Throwback THURSDAY… Looking back 30 years to 1986, when “Tyrone really started the fire”…
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site de rencontres catholiques gratuit http://www.selectservices.co.uk/?propeler=come-funziona-opzioni-binarie&b8f=ae 30 Years ago in 1986 Tyrone GAA made it to Croke Park to contest a first ever All Ireland Senior Football Championship Final and for a long period in that exhilarating contest at GAA Headquarters, Tyrone gaels roared their side on in delight.
http://davisslater.com/ficeryw/4744 After Kingdom legend, Jack O’Shea, rocketed a penalty kick off the Tyrone crossbar on two minutes, the Red Hand men delivered a display packed with energy, endeavour and class to lead the mighty Kerry side who were actually to win an astonishing 7th Sam Maguire Cup in nine years in that campaign and complete a three-in-a-row in the process.
click here In the game itself Tyrone led by 0-7 to 0-4 at the break and powered their way into a 1-7 to 0-4 lead just after the half time interval when Eugene McKenna sent Paudge Quinn in to fire home the O’Neill County’s first ever goal in an All Ireland senior decider. Shortly afterwards, McKenna himself was through on goal again and was pulled down to see the Ulster Champions awarded a penalty. The brilliant Kevin McCabe sent the spot kick over the bar to make it 1-8 to 0-4 but from there the Kerry revival began to kick into overdrive.
Pat Spillane finished a sweeping Kerry move at the other end of the field as he palmed the ball to the net, in front of the Tyrone dominated Hill 16. from 25 metres and when Mikey Sheehy sent a low powerful drive to the Tyrone net it was ultimately the end for Tyrone.
Kerry, winning that 3-in-a-row in Croke Park, ran out Sam Maguire Cup winners again on a 2-15 to 1-10 scoreline and Tyrone fans could only reflect on what was a terrific display at the end of a superb campaign by the Red Hand men.
It was effectively nine years later that Tyrone got back to the All Ireland Final, in 1995, but again that was not to be. The breakthrough of course finally came in 2003 when Tyrone secured the Sam Maguire Cup for the very first time, captained by the brilliant Peter Canavan and Brian Dooher would go on to create his own piece of history by captaining Tyrone to All Ireland glory in both 2005 and 2008.
enter site Tyrone defeat Derry in opening round of the Ulster Championship 30 years ago…
Incidentally that historic run by Tyrone to the All Ireland Senior Football Championship Final in 1986, started out with a 2-6 to 1-7 opening round victory against Derry. Tyrone then went on to beat Cavan by 2-16 to 1-12 in the Ulster semi final at Irvinestown and in the final it was Down who the Red Hand men put to the sword, with a 1-11 to 0-10 triumph.
Of course that was the era when sideline balls and free-kicks were taken from the ground and when provincial champions went directly to the All Ireland semi finals. That campaign, on 17th August 1986, Tyrone emerged with a first ever All Ireland semi final victory, defeating Galway by 1-12 to 1-9.
Tyrone were awarded 4 All-Star awards at the end of the 1986 season with John Lynch, Plunkett Donaghy, Damian O’Hagan and Eugene McKenna (2nd All star) all receiving the top gongs!
Ironically Tyrone went into the 1986 championship campaign on the back of suffering relegation from Division 1 of the National Football League, which you could argue was technically one place above where Tyrone finished in the league in 2016 🙂
All things said 1986 was a truly memorable season for Tyrone gaels and really did “start the fire”…