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									Moy Tir na nOg G.F.C. Notes (week comm 11/7/05)



Under 18 Championship Semi-Final

Moy 5-10 (25)

Omagh 2-21 (27)

Moy minors had their championship hopes dashed after extra-time in an epic semi-
final encounter against raging hot favourites Omagh, on Monday week last (4 July).
This is a game which will live long in the memory of all those who had the pleasure
of witnessing it and the Moy lads can count themselves most unfortunate not to have
at least forced a replay after eighty minutes plus of absorbing action at Killeeshil.

A wonderful advertisement for Grade Two minor football in Tyrone, this was a match
which had just about everything. Seven goals, thirty one points, thrilling end-to-end
passages of play, high drama and two very evenly-matched teams whose
determination and commitment levels on the night were exemplary. It was just a pity
there had to be a loser as supporters from both clubs, not to mention quite a few
neutrals, would have loved the opportunity to see these two sides go head to head
for a second time.

That Moy even managed to put it up to a highly fancied Omagh outfit is a credit to
the Tir na nOg players and management. Seamus Prunty's young charges bounced
back well from the disappointment of narrowly missing out on the knock-out stages
of the league to come within a whisker of reaching the championship decider.
Buoyed by a first round victory away to near neighbours Eglish after extra-time and a
facile win at home to lowly Drumragh in the quarter-finals, Moy entered the last four
of this competition in a very positive manner. The boys were also very well prepared
and always felt they were capable of springing a major surprise.

Three first half goals from Colm Quinn, Matt Murren and Padraig Laverty reflected
Moy's confidence as the underdogs took the game to their opponents from the
outset. Moy enjoyed a commanding lead during those opening thirty minutes but
were pegged back just before the break when Omagh scored a goal from the penalty
spot. The Sky Blues still led by three points at half-time and, midway through a
closely contested second half, had an extra advantage when one of the Omagh
players was shown a red card. However, the St Endas were providing much sterner
opposition during this period and, despite conceding two further goals to brothers
Padraig and Conall Laverty, were within striking distance of Moy entering the closing
stages of normal time. Just when it looked as if Moy were about to hold on for a
famous victory, Omagh landed a late equalising point to bring the game into extra-
time.

The score read Moy 5-7 Omagh 2-16 at the end of sixty minutes and it was going to
be a major test of character and fitness for both teams as they prepared to enter two
more additional periods of play. Moy suffered a major blow at the start of extra-time
with the loss of central defender Martin Kernan and, although they put in a massive
effort, lady luck was not on the side of the Tir na nOgs as they slipped to a narrow
two point defeat. Final Score: Moy 5-10 Omagh 2-21. Despite losing, all of the Moy
players can be proud of the fact that they performed extremely well on the night.
Seamus Prunty and his squad were gallant in defeat and proved very capable of
playing at this level.

Team & Scorers: Talal Jomar; Brian Kelly, Thomas Conlon, James Kavanagh; Chris
Burns, Martin Kernan, Benny Martin; Colm Cavanagh (0-2) and Padraig Laverty
(capt, 2-6); Conall Laverty (1-0), Anthony Rafferty (0-1), Stephen Hetherington (0-1);
Colm Quinn (1-0), Matt Murren (1-0), Hugo Mackle. Sub used: Mark Dynes.

Under 16 League (Grade Four)

Aghaloo 2-10

Moy 10-16

Moy juveniles, who lost to Moortown in their opening league game, bounced back in
tremendous fashion last week to record their first victory of the season away to
Aghaloo. Ryan O'Neill's young charges got off the mark in Grade Four with a
fabulous free-scoring display and will now look to the remainder of the league
programme with great confidence.

Mark McCann top scored for Moy, kicking four goals and a number of points, but it
was a terrific all round team display which earned the Sky Blue U-16s a landslide
win. A small but battling Aghaloo outfit played their part in a very high scoring affair
which saw Moy emerge victorious on a scoreline of 10-16 to 2-10. League Record:
Played 2, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 1, Points 2.

A summary of the Moy v Stewartstown game, played on Thursday night of this week,
will be included in next week's notes. Moy's next match in the Under 16 league will
be at home to Derrytresk on Thursday 21 July at 7.45pm.

Under 14 Championship Final

Moy 0-8

Rock 2-4

Moy's quest for Under 14 Championship glory ended in final defeat last Tuesday
week (5 July) when the boys went down to Rock by two points in a tense decider at
Moortown. There was a late switch of date and venue for this game which saw Rock
finally get the better of Moy at the third attempt, having lost by a point and drawn
against the young Sky Blues in the league this season.

Amazingly, neither of the Grade Three championship finalists had made it through to
the knock-out stages of the league competition. Both Rock and Moy had finished
outside the top four in their league section but reserved their very best football for the
championship and made it through to last week's decider on merit. These two ever
improving sides accounted for some strong and fancied opposition on their way to
the final and it was Rock, having finished bottom of the league table, who upset all
the odds to clinch the championship trophy.

