Tyrone Senior Football Final may need a replay to decide the 2017 champions!
Another big weekend of GAA action in store throughout Tyrone with the biggest tie of the year in the O’Neill County scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Healy Park, Omagh (4pm).
The Tyrone GAA Senior Football Championship Final takes top billing in the sporting world in Tyrone and a packed Omagh is expected to see another very close call in the race for the O’Neill Cup in 2017.
There is no doubt that the 2017 Senior Football championship has been one of the most intriguing in a few years with plenty of surprises, a series of tough close encounters and in the end a first-ever title showdown between two of the Club Big Guns – who have a combined total of 15 titles between them.
Errigal Ciaran will contest a first senior final since 2012, when they last claimed the honours, and have shown a resilient aptitude for success this term under Pascal Canavan. Just one defeat, back in May at Ardboe in the league, in a total of 17 league and championship outings is the best record of any side this term in Senior Club football.
The seven times club champions have certainly exhibited a real graft in the 2017 championship, coming from behind against both Carrickmore and Pomeroy in their latter two games to reach an 11th final in 25 years.
What is interesting though for both Omagh and Errigal Ciaran is that Sunday will be just the second County Final appearance by both clubs in the past ten years.
Errigal Ciaran has adapted quite a defensive style of play and the break at pace when in possession. Peter Harte, just like Tyrone, is the class act who makes them tick and will be vital in their push for an 8th title. But Mark Kavanagh has emerged as possibly their star man in the championship this term and the pacey half back has excelled in the league too. Captain Cathal McRory, Aidan McCrory, Michael McCrory and Ben O’Donnell have impressed and Davy Harte’s new-found role on the edge of the o0pposing square has proven to be very fruitful for Errigal too. Ronan McRory, Pauric McAnenly and Padraig McGirr will be important for Errigal picking up scores too in what is a solid side all round.
Omagh, visually have looked impressive this season, and have been installed as favourites to record a second title win in four years. St. Enda’s claimed the 2012 title courtesy of a last-gasp Ronan O’Neill goal in the final against Carrickmore and in that campaign had a brilliant win over Crossmaglen before losing out by the minimum margin to Slaughtniel in the Ulster club final. A very young side in that 2014 season they are back a more experienced outfit in 2017 and have exhibited eyecatching composure to go with the pace, clinical approach play, and movement as well as a tenacity to win games at the business end.
That latter sentiment was particularly evident against Trillick in the semi-final when they went six down entering the final quarter before hitting 1-5 to 0-1 to reach the decider.
Few would argue that Conor O’Donnell has been their starman on route to the 2017 final and Conan Grugan as well as team captain, Joe McMahon, have also really stood out on their O’Neill Cup journey. On paper, Omagh has a highly potent look to them when you add in former all-star, Justin McMahon, Conor Clarke, Barry Tierney, the Gallaghers and Ciaran McLaughlin, then it is clear why they are fancied to win this one.
And then, of course, there is the immense quality of Connor Meyler and Ronan O’Neill. Meyler must rank as one of the fittest players in Tyrone football and his work-rate and a high powered engine is likely to see him track Peter Harte in the final. In O’Neill, Omagh have the undoubted match-winner in the game. The county star had a quiet enough afternoon against Trillick in the semi-final yet popped up with a sublimely finished goal just at the moment when it looked like that tie had slipped away from his side. His goal in the last minute of 2014 final against Carrickmore is typical of the danger he will pose to Errigal.
But overall, Errigal Ciaran have shown a real mean status in defence this season. They had a 1-10 to 0-9 win over Omagh in Healy Park in the league and the St Enda’s could find them extremely difficult to break down.
Omagh have scored 3-43 in three championship games (conceding 2-28) which is a plus margin of +18 points, while Errigal Ciaran have scored 3-35 in their three championship outings (conceding 0-27) which is a plus margin of +17 points.
It all makes for a hugely intriguing contest on Sunday and there is a feeling, based on how close this championship has been and how we have already seen a number of finely balanced drawn games, that a similar scenario could transpire again. While we don’t anticipate a high scoring frenzy in this County final, we do see it going to the wire and needing a replay to decide it.
In a championship which has thrown up so many surprises, none more so than having two championship games played in Armagh, Tyrone Gaels could be back in a week’s time again to see this one decided!
Betting Odds in the 2017 Tyrone Senior Football Championship Final:
- Omagh 4/5, Errigal Ciaran 11/8, Draw 8/1
- If the Draw does not interest you then Omagh at 4/6 in “Draw no bet” looks a better proposition.
