Tyrone Vs Kerry – 2013 GAA Allianz Football League, Division 1

Tyrone’s final league group game took place on Sunday against arch rivals (but really best buddies!) Kerry. This was a must win game for Kerry if they wanted to stay in Division 1 whereas Tyrone were only playing for pride and experience against one of the top 4 teams in Ireland as they have already reached the Division 1 semi finals. A 10,000+ crowd packed into Healy Park for the televised game.

Kerry, as expected, started with all guns blazing, scoring points from every angle with the help of the considerable breeze. Colm Cooper, playing in half forward, delivered some lovely passes into Kieran Donaghy, Declan and Darran O’Sullivan and they penetrated the Tyrone defence multiple times and could have had a goal or two with their work. Their opening goal in fact though came from half back Tomas O’Se which left Tyrone a massive 12 point deficit at HT on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-05.

In the second half, Tyrone used the breeze to their advantage and they weren’t long clawing back Kerry’s lead. Martin Penrose, Stephen O’Neill, Joe Mc Mahon, Conor Gormley and Conor Clarke soon roused the home crowd and the Red Hands were soon 8 points behind after Stephen O’Neill’s goal, then 7, 6, 5, then 4. It was all building up to an exciting climax! Referee Martin Duffy however was slow to get play resumed after some prolonged ‘injuries’ from the Kerry men to the frustration of the crowd. Tyrone kept pushing in the 4 minutes of injury time and Mark Donnelly managed to palm the ball into the net to make it a one point game but the clock eventually beat Tyrone and they were edged out on final score of 2-12 to Kerry’s 1-16.

This result meant that Kerry stay in Division 1 for 2014. Tyrone will play Kildare again next Sunday in the Allianz Division 1 semi final in Croke Park, this game was certainly great preparation for it.

Below are my photos from sandy Omagh!

The Kerry team line out in Healy Park.

The Kerry team line out in Healy Park.

 

Captains Stephen O'Neill and Eoin Brosnan shake hands before the game.

Captains Stephen O’Neill and Eoin Brosnan shake hands before the game.

 

Mark Donnelly warms up for Tyrone before the game.

Mark Donnelly warms up for Tyrone before the game.

 

Kerry's Paul Galvin takes a shot in the opening minutes.

Kerry’s Paul Galvin takes a shot in the opening minutes.

 

Kieran Donaghy lines up a shot for Kerry.

Kieran Donaghy lines up a shot for Kerry.

 

Kerry's Tomas O'Se fires for a goal for Kerry.

Kerry’s Tomas O’Se fires for a goal for Kerry.

 

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Darran O'Sullivan runs at pace towards the Tyrone goals.

Darran O’Sullivan runs at pace towards the Tyrone goals.

 

Darran O'Sullivan shoots for goal.

Darran O’Sullivan shoots for goal.

 

Tomas O'Se comes from the defence to attack for Kerry.

Tomas O’Se comes from the defence to attack for Kerry.

 

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Marc O'Se and Paddy Mc Niece clash.

Marc O’Se and Paddy Mc Niece clash.

 

Kieran Donaghy fists the ball in the air for Kerry and nearly scores a goal.

Kieran Donaghy fists the ball in the air for Kerry and nearly scores a goal.

 

Jonathan Lyne takes off down the wing.

Jonathan Lyne takes off down the wing.

 

Jonathan Lyne lines up another point for Kerry in the first half.

Jonathan Lyne lines up another point for Kerry in the first half.

 

Darran O'Sullivan passes the ball across Tyrone's goals.

Darran O’Sullivan passes the ball across Tyrone’s goals.

 

Tomas O'Se palms the ball into the net past Niall Morgan.

Tomas O’Se palms the ball into the net past Niall Morgan.

 

Colm Cooper checks to see where the posts are.

Colm Cooper checks to see where the posts are.

 

Clearing the ball from the Kerry defence at the start of the second half.

Clearing the ball from the Kerry defence at the start of the second half.

 

Martin Penrose leaves his opponent in the dust.

Martin Penrose leaves his opponent in the dust.

 

Stephen O'Neill scores Tyrone's first goal.

Stephen O’Neill scores Tyrone’s first goal.

 

Stephen O'Neill celebrates his goal.

Stephen O’Neill celebrates his goal.

 

Conor Clarke in action in the air for Tyrone.

Conor Clarke in action in the air for Tyrone.

 

Martin Penrose stays on his feet.

Martin Penrose stays on his feet.

 

A high ball into the Kerry square.

A high ball into the Kerry square.

 

Conor Gormley scores a great point from distance.

Conor Gormley scores a great point from distance.

 

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More action in and around midfield at Healy Park, Omagh.

More action in and around midfield at Healy Park, Omagh.

 

Conor Clarke scores the first of his two points of the day.

Conor Clarke scores the first of his two points of the day.

 

Joe McMahon and Paul Galvin contend for the loose ball.

Joe McMahon and Paul Galvin contend for the loose ball.

 

Paul Galvin in action in mud-air against Joe McMahon.

Paul Galvin in action in mud-air against Joe McMahon.

 

Kieran Donaghy and Conor Clarke reach for the ball.

Kieran Donaghy and Conor Clarke reach for the ball.

 

One of the TG4 cameras recording Sunday's game at Healy Park.

One of the TG4 cameras recording Sunday’s game at Healy Park.

 

Tyrone's Stephen O'Neill is surrounded by the Kerry defence.

Tyrone’s Stephen O’Neill is surrounded by the Kerry defence.

 

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Sean Cavanagh is tackled whilst on the attack.

Sean Cavanagh is tackled whilst on the attack.

 

Mark Donnelly moves forward at speed.

Mark Donnelly moves forward at speed.

 

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Stephen O'Neill shoots in injury time to clinch a draw or victory.

Stephen O’Neill shoots in injury time to clinch a draw or victory.

 

Sean Cavanagh shoots again at the Kerry nets.

Sean Cavanagh shoots again at the Kerry nets.

 

Tyrone celebrate Mark Donnelly's injury time goal only for the final whistle to be blown seconds later.

Tyrone celebrate Mark Donnelly’s injury time goal only for the final whistle to be blown seconds later.

 

Referee Martin Duffy leaves the field after blowing the full  time whistle.

Referee Martin Duffy leaves the field after blowing the full time whistle.

 

Sean Cavanagh signs autographs at the Tyrone family day after the game.

Sean Cavanagh signs autographs at the Tyrone family day after the game.

 

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