Men's Senior and Reserve Teams
Training will continue for men’s Senior and Reserve players in Aughabrack on Wednesday evenings at 8pm.
The Senior team made the trip to face title chasing Rock St. Patrick's away from home in Division 3 of the Tyrone All-County League on Saturday 13th September. The visitors for their part were aiming to regain some momentum having seen their push for a promotion play-off place falter in recent weeks as a cluster of sides gained ground on them. Manager Niall "Barney" Conway made three changes from the side which had faced Fintona Pearses in their last outing as Terence McGaughey, Adrian Ball and Danny Ball Jr. were included at the expense of Gary Devine, Sean O'Kane and Noel McDermott. Before the game began rumours circulated that the hosts, who needed to take maximum points from the fixture to clinch the league title, had organised a function to celebrate their apparently impending success. Although these rumours may have been false they did serve to provide motivation for the visiting underdogs.
In the early stages the home side quickly stamped their authority on proceedings as they bossed possession around the middle third of the field forcing Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh's inside forward line to survive on starvation rations in terms of quality ball coming in. The hosts wasted little time making their dominance count on the scoreboard as the McCreesh brothers caused havoc and, by the twenty minute mark they had opened up a 0-9 to 0-1 lead. Matters could have been worse for the visitors had goalkeeper Patrick McGonigle not produced a smart save to thwart a goalbound effort from an acute angle. By this point in the contest, if the caterers had not already been confirmed, phone calls were probably being placed to do so! In the run up to half-time however the visitors finally established a foothold in the game with former county star Brian Dooher starting to exert his influence around midfield and the direct running of Kevin Farrell causing problems. Indeed Farrell was unlucky to see an effort at goal rebound to safety having struck the post. Nevertheless the improved effort in the final ten minutes of the half saw the gap narrowed to 0-10 to 0-5 at the interval.
Soon after the resumption matters got even better for the underdogs as full-forward Damien Ball capitalised on an error from the Rock St. Patrick's goalkeeper and stripped him of the ball. A swift pass to the well placed Kevin Farrell left him with a tap in to an empty net. For the next fifteen minutes the game was evenly poised with the sides trading scores as Terence McGaughey was among those to get him name on the scoresheet for the visitors. Gradually however they began to wilt as the physically larger and stronger home team once more took a dominant hold on the match. The matter was effectively settled as a contest when the home outfit's rangy full-forward collected a long ball and was then a little fortuitous as his scuffed shot angled perfectly into the bottom corner. It was by no means the cleanest of strikes but the home supporters cared little as they knew their side was heading back to Division 2 next season. Patrick McGonigle again denied the hosts with an excellent save in a one-on-one situation but the hosts did tag on several points in the closing stages to accurately reflect their superiority. The final score read 1-18 to 1-8 in favour of Rock St. Patrick's who were presented with the League title shield afterwards. We extend our congratulations to them.
Meanwhile the Reserve team went into their game attempting to shake the mental hangover associated with their agonising defeat to Tattyreagh St. Patrick's in the Championship Final only six days previously. It emerged before throw-in that some controversy is now enveloping the outcome of the Division 3 Reserve league title as the result of the hosts' recent defeat against Tattyreagh St. Patrick's has been annulled amidst accusations of the involvement of ineligible players. That news served to throw the door slightly ajar for both teams to apply pressure on the league title favourites although the information clearly had not filtered through to the visitors who found themselves plagued by a dearth of numbers for this important fixture. Indeed five of their starting line-up from the previous weekend's game were unavailable for selection for various reasons. As a consequence they were forced to participate in reduced thirteen-a-side encounter.
Despite the numerous absentees it was still, on paper, a strong team which took the field against a side who had not been beaten at home all season. Ryan Tummon returned from suspension to take his place in the full-back line while Gary Devine provided experience at midfield. In the early stages however the home side burst out of the traps whilst Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh made a sluggish and lethargic start. It was therefore no surprise that they conceded two goals inside the opening ten minutes as their full-back line was left hopelessly exposed on several occasions. They already trailed by 2-2 to 0-1 when they won a penalty somewhat against the run of play. Full-forward Michael O'Neill, who had spurned a gilt edged goal chance only moments earlier, made no mistake with the spot kick which he rifled high and hard to the roof of the net. Within minutes he was back on the goal trail again as he raised another green flag to bring the visitors firmly back into the contest. The defensive frailties experienced by Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh in the early exchanges had not been entirely cured however and it required a save from point blank range by visiting custodian Cormac Blee to prevent the concession of a third goal before half-time. At the half way point the game was delicately poised with Rock St. Patrick's narrowly ahead by 2-6 to 2-5.
