#FlashbackFriday Tyrone GAA Young Underage Football Stars & Titles 2007…
The new Tyrone GAA football season is well and truly underway and action is reaching the crunch stages of the leagues in Under 14 and Minor grades. With that in mind we bring our first #FlashbackFriday piece in Tyrone GAA, as we will look back each week at a past feature in Tyrone GAA.
We thought this an interesting feature piece from 10 years ago in Tyrone GAA circles. In the 2007 underage football season there were Grade 1 championship wins for Dromore (U14), Omagh (U16) and Errigal Ciaran (Minor). Of course a host of other clubs won titles too and the breakdown is also below.
The players who stood out in the various underage grades, plus a bit about them, is listed below and of course quite a few have starred ever since!
This article was published in 2007…
#FlashbackFriday: Some of the underage stars of 2007 in Tyrone…
Cathal McCrory (Errigal Ciaran)
Played well for Tyrone minors in defence throughout their campaign and also popped up with a superb winning point in the Ulster final against Derry. Was an inspirational captain as Errigal Ciaran lifted their second Tyrone minor championship title in three seasons and Cathal himself ended up with the Teamtalk youth player of the year award for the second time.
Mark McKenna (Pomeroy)
Mark played a key role for Tyrone in the midfield engine room on their way to provincial glory. He was one of the main reasons why Pomeroy made it through to the grade one minor championship final, a game in which Mark scored a superb goal. He has also become a permanent fixture on the Pomeroy senior team at a young age.
Patrick McNeice (Coalisland)
What a season the young Fianna star enjoyed. Started 2007 off by helping Coalisland win the Ulster minor club title and also added provincial medals with Tyrone minors as well as the Vocationals. With the Vocationals he won an All Ireland title as well. At club level he helped the Fianna win the minor league title as well as playing his part in the club’s march to the senior championship final. He was selected as the Teamtalk joint young achiever of the year just before helping Coalisland to the under-21 championship.
Matthew McCaffrey (Dromore)
He played midfield for Dromore as they retained their under-14 championship title a week after lifting the league crown as well. He proved to be a real driving force throughout the season for Dromore and scored two crucial points in their narrow 0-7 to 0-6 win in the championship decider against Omagh, a side they had beaten a week earlier by nine points in the league final.
Kyle Coney (Ardboe)
Kyle Coney really burst onto the scene this season as he featured on a number of successful teams. He helped Tyrone to Ulster success at both minor and Vocational levels as well as winning an All Ireland medal with the latter. He also played a major part in helping Holy Trinity College Cookstown reach the Markey Cup final only to lose to Virginia College Cavan. He has also broken onto the Ardboe senior side and has more than held his own in division 1A.
Aidan Girvan (Rock)
A young player who looks to have a great future in front of him in the game. A real tower of strength at full back as Tyrone won the Ulster minor title. He then transferred that form onto the club scene in a never to be forgotten season with Rock as they won both Tyrone junior and Ulster titles. He was a player that Niall Conway used in a number of positions and he never let his manager down any time.
Paul McAleer (Carrickmore)
A player who looks like breaking onto the Carrickmore senior team next season. He was a key forward as Tyrone Vocationals won both Ulster and All Ireland titles, hitting 2-5 in the provincial win over Cavan. His scoring exploits saw him make the Tyrone minor team as well as he picked up his third major medal of the year.
Ronan McNabb (Dromore)
This young player was perhaps the most decorated in Tyrone this season. A member of the Omagh CBS team that won MacRory and Hogan honours he then helped Tyrone minors to success as well. When the underage football for the season came to an end he broke his way onto the Dromore senior team and played his part in their historical double, in no way looking out of place in the Ulster club championship despite only being seventeen years of age
Cormac O’Neill [Moy]
Moy were deserving grade three under-16 championship winners with midfielder Cormac O’Neill one of the inspirations behind their triumph. He played midfield in their 4-8 to 2-8 success against Glenelly in the final and also helped lead his team to the last four of the league as well.
Martin Rodgers (Beragh]
He is still a minor next year but in the season just past he helped win major titles such as an Ulster minor title as well as provincial and All-Ireland honours with the Vocationals. He really stood out in Beragh’s march to the junior championship final and ended as the top championship scorer in club football in 2007.
Peter Harte [Errigal Ciaran]
He helped Errigal Ciaran win their second minor championship title in three years as well as playing his part as Tyrone captured their 20th Ulster minor title. He ended the year on a high when scoring two points as Omagh CBS beat St.Michaels Enniskillen 0-13 to 0-12 in the McCormack Cup final.
Michael Donaghy [Carrickmore]
Carrickmore have shown this season that they have plenty of young talent coming through the ranks after reaching the minor league final and winning the grade one under-16 league title. In Mickey Donaghy they had an ace score taker at juvenile level as he hit a last gasp free to earn his side a replay in the league final with Errigal Ciaran for what was his seventh point of the game. A week later he surpassed that tally with 1-6 as his side won the replay 2-13 to 2-7
Daniel Coleman [Brackaville]
Daniel Coleman was a powerhouse for Brackaville as they won the Grade two under-16 championship title. Despite his tender age he also played in and won a division three reserve championship title with the Roes.