Tyrone Senior Football Championship Finals…
|2016||Killyclogher 0-16, 0-20||Coalisland Fianna 1-13, 0-6|
|2015||Trillick 1-9||Killyclogher 0-11|
|2014||Omagh St. Enda’s 1-10||Carrickmore 0-12|
|2013||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s 3-8||Carrickmore 0-12|
|2012||Errigal Ciarán 0-13||Dromore 0-8|
|2011||Dromore 1-8||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s 2-4|
|2010||Coalisland Fianna 0-9||Carrickmore 0-7|
|2009||Dromore 1-14||Ardboe 1-13|
|2008||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s 0-10||Dromore 0-9|
|2007||Dromore 0-14||Coalisland Fianna 0-4|
|2006||Errigal Ciarán 0-12, 1-8||Carrickmore 1-9, 0-8|
|2005||Carrickmore 1-6||Omagh St. Enda’s 1-5|
|2004||Carrickmore 1-13||Dromore 1-9|
|2003||Killyclogher St. Mary’s 2-6||Errigal Ciarán 1-7|
|2002||Errigal Ciarán 1-9||Killyclogher St. Mary’s 1-7|
|2001||Carrickmore 1-7||Errigal Ciarán 0-9|
|2000||Errigal Ciarán 0-11||Carrickmore 1-8|
|1999||Carrickmore||Killyclogher St. Mary’s|
|1998||Ardboe||Omagh St. Enda’s|
|1995||Carrickmore||Moortown St. Malachy’s|
|1993||Errigal Ciarán||Moortown St. Malachy’s|
|1992||Moortown St. Malachy’s||Dromore|
|1991||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s||Coalisland Fianna|
|1990||Coalisland Fianna||Omagh St. Enda’s|
|1988||Omagh St. Enda’s||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s|
|1987||Ardboe||Trillick St. Macartan’s|
|1986||Trillick St. Macartan’s||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes|
|1985||Augher St. Macartan’s||Gortin|
|1984||Ardboe||Omagh St. Enda’s|
|1983||Trillick St. Macartan’s||Ardboe|
|1982||Augher St. Macartan’s||Dromore|
|1981||Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s|
|1980||Trillick St. Macartan’s||Omagh St. Enda’s|
|1979||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s||Fintona Pearses|
|1978||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s||Dromore|
|1977||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s||Dromore|
|1976||Augher St. Macartan’s||Ardboe|
|1975||Trillick St. Macartan’s||Owen Roes|
|1974||Trillick St. Macartan’s||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s|
|1973||Ardboe||Augher St. Macartan’s|
|1971||Ardboe||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s|
|1970||Eglish St. Patrick’s||Augher St. Macartan’s|
|1969||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s||Coalisland Fianna|
|1967||Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s|
|1966||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s||Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys|
|1965||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s||Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys|
|1964||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s||Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys|
|1963||Omagh St. Enda’s||Galbally|
|1962||Stewartstown Harps||Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys|
|1961||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s||Moy Tir na nOg|
|1960||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s||Donaghmore St. Patrick’s|
|1959||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s||Omagh St. Enda’s|
|1958||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s|
|1957||Omagh St. Enda’s||Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys|
|1956||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s|
|1955||Coalisland Fianna||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes|
|1954||Omagh St. Enda’s||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes|
|1953||Omagh St. Enda’s||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s|
|1952||Omagh St. Enda’s||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s|
|1951||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes||Moortown St. Malachy’s|
|1950||Moortown St. Malachy’s||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes|
|1949||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s||Derrytresk Fir An Chnoic|
|1948||Omagh St. Enda’s||Clogher Éire Óg|
|1947||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes||Moortown St. Malachy’s|
|1945||Strabane Lamh Dearg||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes|
|1944||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes||Moortown St. Malachy’s|
|1943||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s||Moortown St. Malachy’s|
|1942||Moortown St. Malachy’s||Omagh St. Enda’s|
|1941||Moortown St. Malachy’s||Clonoe O’Rahilly’s|
|1940||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes|
|1937||Trillick St. Macartan’s||St. Joseph’s|
|1936||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes||Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s|
|1935||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes||Omagh St. Enda’s|
|1934||Washingbay Shamrocks||Omagh St. Enda’s|
|1933||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes||Omagh St. Enda’s|
|1930||Coalisland Fianna||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes|
|1929||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes||Coalisland Fianna|
|1928||Coalisland Fianna||Donaghmore Éire Óg|
|1927||Donaghmore Éire Óg||Ardboe Pearses|
|1925||Dungannon Thomas Clarkes||Ballygawley|
|1924||Stewartstown Harps||Omagh Colemans|
|1919–1920||Moy Tin na nÓg||Omagh Colemans|
|1915–1916||Cookstown Brian Og||Kilskeery McDonaghs|
|1913–1914||Fintona Davitts||Coalisland Fianna|
|1908–1909||Thomas Clarkes, Dungannon||Fintona Davitts|
|1907–1908||Thomas Clarkes||Fintona Davitts|
|1905–1906||Strabane Faugh-a-Bealach||Donoughmore Éire Óg|
|1904–1905||Coalisland Fianna||Strabane Lamh Dearg|