Tyrone Masters play their semi final on Saturday in Dromard against Clare. Getting to this stage the team has played 6 games with the top four making the semis of the main competition the Dr Mick Loftus Cup.
First up for the Red Hands was an away game against Down which turned out to be a hesitant start to the defence of their title. Following a competitive game Tyrone came away with a win to kickstart their year.
Next up was Cavan in Clogher with a convincing win in this one spearheaded by the sharp shooting of Ollie Mc Creesh. The third game was a battle against the Dubs played at Inniskeen, A solid team performance on the day led to an 8 point victory and raised the bar for the rest of the qualifying games.
Next up for the Red Hands was a meeting with Antrim in Portglenone which resulted in another victory following a workmanlike showing from the Tyrone men. With two games in the league remaining game five saw Louth travel to Garvaghey and another victory set us up nicely for our final game v Donegal with both sides level at the top. A tense and at times tough battle ensued and Tyrone had a narrow victory to top the table on 12 points which resulted in the reigning champions being paired with Clare and the other semi between Dublin and Kerry.
A well balanced squad is in place this year led by Captain Conor Gormley and over the course of the qualifiers the team has benefitted from huge contributions from the likes of Ciaran Gourley, Aiden Brady, Damian Mc Devitt,Gary Coney in defence and in attack from Ollie Mc Creesh, Michael Anderson, Damian Kelly, Eoin Bradley.The entire panel has been used over the course of the six games and it is great to see the interest and the commitment levels from the entire group of players steered along the way by Damian, Joe, Eugene and Kieran.
Unfortunately the team has picked up a few injuries along the way which have limited the contributions of players like Liam Patterson, Stephen O’Neill and newcomer to the group Marty Mc Grath, with all 3 hoping to play a part in Saturday’s game. New additions to Masters football this year are the likes of Martin Grimes,KarolMc Quade, Damien Mc Devitt,Gary Coney,Aidan and Ollie Mc Creesh to name just a few.
Here’s hoping for a strong performance on Saturday and for the boys to make another final,Tir Eoghain abu.