Dominic Harkin [Tattyreagh]
Dominic Harkin produced one of the best individual displays in any final in Tyrone this year as he helped Tattyreagh defeat Stewartstown 4-10 to 1-13 in the grade three under-16 league final. Team captain Dominic led by example from midfield contributing a superb individual tally of 2-6. That game took place in the morning and later that afternoon he also played for his club in the division three reserve championship final.
Stephen Mullan [Omagh]
Stephen was the inspirational captain as Omagh beat Errigal Ciaran in the grade one under-16 championship final to retain their title. At Schools level he played his part in Omagh CBS’s Brock Cup success and he also featured on the Rannafast side that reached the final.
Conan Grugan [Omagh]
Conan Grugan had another superb season as his medal collection continues to grow. He helped Omagh win the Tyrone and Ulster Og Sport titles as well as the grade one under-16 championship title. At College level he added a Brock Cup medal to the Dalton and Corn na nOg ones that he had already collected and then narrowly missed out on Rannafast honours.
Ronan O’Neill [Omagh]
Like Conan Grugan, Ronan enjoyed the same success at club and School level. He turned in a man of the match display against Errigal Ciaran in that under-16 championship win hitting a personal tally of 1-8 and no doubt will soon feature for the St Enda’s at senior level. Despite playing a year or two below the age group he lined out and won a McCormack Cup medal with his school at the start of December.
Niall Donaghy (Loughmacrory)
Niall, a top young handballer as well, was the class act, and the captain, behind Loughmacrory’s march to the under-14 grade two championship title. His outstanding scoring ability got his side to the final and he then collected the silverware himself after hitting 1-3 in the final against Donaghmore.
Ryan Devlin [Stewartstown]
A player who looks to have a great future ahead of him with the Harps. He captained them to the grade three under-14 double when they beat Brackaville and Eglish within a week of each other with Ryan scoring 1-4 in each game from midfield. Despite playing along with older lads he also held his own for Stewartstown when they got to the grade three under-16 final this year as well. At College level he became one of a few players to ever win Dalton and Corn na nOg titles in the one season when he played a key role for St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon.
Tyrone Under 14 Football Championships 2007
First round: An Charraig Mhor 3-10 Kildress 0-16; Omagh 5-11 Pomeroy 4-12; Dromore 3-14 Naomh Mhuire 2-12; Clonoe 8-7 Cookstown 4-9.
Quarter-finals: Dungannon 1-5 Omagh 6-12; Strabane 3-8 Cappagh 2-14; Errigal Ciaran 1-3 Dromore 9-20; Clonoe 2-5 An Charraig Mhór 4-10
Semi-finals: Cappagh 1-8 Dromore 3-18; An Charraig Mhor 0-7 Omagh 3-11
FINAL: Dromore 0-7 Omagh 0-6
First Round: Ardboe 0-12 Drumragh 2-5; Galbally 3-16 Augher 4-7; Newtownstewart 2-9 Loughmacrory 2-10; Beragh 3-4 Donaghmore 3-11
Quarter-finals: Derrylaughan 0-9 Ardboe 2-11; Greencastle 3-11 Eskra 4-14 (AET); Galbally 5-7 Loughmacrory 5-15; Donaghmore 3-9 Coalisland 3-6
Semi-finals: Eskra 1-9 Donaghmore 3-14 (AET); Ardboe 3-4 Loughmacrory 1-15
FINAL: Loughmacrory 1-7 Donaghmore 0-5
First Round: Aghyaran 3-4 Clogher 6-11; Trillick 3-17 Clann na nGael 3-10; Moortown 6-11 Tattyreagh 4-8; Stewartstown 7-9 Rock 3-2
Quarter-finals: Eglish beat Owen Roes; Brackaville 6-18 Moortown 3-8; Stewartstown 6-15 Glenelly 0-2; Clogher 7-10 Trillick 5-14
