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ALLIANZ CUMANN Na mBUNSCOL BOYS’ INDOOR FOOTBALL HEAT 2/3

Wednesday 29.01.2020
Team Talk Mag
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Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thír Eoghain held the second Heat of its 2020 Boys’ Indoor Football competition in Omagh’s wonderful Station Centre. Five schools, with two weather apologies, competed in an action-packed day of tremendous football, providing plenty of excitement.

The format of the day’s play saw 10 matches played in a round-robin basis, where each team got 4 games apiece. We had schools from Omagh Integrated P.S., St. Ronan’s P.S. Recarson, St. Scire’s P.S. Trillick, St. Lawrence’s P.S. Fintona and Our Lady of Lourdes P.S. Greencastle.

There wasn’t a great deal between the teams with many games ending in draws or single-goal wins. Omagh, Recarson and Greencastle deserve great credit for their endeavours and tremendous spirit in their matches but narrowly missed-out on qualification to the final stage.

However, two schools proved to have just that little bit extra on the day: St. Scire’s P.S. Trillick with 3 wins and St. Lawrence’s P.S. Fintona with a perfect record of 4 wins from 4. Indeed, these two schools progressed to contest the Heat Final.

When they met earlier in the round-robin stages, Fintona prevailed by the odd goal in three on a 2:1 scoreline. Our final was equally close. Trillick largely fielded a skilful P6 side but, despite a huge effort, Master Gallagher’s side succumbed to a more experienced Fintona team 3:1. What a great game by both teams. Ultimately, though, it is Master McMullan’s St. Lawrence’s P.S. Fintona who progress to the Co. Final in March. We wish them well. Ádh mór oraibh.

Thanks to our referee Brian McGinn for his expert officiating and to the friendly staff of Omagh Station Centre. Damian Kelly (Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thír Eoghain) ensured the smooth running of the day’s games.


Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thír Eoghain held its third heat of the annual 5-a-side Boys’ Indoor Gaelic Football for Tyrone primary schools in Omagh’s splendid Station Centre. Nine local schools entered teams for this qualifying heat meaning a draw took place to form 2 sections.

Section ‘A’ contained teams from St. Patrick’s P.S. Eskra; current champions St. Teresa’s P.S. Loughmacrory; St. Caireall’s P.S. Aghyaran; Strathroy’s Christ The King P.S. and St. Joseph’s P.S. Drumquin. Loughmacrory boys were very impressive in topping the section with a perfect 4 wins from 4 whilst Eskra claimed the runners-up spot registering 3 good wins to join St. Teresa’s in the semi-finals. Therefore, Christ The King, Drumquin and Aghyaran just missed out on qualifying despite some super displays.

Section ‘B’ comprised teams from St. Oliver Plunkett P.S. Beragh; Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh, Srath Bán; All Saints’ P.S. Tattysallagh and St. Mary’s P.S. Killyclogher. The lads from Killyclogher topped their section with a perfect 3 wins from 3 whilst the Beragh boys joined them in the semi-finals as group runners-up. Alas for Tattysallagh and Gaelscoil qualification was just out of reach despite playing some fabulous football.

In the semi-finals the Section winners proved just too strong for their opponents. Loughmacrory advanced to the heat Final by seeing-off a brave Beragh. Meanwhile, the other Section winners Killyclogher advanced against a skilful Eskra.

Killyclogher and Loughmacrory gave us an exhilarating Final. Both teams were determined to do their best and that was exactly what they did in a superb 5-goal game. The attitude, aptitude and skill on show from all the lads would do your heart good to witness. Ultimately, after the proverbial end-to-end battle, Master McCullagh and Master Gallagher’s lads maintained their 100% record as they narrowly overcame (3-2) Master Stephen O’ Neill’s talented St. Mary’s lads – but they can be very proud of their tremendous efforts on the day. Meanwhile, a well-earned Tyrone Indoor Football County Final spot awaits the St. Teresa’s lads in March. Business as usual for this committed GAA school.

We wish them well. Ádh mór oraibh.

Thanks to our referee Brian McGinn and to the friendly staff of Omagh Station Centre. Mickey Quinn (Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thír Eoghain) ensured the smooth running of the day’s games.

Well done, everyone! Go raibh maith agaibh.

Well done, everyone! Go raibh maith agaibh.

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