Roscommon Vs Tyrone – 2012 GAA Senior All-Ireland Qualifier

A decent number of Tyrone supporters made the long journey down through the midlands on Saturday to see Tyrone take on Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park in the 2nd round of the All-Ireland qualifiers. After their narrow defeat to Donegal in the Ulster Championship a couple of weeks ago, Tyrone were eager to get back to winning ways or else it would be a short footballing summer.

Before the game got under way, it was announced that captain Stephen O’Neill wouldn’t be starting the game giving Urney man Johnny Lafferty his first Senior Championship start in a Tyrone jersey. Tyrone got off to a good start with the breeze with points from Joe Mc Mahon and Owen Mulligan but Roscommon soon hit back with points from Donnie Shine and Seanan Kilbride. Roscommon could have been further ahead towards the end of the first period if they have been more accurate with their shooting but Tyrone further punished them with further points before half time from Johnny Lafferty and Mulligan. Tyrone were 0-07 to 0-04 up at half time but were not playing well at all.

In the second half, Tyrone played against the breeze but they played a lot better – a darting run through the centre of the Roscommon defence and into the square from Mark Donnelly resulted in him being pulled to the ground and a penalty being awarded. Peter Harte coolly converted it to the bottom corner and the game was effectively over from that point on. This allowed Mickey Harte to experiment with a few things and on came Edendork’s Darren Mc Curry (making his senior Championship debut) for Lafferty. Mc Curry struck a point with his first touch in the game and added 3 more super scores soon after…. he was soon catching a lot of attention in Dr Hyde Park and raising a lot of eyebrows! Niall Mc Kenna also came on and scored a point and narrowly missed a goal and Brian Mc Guigan came on and created some good scoring opportunities.

Tyrone thankfully eased to a 1-16 to 0-08 victory and now progress onto Round 3 of the qualifiers and will play Kerry in Killarney on Saturday. It wasn’t a great game but the major highlight of the afternoon was the emergence of Darren Mc Curry who let everyone know what he is capable of when given the opportunity… let’s hope this won’t be the last we see of him this year in a Tyrone jersey!

Tyrone –P McConnell, A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin, C McCarron, C Gormley, Sean O’Neill [0-1], Joe McMahon [0-2], C Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, P Harte [1-0], M Penrose [0-2], J Lafferty [0-1], O Mulligan [0-5]. Subs – R McMenamin for McCarron, B McGuigan for Mark Donnelly, A Cassidy for Cavanagh, N McKenna [0-1] for Penrose, D McCurry [0-4] for Lafferty

Again these are all my photos from the match;


Stephen O’Neill warms up before the game but was a last minute omission – instead Urney man Johnny Lafferty (behind him) took his place.


Tyrone goalkeepers (and two gentlemen) Pascal Mc Connell and John Devine warm up with a few practice shots at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon.


Colin Compton runs with the ball for Roscommon.



Sean O’Neill looks for options.


Conor Clarke fists the ball away.


Colin Compton plays the ball forward for Roscommon.




The ball gets caught between Cathal Mc Carron’s legs.


Conor Gormley stretches ahead and retrieves the ball for Tyrone.


Dermot Carlin braces himself for a shoulder challenge from Colin Compton.


Seanan Kilbride shrugs off Colm Cavanagh.




Sean O’Neill stands up to Roscommon’s Donie Shine during a verbal exchange.



Conor Clarke sees the opportunity to steal the ball from Donie Shine.


Dermot Carlin cleans up for Tyrone in defence.


Martin Penrose accelerates past his Roscommon opponent.



Mark Donnelly meets the last line of defence for any team…. the goalkeeper!


… but is eventually pulled down inside the square giving Tyrone a penalty.


Peter Harte sends the goalkeeper the wrong way and puts Tyrone into a comfortable lead.


Roscommon’s Ian Kilbride tries to silence Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly.




Tyrone senior championship debutant Darren Mc Curry scores a point with his first touch in the game.


Mugsy gives Darren Mc Curry a cheeky slap on the arse after his point.


Owen Mulligan and Sean Mc Dermott get in a tussle much to the enjoyment of Mugsy.


Owen Mulligan tell the referee his side of the story before he gets a yellow card.


Niall Mc Kenna narrowly misses a goal opportunity for Tyrone.


Ryan Mc Menamin congratulates Darren Mc Curry at the end of the game.


Tyrone assistant manager Tony Donnelly gives manager Mickey Harte a supportive hug at the end of the game after a harrowing number of weeks for the Harte and Mc Areavey families.




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