Semi-finals: Eglish 3-10 Clogher 2-6; Brackaville 6-7 Stewartstown 7-19
FINAL: Stewartstown 1-8 Eglish 0-8
First Round: Michael Cusacks 4-5 Fintona 1-11; Aghaloo 4-11 Killeeshil 1-5; Omagh B 2-11 Gortin 4-12
Quarter-finals: Gortin 4-7 Michael Cusack’s 0-5; Aghaloo 9-16 Derrytresk 2-8; Urney 1-7 Castlederg 2-10; Moy 3-11 Brocagh 2-7
Semi-finals: Gortin 3-8 Castlederg 2-7; Moy 0-4 Aghaloo 5-15
FINAL: Aghaloo 2-11 Gortin 2-8
Tyrone Under 16 Football Championships 2007
Round 1: Errigal Ciaran 1-8 Kildress 0-6; Cookstown 2-8 Augher 5-9; Cappagh 5-12 Greencastle 0-5; Pomeroy 1-7 Omagh 1-15
Quarter Finals: Errigal Ciaran 2-16 Augher 2-14 (aet); Coalisland 1-6 Cappagh 0-6; Dromore 3-15 Clonoe 1-6; An Charraig Mhór 1-12 Omagh 2-9 (Replay Omagh 2-10 An Charraig Mhór 0-8)
Semi Finals: Errigal Ciaran 4-9 Dromore 1-13 (aet); Coalisland 4-8 Omagh 3-14
Final: Omagh 2-10 Errigal Ciaran 1-6
Round 1: Beragh 0-5 Dungannon 6-10; Eglish 1-12 Strabane 2-7; Derrylaughan 6-8 Fintona 0-8; Ardboe 0-5 Naomh Mhuire 6-7
Quarter Finals: Donaghmore 3-7 Galbally 0-5; Naomh Mhuire 2-13 Moortown 0-5; Derrylaughan 1-6 Eglish 2-14; Dungannon 1-6 Brackaville 0-10
Semi-finals: Donaghmore 3-8 Naomh Mhuire 1-20 (aet); Eglish 5-13 Brackaville 2-22 (aet) Replay: Eglish 1-12 Brackaville 1-13
FINAL: Naomh Mhuire 0-11 Brackaville 4-6
Round 1: Killeeshil 0-9 Rock 0-5; Trillick 0-10 Moy 2-17; Glenelly 1-8 Urney 1-8 Replay: Urney 1-5 Glenelly 1-8; Drumragh 0-11 Aghyaran 3-9
Quarter Finals: Moy wo Derrytresk dnf; Aghyaran 3-10 Owen Roes 4-5; Killeeshil 1-16 Tattyreagh 1-10; Stewartstown 2-10 Glenelly 2-12
Semi-finals: Moy 4-8 Killeeshil 1-7; Aghyaran 0-8 Glenelly 0-11
FINAL: Moy 4-8 Glenelly 2-7
Round 1: Brocagh 6-12 Michael Cusacks 1-10; Castlederg 3-8 Loughmacrory 0-5
Quarter Finals: Brocagh 1-12 Aghaloo 3-8; Castlederg 6-6 Newtownstewart 8-6; Clogher 2-12 Clann na nGael 5-7; Eskra 1-7 Gortin 2-12
Semi-finals: Clann na nGael 4-10 Aghaloo 1-12; Newtownstewart 5-6 Gortin 4-5
FINAL: Newtownstewart 4-9 Clann na nGael 2-10
Tyrone Under 18 Football Championships 2007
First Round: Ardboe 1-14 Strabane 0-9; Augher 1-11 Donaghmore 1-13; Dromore 0-16 Derrylaughan 2-5; Gortin 1-7 Errigal Ciaran 3-18; Cookstown 2-14 Omagh 0-8; Greencastle 2-9 Cappagh 2-7; An Charraig Mhor 0-11 Pomeroy 0-14; Coalisland 4-12 Moortown 2-9
Quarter-finals: Cookstown 1-9 Coalisland 3-10; Pomeroy 2-8 Ardboe 1-10; Greencastle 2-11 Donaghmore 2-8; Errigal Ciaran beat Dromore
Semi-finals: Errigal Ciaran 3-9 Coalisland 0-14; Pomeroy 3-9 Greencastle 0-14
FINAL: Errigal Ciaran 1-12 Pomeroy 1-0
First Round: Glenelly 3-4 Naomh Mhuire 0-14; Owen Roes 3-7 Beragh 1-8; Eskra 0-15 Urney 6-8; Brackaville v Galbally; Eglish 1-14 Clonoe 2-9; Fintona 1-12 Killeeshil 1-13; Newtownstewart 3-13 Rock 3-2 (AET); Loughmacrory 1-13 Dungannon 1-5
Quarter-finals: Urney 0-6 Owen Roes 3-8; Eglish 2-12 Newtownstewart 2-8; Loughmacrory BYE; Naomh Mhuire 3-12 Killeeshil 2-7
Semi-finals: Naomh Mhuire 1-14 Owen Roes 1-13 (AET); Eglish 1-12 Loughmacrory 1-10
FINAL: Eglish 2-10 Naomh Mhuire 1-8
First Round: Michael Cusacks 2-13 Castlederg 2-10; Trillick 1-8 Aghyaran 1-10; Kildress 2-10 Derrytresk 1-9; Stewartstown beat Aghaloo; Drumragh 4-14 Moy 1-5; Tattyreagh 5-15 Clann na nGael 2-9
Quarter-finals: Aghyaran 3-11 Brocagh 2-7; Stewartstown 3-12 Tattyreagh 1-14; Drumragh 3-9 Clogher 3-19; Michael Cusacks 1-9 Kildress 1-14
Semi-finals: Clogher 0-12 Kildress 2-15; Aghyaran 1-10 Stewartstown 1-7
FINAL: Kildress 0-12 Aghyaran 2-6 Replay: Kildress 1-7 Aghyaran 1-5