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CLUB| Clonoe Edge Allstar Game

Monday 28.12.2015
Team Talk Mag

View images from the All Star game here

Blustery conditions failed to spoil the historic Teamtalk All Stars versus Clonoe O’Rahillys tie at O’Rahilly Park on Holiday Monday. Tyrone boss Mickey Harte took charge of a strong all star fifteen that included players from each of the three divisions of the Tyrone All County League.  Every one of them can take great pride in their performances as to a man they really stepped up to the mark in what was a thriller of a game.

County manager Harte is sure to have gone home with food for thought following some strong indiviual displays with the likes of Conan Grugan, Ronan McHugh, Sean Murphy and Emmett O’Neill all turning in fine displays while the work rate of Mark Bradley, Eoin Gormley and Conor McAliskey was exceptional on a heavy sod.

Tyrone Division One winners Clonoe may have taken the spoils on the day by four points on a 4-12 to 3-11 score line but the real winners were the charities who will benefit from a gate of £2,000. The bumper and appreciative crowd were entertained by a close and keenly contested encounter and far from this being just a challenge game there were plenty of big hits and some great scores as both sides showed great intensity throughout.

Conor McAliskey had a great outing netting a hat trick of goals in total, two in the first half for the All Stars and then a crunch 1-2 for his club side in the second period as the O’Rahillys just edged the win with a Patrick Doris goal proving the key score with three minutes to go.

The All stars led 3-4 to 0-3 after a great opening twenty minutes which saw a fine brace of goals from McAliskey while Lee Brennan, Mark Bradley and Conan Grugan were among the points. PJ Lavery and Conor Hughes pulled goals back for the home side which left just three points between the teams at the break.

Coney and McAliskey led the Clonoe fightback latching on points and McAliskey added a crucial goal and by the last quarter they had levelled matters at 3-10 apiece. Lee Brennan and Sean Murphy kept the Teamtalk tally ticking over on the scoreboard and with the visitors creating plenty of openings, Bradley, Murphy and McShane all went close for goals.

Doris rattled in that late goal which ultimately proved decisive although Niall Morgan , fresh from the bench scored two late all star points. A great spectacle for the big crowd and the seed sown for what should surely become an annual festive clash.

Many thanks to all those people who worked so hard to ensure Monday’s fixture went ahead: the players on both sides, the Clonoe management and club officials as well as catering staff, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and Coaching Officer Benny Hurl, County Physio Michael Harte, the team of match officials under the guidance of match referee Shane Meehan and O’Neills International Sports MD Kieran Kennedy. Not forgetting the huge crowd that turned up to watch the game and support the chosen charities.



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