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Positive Twenty Four Hours For Tyrone Football

Sunday 27.01.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Weekends are generally busy times for the GAA and so it proved for followers of Tyrone Gaelic football this particular weekend. On Saturday night the Tyrone senior team travelled to Armagh to take on Monaghan in the Dr Mc Kenna Cup final and came away with a very convincing win. Less than twenty four hours later and Cookstown Fr Rocks came out on top in their All Ireland Intermediate semi final clash with Charlestown at Pearse Park Longford. Both wins point to the healthy state of football within the county but more importantly both were built on hard work, endeavour and total commitment.
Tyrone found their opponents in feisty mood on Saturday night’s Mc Kenna Cup final. Monaghan did their best to ruffle a few feathers with their very physical approach to the game. This was a largely experimental Tyrone team and the Farney boys must have been hoping that they could capitalise on this apparent lack of experience. However once Mickey Harte’s side settled to the task they produced a battling performance and enjoyed a comprehensive ten point win with some outstanding individual displays fusing into a very good team showing.
On a night when there were many positives Tyrone produced some superb football in spite of the difficult weather conditions. They created several goal scoring opportunities and managed to convert four of them. Manager Mickey Harte must surely have been delighted with the attitude and application shown by his team and will be in no doubt about the benefits of this very intensive game as his team prepares to face Down next Saturday night in their opening National League Division One fixture.
Cookstown can now turn their attention to another date in Croke Park where they will contest the all Ireland Intermediate Club final against Finuge of Kerry following their narrow win today. Once again the weather was far from ideal for good football but it did not take away from what was an intriguing but low scoring game. The Fr Rocks lads came from five points down to draw level in normal time before a point from county minor James Mc Gahan in extra time decided the outcome. It was a battling and committed showing from John Mc Keever’s side and one that will hopefully stand his team in good stead as they ready themselves for another tilt at all Ireland glory. All in all not a bad twenty four hours for the GAA in Tyrone.

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