Men's Senior and Reserve Teams
Training will continue for men's Senior and Reserve teams in Dunamanagh on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 8pm and 7.30pm respectively.
The Senior team made the journey to face Clogher Eire Óg on Sunday 27th July as action resumed in the Tyrone All-County League following a break for the holiday period. It was the visitors' first game since their Championship victory against Brocagh Emmetts and manager Niall "Barney" Conway made no fewer than four changes as Kevin Moran, Ryan Devine, Ciaran O'Kane and Brendan Conway came into the starting line-up at the expense of Cathal McGill, Adrian Ball, Dominic Devine and Sean O'Kane. For Kevin Moran and Ryan Devine it marked their first competitive starts of the season in the Senior side with both players eager to impress. The game was played on a wet, murky and overcast afternoon as the recent spell of warm weather disappeared.
The visitors enjoyed the benefit of a significant breeze in the first half and they set about creating a valuable lead. The attack was spearheaded by Brendan Conway with Niall Kerlin and Stephen O'Neill pulling the strings from deep and O'Neill was among those to record notable scores in the opening half as he kicked a wind assisted free from almost 60 metres. The visitors enjoyed a couple of goal chances in the opening period but unfortunately Niall Kerlin was unable to convert either as he was first denied by a smart stop from the home outfit's custodian before he sliced wide of the target with the final opportunity of the first period. Despite those missed opportunities the accuracy of Danny Ball Jr. had helped the visitors accumulate a 0-11 to 0-3 lead as the sides headed to the changing rooms.
At the commencement of the second half the hosts, now playing with the wind at the their backs, moved their rangy centre half-forward to the edge of the visitors' square which seemed to signal an impending aerial bombardment. The away side responded by moving midfielder Kevin Moran to a more defensive berth. The half began in listless fashion as Clogher Eire Óg struggled to build sustained pressure with the away team happy to keep them at arm's length. The sides traded scores with an eye catching effort from Ryan Devine particularly significant. Alarmingly for the visitors however they gradually began to retreat into their collective defensive shells and allowed the hosts to gradually chip away at the deficit. Indeed it seemed that they were going to be punished for their negative approach when the home side grabbed a goal with eight minutes remaining to reduce the arrears to only two points.
Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh however responded positively to this set back and Niall Kerlin went a long way to atoning for his first half misses when his composed finish saw the visitors raise a green flag with five minutes left on the watch. Brendan Conway was redeployed to an unfamiliar position at full-back to help repeal any late danger but they still required a smart stop from goalkeeper Patrick McGonigle in the closing stages as they hung on to record a 1-14 to 1-9 victory. The game also saw a first Senior appearance for promising youngster Tony Devine who was introduced as a second half substitute in an effort to wrestle back control in midfield.
Meanwhile the Reserve team, who were without their captain Stephen O'Neill (Stoneyfalls) and were led in his absence by Ruairí Blee, were seeking to keep their good league form going with the Championship in sight. The game saw Niall O'Neill and Terence McGaughey make their returns from recent injury lay-offs and the visitors, playing into the breeze in the first half, set about their task with relish. Marc Henry and Damien Ball both caused bother in the full-forward line before the latter was withdrawn due to a hamstring injury. By that time Sean O'Kane had grabbed the game's opening goal from close range and a second major for the visitors followed as Niall O'Neill finished well with a low strike to the bottom corner. Before the half-time whistle he tagged on an equally impressive point at the end of a slick passing move. The home side struggled to offer any threat going forward although they did grab perhaps the score of the half as a sideline ball was dispatched over the crossbar in a style somewhat reminiscent of Maurice Fitzgerald’s famous score for Kerry. That was not enough however to prevent them from turning around 2-11 to 0-4 in arrears.
Any hopes the hosts had of rescuing the game were soon dashed after the restart as Kevin "Ned" Devine, who had replaced the unlucky Damien Ball, showed admirable killer instinct as he blasted an unstoppable shot through the net! Indeed there was initially some confusion among spectators until the referee's signal confirmed the ball had escaped through a hole in the net and the goal was correctly awarded. The home side appeared to lose heart from that point onwards as they became increasingly ragged and were overrun in most areas of the field. Niall O'Neill continued to raid from his wing-half back starting berth and he bagged his second goal of the day before midfielder Tony Devine put the seal on a good display with a fifth goal. Indeed the damage could have been even greater had Dominic Devine and Ryan Tummon not opted to take points when goal opportunities presented themselves.