On a wet and dreary evening at the loughshore, Moy could not repeat the form which
saw off Eglish in the last eight and league champions Brackaville in the semi-finals.
The Moy boys, coming off the back of a superb win against Brackaville just three
days earlier, found it difficult to break down a solid Rock side. Their previous two
encounters in the league proved to be very tight affairs and the final was no
exception as little separated the teams in a low-scoring encounter.

Rock, coached by injured Tyrone star and All-Ireland winner Ciaran Gourley, made
the most of their chances on the night to secure the title. There is a well known
adage in Gaelic football that goals win matches and it certainly proved to be the case
in this instance as Rock grabbed the only two major scores in this game to triumph
over the opposition. The Tir na nOgs, on the other hand, had no luck whatsoever in
front of goal as they struck the woodwork on more than one occasion. In fact, Moy
enjoyed little or no good fortune on the night and it was a bitterly disappointed group
of players and mentors who reflected on what might have been at the final whistle. A
valiant Moy side had tried its very best to bring some silverware back to the banks of
the river Blackwater but, in the end, it was Rock who celebrated a memorable 2-4 to
0-8 win.

Despite the disappointment of falling at the final hurdle, everyone associated with the
Moy Under 14 squad can look back on a very productive season. The players
showed immense improvement throughout the league and championship
campaigns, scoring some notable victories and producing much good football along
the way. Well done to the entire panel and their managers for their efforts this
season - they certainly did the club proud.

Under 12 League (Grade Three)

Moy 2-7

Loughmacrory 2-10

Moy Under 12s came up against a much bigger Loughmacrory side at Pairc Thir na
nOg on Monday evening past (11 July) and, at the end of a very enjoyable contest
played in very warm sunshine, only just lost out by three points. Kieran Lavery and
Raymond Kelly's boys turned in a fine performance all through while Martin Conroy
proved to be a sensible and impartial referee.

The home side had several of their leading players away on holiday but still
succeeded in taking the game to their opponents for much of the first half and held a
deserving one point lead (1-4 to 0-6) at the interval. Stefan Lavery, who had starred
for the Tyrone Primary School team at Croke Park a day earlier, was Moy's top
scorer with a personal tally of 1-3. However, despite further scores from the
McConville twins at midfield and Declan Conroy in attack, Moy were eventually
overhauled by the taller Loughmacrory lads in the second half and fell to a 2-7 to 2-
10 defeat.
Team & Scorers: Adam Hughes; Joseph Daly, John Miller; Daniel Beaddie, Jack
Kelly, Daryl Mills; Niall McConville (0-2) and Mark McConville (1-1); Declan Conroy
(0-1), Stefan Lavery (1-3), Jack Donaghy; Jack McDonald, Ross Lavery. Sub used:
Joe McMahon.

Under 10 Blitz

The holiday season clearly took its toll on last Saturday morning's Under 10 Blitz,
organised by Tyrone Youth Committee and hosted by Moy GFC. Only three of the
clubs down to play in section G made an appearance but there was still a feast of
exciting action as Moy, Aghaloo and Stewartstown took part in a series of games.
Each of the three teams played twice with home side Moy winning both of their
matches and finishing top of the section.

It was the second month in succession that Moy's talented group of Under 10 players
had topped their group, indicating also the good work done by their coaches and
mentors in recent times. Co-ordinators Mary Daly and Paul Mellon once again
ensured the smooth and effective running of this underage blitz and thanks also to
the referees for their participation last weekend. Players, supporters and mentors
from all three clubs were treated to tea and sandwiches in the clubrooms after the
event.

Snippets

Moy senior and reserve footballers return to league duty this Sunday (17 July) with a
double home fixture against Killeeshil in Division 1B. Throw-in time for the senior
match is 3.45pm, while the reserve game will get underway at 2.15pm.

Very hard luck to Philly, Sean, Ryan and all of the Tyrone senior squad and
management who came so close to winning the Ulster title at Croke Park, last
weekend. The Red Hands ruled the roost for much of the final against neighbouring
rivals Armagh but were denied by a late smash and grab act from the Orchard
raiders. Hopefully, Tyrone will get their just rewards in the replay at Croker on
Saturday week.

Meanwhile, Moy Tir na nOg GFC was also proudly represented on Ulster Final day
last Sunday by young Stefan Lavery, who took part in the Primary School mini-
exhibition match. A talented member of this year's Moy U-12 and U-14 teams, Stefan
lined out in the Tyrone colours and displayed some of his vast array of skills in front
of the huge crowd at Croke Park. Let's hope we see him back at this great venue in
the not too distant future.

Ladies News

The seniors have two league games coming up over the next week, on Saturday
night and Monday night. Girls will be notified of times and pre-match arrangements.

Training continues at the usual times for all the girls. As the semi-final of the
championship against Loughmacrory is fast approaching, all team members are
urged to attend these sessions.
Underage training continues as normal.

                                     *********

Colin Mackle (P.R.O.)

Ceann Ban, Kilmore, Moy

028 38 891691

								
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