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Tyrone shock Roscommon to take place in All-Ireland Under-21 final

Tyrone 0-17 Roscommon 0-12

Tyrone will face Tipperary in the All-Ireland Under-21 football final after a convincing semi-final win on Saturday over Connacht champions Roscommon in Markievicz Park, Sligo.

The Ulster Champions (pictured celebrating their victory over Donegal in the Ulster Final) defeated Roscommon by 0-17 to 0-12, reaching their first All-Ireland final at this level since 2003. It marks a potential upturn in fortunes for the Red Hand County, who have recently struggled at senior level under Mickey Harte.

Manager Fergal Logan (centre) with selectors Peter Canavan (left) and Peter Canavan (right) ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty.

Under the stewardship of manager Fergal Logan, and Tyrone legends Brian Dooher and Peter Canavan, the Under-21 team are now only 70 minutes away from the All-ireland Title. After the game Logan praised the work undertaken at grassroots level to bring Tyrone to this position.

Roscommon were strong favourites coming into the match, but Tyrone’s excellent score-taking ensured they led from start to finish. In particular, Leo Brennan shone with six points, including five from play.

Despite facing the wind in the first half, Tyrone raced into a four points to nil lead, with Brennan, Michael Cassidy and the impressive Cathal MacShane all getting on the scoresheet. Roscommon took until the tenth minute to get off the mark, with Diarmuid Murtagh pointing from a free.

There was little between the teams for the rest of the half but Daniel McNulty’s free in the 32st minute gave Tyrone a comfortable 0-10 to 0-07 advantage at the break.

Brennan and Murtagh swapped scores at the beginning of the second half, before Roscommon substitute Thomas Corcoran kicked a long-range free to bring them within two points of the lead.

Tyrone’s accuracy in front of goal was a constant feature, however, and Brennan and McNulty added to Tyrone’s tally, leaving Roscommon four points behind at 0-14 to 0-10.

Murtagh’s point in the 54th Minute, his sixth, left Roscommon with only a two-point deficit to overcome, but it transpired to be their final score of the game.

Roscommon desperately tried to breach the Tyrone defence but a towering display at full-back by Padraig Hampsey kept them at bay.

At the other end of the field, Tyrone were dominant with Brennan, McNulty and Frank Burns kicking the last three points to ensure their safe passage to the All-Ireland Final on May 2nd.

 18 April 2015

First Ever GAA World Games Take Place

The first ever Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) World Games took place in Abu Dhabi last weekend.

Twenty-five teams from across the globe gathered to compete in games of traditional Irish sports, including Gaelic football, hurling, camogie and rounders.

The competition, played over two days, started on Friday 6 March and ended with a day of semi-finals and finals on Saturday 7 March. The event was hosted by Abu Dhabi Na Fianna at the Zayed Sports City, which has hosted major sporting events, such as the Fifa Club World Cup.

Trevor Buckley, chairperson of Abu Dhabi Na Fianna said, “It reflects the globalisation of the games and is representative of the amount of Irish people worldwide who’ve had to emigrate for various reasons. The fact we’re trying to promote the games and keep everyone involved is very special to us and a great honour.”

He went on to say, “The response has been very positive, especially since it’s the first Games and a lot of teams have travelled huge distances to take part. That shows its appeal. And even though the numbers are quite large already, we hope they will continue to grow in the future.”

Erin Loughnana travelled from Toronto to represent Canada in the games. She said the diversity of the teams was clear when they were discussing the training preparation of the different teams. The Middle East team was accustomed to training in the desert climate of Abu Dhabi, while the Canadian national team held their preparation training indoors, due to the -3 degrees weather in Toronto.

The competition has been hailed as a forward step in the globalisation of Gaelic games with male and female athletes from North America, South America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mainland Europe, South Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East all taking part. The World Games hopes to follow the path made by other international fixtures such as the International Rules Series between Ireland and Australia, and the All Stars game, played in Boston.

The winners of the tournament was dominated by the Middle East teams. The men’s finalists were the both of the Middle East’s entrants, with the seconds’ team coming out as the victors.

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