Tyrone Vs Queen’s University Belfast

The new gaelic football season of 2012 began on Sunday just four weeks after the last competitive game of 2011 in Healy Park, Omagh as Tyrone took on the students of Queen’s University Belfast in Round 1 of the Dr. Mc Kenna Cup.

Although it didn’t resemble the Tyrone team that lined out in their All-Ireland 1/4 final defeat to Dublin in August, there was only the one d√©butante on the Tyrone starting fifteen as Jonathan Lafferty picked up the No.14 jersey…. the remaining players being a mixture of old and new faces from the past few years.

It took the game a good 10 minutes before it sparked to any real life at all. QUB made the brighter start in the first half as they completely opened up the Tyrone defence down the middle and should have had at least 2 goals, denied only by a John Devine save, an amazing Justin Mc Mahon clearance off the line and some overall poor finishing by the Queen’s students. At the other end of the field however, Tyrone’s Jonathan Lafferty, Mickey Murphy and Martin Penrose chipped over points leaving it; Tyrone 0-06 QUB 0-03 at half time.

Queen’s made the better start to the second half as they took advantage of space in the Tyrone back ¬†line to score a goal and draw level. Mickey Harte introduced some players soon after, including the senior debut for Omagh’s Ronan O’Neill and what a start he made as his first touch of leather resulted in the ball hitting the back of the net. Colm Cavanagh, Niall Mc Kenna and Peter Harte followed up with points as Tyrone went out 1-13 to 1-05 winners in a game that saw the Belfast students giving Tyrone plenty to work on for their next game against Antrim.

Martin Penrose leads Tyrone out onto Healy Park for the first game of 2012.


There were some familiar and not so familiar faces in the Tyrone lineup on Sunday.


Galbally's Mickey Murphy returned to the Tyrone squad again.


Donal O'Hare's shot beats John Devine but not Justy Mc Mahon as he clears the ball off the line.


Aidan Cassidy pulls back Queen's Sean Burke.


John Devine took over the No.1 jersey again after a period of niggling injuries.


Mickey Murphy narrrowly misses the back of the Queen's net.


Jonathan Lafferty gave one of the best Tyrone performances on Sunday.


Dermot Carlin looks for options in the second half for Tyrone.


Peter Harte takes off at blistering speed.


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  1. Posted 12/01/2012 at 11:06 pm by Sean Mc Meel | Permalink

    Congrats Deamo thIs site is class man it is a credit to u! Keep up the good work! Emyvale Abu! Monaghan Abu! lol!

    • Posted 12/01/2012 at 11:14 pm by Damien | Permalink

      Cheers Sean boy, we’ll get another game against ye’s this year no doubt lol. All the best

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