Following the end-to-end excitement of the first thirty minutes the second half unsurprisingly failed to scale those heights as the home cracks made a couple of clever positional switches which allowed them to take control of the game. The redeployment of their full-forward in a midfield role helped neutralise the positive influence which Gary Devine had been enjoying for the visitors whilst Michael O'Neill also found himself tightly shackled as the game wore on. The home side kicked a series of poor wides to allow the visitors to remain in touch despite struggling in a number of key areas. There was a let off midway through the half for Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh when a close range effort struck the woodwork. The introduction of Tony Devine and Terence McGaughey for the last ten minutes did not have the desired effect as neither player was able to turn the tide which was flowing strongly towards the visitors' goal. The game was finally put beyond doubt with five minutes to go when the home side grabbed their third goal, no less than they deserved based on the territorial dominance they enjoyed. A late point from Padraig Kerlin was scant consolation for the visitors who, in the second half at least, produced probably their poorest display of the season as their faint title hopes faded completely. In the end the spoils went to Rock St. Patrick's on a 3-12 to 2-9 scoreline.
Both teams will host Errigal Ciaran Thirds in the league at home in Dunamanagh on Saturday 20th September. The Reserve game will throw-in at 2pm followed by the Senior match at 3.30pm.
Under-8, Under 10, Under-12 and Under-13 Children
Training for Under-8, Under-10, Under-12 and Under-13 children will continue on Thursday evenings at 7pm in Aughabrack.
The Under-13 boys’ team will host Castlederg St. Eugene's in Aughabrack on Friday 19th September, throw-in 6.30pm.
The Under-10 children will take part in a "Go-Games" blitz at Garvaghey on Saturday 20th September. Transport for players will depart from Dunamanagh football pitch at 9am and the Today’s Local shop in Aughabrack at 9.10am. We would ask parents to assist with the transport arrangements.
The Youth Club will resume in the Dunamanagh clubrooms two weeks later than previously advertised. The new restart date will be Monday 29th September. Further details, including some exciting new developments, will be confirmed in due course.
Brides Through the Ages D.V.D.
A few remaining copies of the D.V.D. of the highly successful and thoroughly enjoyable "Brides Through the Ages" event held in Aughabrack Community Hall earlier this year remain available to purchase. They cost £12 each and can be acquired from Eimear O’Kane.
Scór na nÓg
As summer draws to a close, in G.A.A. circles this means that the Scór na nÓg is competition is just around the corner. The first round heats this year will take place over the weekend of Friday 17th- Sunday 19th October, exact times and venues to be confirmed in due course.
Therefore, we would appeal to persons aged 16 or under with an interest in taking part to get in touch with Carole Doherty or Niall "Barney" Conway as soon as possible. The disciplines are:
1. Set Dancing;
2. Céilí Dancing;
3. Solo Singing;
4. Ballad Group;
5. Instrumental Music;
7. Drama/ Novelty Act and
Last year we had participants in Dancing, Solo Singing, Ballad Group and Quiz, with Clodagh Biggs making it all the way to the County final in Solo Singing with her fine renditions of “Nancy Spain”, popularised by the well-known performing artist Christy Moore. This is a great chance for us to showcase the great talent we have within our parish, so let us try and go one better this year.
This week's lotto letters were B, D, G and F. There was no jackpot winner but Lisa Conway, Maureen McLaughlin and M. Henry each matched three letters.
Next week's jackpot is £2000.
Annual General Meeting
The club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 30th November with time and venue to be confirmed in due course. We would ask club members to note the date in their diaries at this point.
All persons associated with the club extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Margaret Blee, Stoneyfalls, Dunamanagh on their recent sad bereavement. Margaret was the mother of Patrick Blee, current club trustee and major sponsor as well as a former chairman of the Aughabrack St. Mary’s club. Similarly she was the mother of Anthony Blee, former club secretary, and grandmother of current players Ruairí and Eilis Blee as well as former players Emmet Blee and Ultan Blee.
(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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