Tyrone Vs Derry – 2014 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup Semi Final

Tyrone booked their place in another Dr McKenna Cup final with a narrow 3 point victory over Derry on Sunday.

Tyrone began where they left off on Wednesday night when with only 20 seconds on the clock, Niall McKenna fired in a goal to give them an immediate advantage. The home side then raced into a 1-04 to no score lead but for the last 15 minutes of the half, it was Derry who were probably the stronger side. Shot after shot from Derry was either kicked wide or short and they also had at least 2 goal chances which somehow didn’t go into the net. But it was Tyrone that went at the break 1-06 to 0-05 ahead.

In the second half, Mattie Donnelly broke into the square and was pulled down and it was Peter Harte who struck home his second penalty of the week into the back of the net to restore a 7 point lead. However Brian McIver’s side refused to lie down and they fought back to within 3 points following scores from Declan Mullan and James Kielt. But Tyrone held for a 3 point win which will see them take on Cavan in the Dr McKenna Cup final in Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Saturday evening…… a venue and team Tyrone haven’t had the best record against in recent years of minor and U21 football.

Full time score; Tyrone 2-13 Derry 1-13.

Below are my photos from the match, all taken on Canon gear.

Arriving onto Healy Park, Omagh.

Arriving onto Healy Park, Omagh.

 

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The Tyrone management of Tony Donnelly, Mickey Harte and Gavin Devlin.

The Tyrone management of Tony Donnelly, Mickey Harte and Gavin Devlin.

 

Conor Clarke warms uop before the game.

Conor Clarke warms up before the game.

 

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Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

 

Conan Grugan claims the ball for Tyrone.

Conan Grugan claims the ball for Tyrone.

 

An early shot at the Tyrone posts for Derry.

An early shot at the Tyrone posts for Derry.

 

Niall Holly leads an attack for Derry from midfield.

Niall Holly leads an attack for Derry from midfield.

 

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Sean Leo McGoldrick breaks away for Derry.

Sean Leo McGoldrick breaks away for Derry.

 

Ronan McNamee sustains a knock to the head.

Ronan McNamee sustains a knock to the head.

 

Derry's Declan Mullan.

Derry’s Declan Mullan.

 

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Ciaran McGoldrick takes a shot for Derry despite the best attempts of Ryan McKenna.

Ciaran McGoldrick takes a shot for Derry despite the best attempts of Ryan McKenna.

 

Barry Tierney under pressure for Tyrone.

Barry Tierney under pressure for Tyrone.

 

Declan Mullan and Conor Clarke go up against each other.

Declan Mullan and Conor Clarke go up against each other.

 

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Kevin Gallagher leaps to the air for Tyrone.

Kevin Gallagher leaps to the air for Tyrone.

 

Midfield action from Sunday's game.

Midfield action from Sunday’s game.

 

Aaron Kerrigan narrowly misses a goal chance for Derry.

Aaron Kerrigan narrowly misses a goal chance for Derry.

 

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Another near goal chance for Derry.

Another near goal chance for Derry.

 

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Connor McAliskey sees a chance for a score.

Connor McAliskey sees a chance for a score.

 

Peter Harte scores the second half penalty.

Peter Harte scores the second half penalty.

 

Mattie Donnelly leaps to get a hand to the ball.

Mattie Donnelly leaps to get a hand to the ball.

 

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Darren McCurry scores one of his six points.

Darren McCurry scores one of his six points.

 

Oisin Duffy leans into Conan Grugan.

Oisin Duffy leans into Conan Grugan.

 

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