead. Tyrone’s full forward line were mere extras in the whole game. Things didn’t get any better when Peter Harte was shown the black card too in the 20th minute. However, upcoming Eglish player Emmett McKenna struck a fine goal to reduce the lead and a series of Kildare mistakes in the closing 10 minutes of the half meant that Ronan O’Neill, Darren McCurry and Niall Morgan all popped the ball over the bar to make it 0-13 to 1-09 at HT.

Tomas O’Connor fisted an early second goal for Kildare to make the gap 4 points again which meant Tyrone were facing another up-hill battle. Sean Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly and sub Mark Donnelly reduced the deficit down to 1 again with 15 minutes to go. But Kildare never let Tyrone level the scoreboard and with Paddy Brophy and Eoghan O’Flaherty adding further points, the game was virtually over with 5 in it and 5 minutes to go. But a bad sideline Kildare ball allowed Tyrone to break free which ended in Ronan O’Neill scoring a goal and with 1 added minute announced over the loudspeaker, Mattie Donnelly broke forward again and the ball found Mark Donnelly who somehow got the ball into the net. The collective groan from the Kildare crowd was something else…..just like the cheers and laughs from the Tyrone supporters!

And that’s how the game ended….. a fantastic 5 point turnaround in the final 3 minutes of the game. A great away result for Tyrone which was well worth the journey to Kildare.

Full time score; Kildare 1-21 Tyrone 3-16.

Below are my photos…..very happy with this set of pics from the day.

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Sean Cavanagh leads the players out of the changing rooms in Newbridge.

 

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Mickey Harte and Tony Donnelly receive a round of applause as they walk onto the field.

 

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The Tyrone team line out in Newbridge.

 

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Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan.

 

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The Tyrone players and Mickey Harte stand for the national anthem.

 

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Tyrone Vs Cavan – 2014 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup Final

Tyrone retained the Dr. McKenna Cup on Wednesday night following a hard fought 7 point win over Cavan in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

Three weeks after the final was originally meant to have taken place and a couple of venue changes later, both teams had the experience of getting two league games over them with Tyrone having the extra advantage of meeting Division 1 teams Mayo and Derry. However, with the Sigerson finals on this weekend, Tyrone had to play the game without ace forwards Connor McAliskey, Ronan O’Neill and Mattie Donnelly who were all in action for UUJ and Darren McCurry who was out through flu. But with the inclusion of Mark Donnelly, Sean Cavanagh, PJ Quinn and Kyle Coney, who all made their first McKenna Cup starts this year, it meant that there was more than enough quality to replace them with.

Cavan started the game, and indeed the first half, the strongest with points from Bernard Dunne and Eugene Keatings putting them into a 3 point to no score lead. Niall Morgan scored a few frees to keep Tyrone in contention but Cavan continued to tackle and play hard and points from Keatings put them 0-08 to 0-04 ahead with HT approaching. A tap in goal from Plunkett Kane following some good work from Mark Donnelly allowed Tyrone to go in level at the break.

Tyrone played with the breeze in the second half and started with great gusto – Paddy McNiece broke free on two occasions only to see the ball go narrowly over the crossbar rather than into the back of the net. Cavan, down to 14 men by this stage, were now finding to difficult to control the power of Sean Cavanagh in midfield, the pacey runs of PJ Lavery and the shooting power of Kyle Coney and they ran out comfortable winners by 7 points on the night and Dr McKenna Cup winners for the third successive year.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-15 Cavan 0-11.

Below are my pics from the game.

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Tyrone are holders of the Dr McKenna Cup for the third year in a row.

 

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The Tyrone starting fifteen players on Wednesday night.

 

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Martin Dunne knocks over an early score.

 

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Ryan McKenna in command in the back line for Tyrone.

 

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