Tyrone Senior Football Final may need a replay to decide the 2017 champions!

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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.

Former Tyrone GAA star and all-star, Davy Harte, scored 0-4 for Errigal Ciaran in their semi final win and is the most experienced player in the 2017 County final.

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.

Ronan O’Neill was the Senior Championship Match Winner in 2014 for Omagh and is that player who could produce the magic to do the same again in the 2017 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…

Year Winners Opponent
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
1997 Errigal Ciarán Galbally
1996 Carrickmore Errigal Ciarán
1995 Carrickmore Moortown St. Malachy’s
1994 Errigal Ciarán Carrickmore
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
1989 Coalisland Fianna Ballygawley
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
1972 Ardboe Stewartstown Harps
1971 Ardboe Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s
1970 Eglish St. Patrick’s Augher St. Macartan’s
1969 Carrickmore St. Colmcille’s Coalisland Fianna
1968 Ardboe 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
1946 Coalisland Fianna Dromore
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
1939 Unfinished
1938 Fintona Pearses Cookstown
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
1932 No championship
1931 Ballygawley Wshingbay Shamrocks
1930 Coalisland Fianna Dungannon Thomas Clarkes
1929 Dungannon Thomas Clarkes Coalisland Fianna
1928 Coalisland Fianna Donaghmore Éire Óg
1927 Donaghmore Éire Óg Ardboe Pearses
1926 Ballygawley Ardboe Pearses
1925 Dungannon Thomas Clarkes Ballygawley
1924 Stewartstown Harps Omagh Colemans
1923 No championship
1922 No championship
1921 No championship
1919–1920 Moy Tin na nÓg Omagh Colemans
1918–1919 No championship
1917–1918 Brian Og O’Neill’s
1916–1917 Cookstown Omagh
1915–1916 Cookstown Brian Og Kilskeery McDonaghs
1914–1915 No championship
1913–1914 Fintona Davitts Coalisland Fianna
1912–1913 No championship
1911–1912 No championship
1910–1911 No championship
1919-1910 No championship
1908–1909 Thomas Clarkes, Dungannon Fintona Davitts
1907–1908 Thomas Clarkes Fintona Davitts
1906–1907 No championship
1905–1906 Strabane Faugh-a-Bealach Donoughmore Éire Óg
1904–1905 Coalisland Fianna Strabane Lamh Dearg
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