The game eventually ended in a facile 5-21 to 0-6 win as the away side kept in contention in the upper echelons of the league table. The result also served to illustrate the gulf which exists at this level as the hosts had been in fourth place, only one place behind Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh ahead of this match. The visitors will have been pleased to record a clean sheet and give game time to the maximum allowable complement of players.
The Reserve team will travel to face Brocagh Emmetts in the opening round of the Reserve Championship on Friday 1st August, throw-in 7.30pm.
Both sides will host Killyman St. Mary's in Dunamanagh on Sunday 3rd August in Division 3 of the Tyrone All-County League. The Reserve game will throw-in at 2.15pm followed by the Senior game at 3.45pm.
The Under-21 men's team had been scheduled to play Donaghmore St. Patrick's in the league quarter-final on Tuesday 29th July, details of the outcome to follow next week.
The Under-16 boys' team has been discontinued for this year due to the paltry numbers attending training. The side has been withdrawn from league competition and there will be no further training sessions. We wish to thank those in the minority who showed the appropriate commitment and the management team who endeavoured to make the best of a bad situation.
Under-8, Under 10 and Under-12 Children
Training for Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12 children will continue on Thursday evenings at 7pm in Aughabrack.
The Under-12 boys will host Castlederg St. Eugene's in a "Go-Games" fixture in Aughabrack on Monday 4th August, throw-in 7pm.
The ladies' senior team will continue their efforts to gain promotion back to the top flight as they entertain Sperrin Óg in Dunamanagh on Thursday 31st July, throw-in 8.15pm. Players are asked to be present in the changing rooms no later than 7.45pm.
We extend our congratulations to Alana McShane, Angeline McShane, Carol Dooher, Mairead Conwell and Hannah Ward who were all involved with the Tyrone Ladies senior team as they eased into Round 2 of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship qualifiers with a 3-17 to 1-13 victory over Kildare at Pairc Tailteann, Navan on Sunday 26th July.
First Aid Course
We have been informed that Dennett Interchange will run a first aid course in Dunamanagh in September 2014. The course, which will take place over two Monday nights, is free of charge. Any wishing to obtain further information is asked to contact the club's chairman Adrian Conway.
This week's lotto letters were B, E, N and R. There was no jackpot winner but Brian Kerlin (Stroanbrack) matched three letters.
Next week's jackpot is £2000.
(Sept 27th 2011)
you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me,
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day believe me."
The above lyrics, taken from a song originally sung by the Kinks, seem
entirely apt to summarise the feelings of everyone concerned with the
club after the recent announcement of Brian Dooher's retirement from
County football. His county career began with an Ulster Minor medal in
1993 before he went on to make his mark in the Senior ranks winning 3
All-Irelands (two as captain), 5 Ulster Championships, 2 National
Leagues, 3 All Stars, 2 Railway Cups, 1 International Rules Series and 1
Sigerson Cup. His decision brings to an end the County career of arguably
the most effective and influential player the County has ever produced.
We thank him for all the joy and pride he has bestowed upon us and we
look forward to seeing him in the club jersey for years to come.
latest changes to playing rules voted in at congress
Summary of Playing Rule changes 2010 voted in at congress
club celebrated whole heartedly in the summer of 2005 and again in 2008
when fellow club player Brian Dooher raised aloft the Sam Maguire cup for
the second time. It was a very proud day for the county not to mention
All-Ireland Player of the Year 2005
Stephen O'Neill was later
awarded the Player of the 2005 Championship at the GAA All-Stars in
Our Recent History
na ngael is the youngest club in Tyrone. The club was founded in 1995 when,
the two neighboring clubs (within the parish of Donagheady) Aughabrack and
Dunamanagh, amalgamated. Since then they have achieved unprecedented
club’s short history they have clinched the Double Double in junior and
intermediate football in 1997 and 1998 and secured the ACL Division 1B
title in October 2002.
present the club has the luxury of maintaining two grounds and has recently
completed the renovation of a £250,000 sports hall, which includes changing
and catering facilities. The club also has purchased ground for future
Summer we host The Craic in the Brack Festival
which is the largest Rural festival in Ulster.
photograph April 2014
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