Tyrone Vs Armagh

Hello everyone and welcome to my first ever blog!

It’s always good to start on a high so I’m choosing to write my first blog about Tyrone’s fantastic win over Armagh last Saturday in Round 3 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers. As Tyrone were defeated by Donegal in the Ulster Championship a few weeks prior to this, it was a must-win game for Tyrone but as everyone knows there is a lot of bitter rivalry between the neighbouring counties.

It was a gorgeous day on Saturday and massive crowds were expected for Healy Park, Omagh …. a home tie for Tyrone but as many know this didn’t really prove a major advantage as they have had their faire share of defeats here in the past.

Throw in was at 7pm which meant that there was a lovely colour to the sun and the sky as the players took to the field.

Ricey Mc Menamin and Stevie (from Killeavy) Mc Donnell meet each other again.

In the first 15 minutes, Armagh took an early lead and Tyrone squandered quite a few scoring opportunities… a certain case of deja-vu was setting in!

Tyrone's Sean O'Neill slices his goal opportunity wide of the post as the Armagh defence smirk a sigh of relief.

But low and behold, the change came from the most unlikely source – full-back Joe Mc Mahon came up the field and let Armagh goalkeeper, Paul Hearty, know he was there. After a complete fumble by Hearty, Peter Harte collected the ball and passed to an unmarked Joe Mc Mahon for his second ever Championship goal – what a legend!

Joe Mc Mahon celebrates his goal.

A few more Tyrone scores followed and they went in at half time 4 points ahead.

Brian Mc Guigan shoots for a point.

 

The second half started the same as the first – Armagh came out and scored three points on the trot. But Tyrone settled down to their game plan and had Armagh’s key men all marked thanks excellent performances from Joe Mc Mahon, Conor Gormley, Martin Swift and Justin Mc Mahon to name a few.

 

Jamie Clarke and Martin Swift collide - one of my favourite shots from the game.

 

Philip Jordan and Jamie Clarke contest for possession.

Tyrone largely dominated possession in the second half but Armagh did have chances to narrow the gap, none more than Oisin Mc Conville’s shot on goal which was adjudged to have been blocked by Joe Mc Mahon’s foot resulting in a penalty.

As this happened on the same sideline that I was sitting, I grabbed my other camera and ran behind the nets to capture the penalty. Ideally I would have liked to swap to a slightly wider lens but I didn’t have time. Thankfully for Tyrone, Stevie Mc Donnell blasted his penalty over the bar for a point. It just wasn’t meant to be for Armagh.

Stevie Mc Donnell unusually misses the target and blasts his penalty over the bar for a point.

The bite in the game effectively fizzled out after this and Tyrone came our easy winners by 6 points thanks to an excellent team performance.

In the Tyrone cool-down after the game, I managed to capture a candid moment between Mickey Harte and Joe Mc Mahon …. another one of my favourites from the game.

The expression on Mickey Harte's face says it all... well done Joe on another fantastic game!

Now for Tyrone it’s onto Croke Park for a Round 4 tie against Roscommon on Saturday. All being well, I will be there too… Tir Eoghain Abú!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted 29/07/2011 at 1:24 pm by Migel | Permalink

    Congratulations on the new website and blog Damien. It all looks great!

  2. Posted 29/07/2011 at 8:03 pm by Janine | Permalink

    Well done D!! :-) It all looks fantastic, I love your first blog. Congratulations! x

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