Errigal Ciaran (@1.4) vs Carrickmore (@3.5)
30-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Errigal Ciaran will win

Errigal Ciaran – Carrickmore Match Prediction | 30-09-2019 12:00

Mickey Donaghy opened the scoring with a free to put Carrickmore ahead, but Errigal soon settled and Pauric McAnenly, Ben McDonnell and a Harte free put them into the lead by the tenth minute. Former Tyrone All-Ireland winner Martin Penrose and Rory Grimes responded with points for Carrickmore to level scores, before Grimes exited the action after receiving a black card.

It was a sad day for everyone, including Carrickmore in that they lost a lot of credibility that day. They had a number of players suspended. "It was very late in the year," remembers Samus Horisk, "and we were playing at a neutral venue, Fintona. We were winning and there was a row with a couple of minutes left.

The story of the club is a story of the spirit and the hunger and the passion which has defined Tyrone football for the past few decades as the county has closed in on an All-Ireland. Canavan is at the heart of the creation story. Enough for you? Ballygawley begat Errigal Ciarn and Errigal Ciarn begat Peter Canavan. Or perhaps Peter Canavan begat Errigal Ciarn.

Tyrone U-20 starlet Darragh Canavan then struck for the games key goal, working his way inside to plant the ball past Jack McCallan in the 20th minute. Conor Quinn nearly flicked in another moments later but his effort came back off the post. Scores were at a premium thereafter, with Harte landing a great score from the left wing to send Errigal in at the break with a four-point advantage.

He'd stand and do umpire one night, take out a reserve team the next day. That was his view. "Barney Horisk's passing was a huge blow," says Paudge Quinn "You know the sort of club man he was: 'whatever has to be done I'll do it'. Paul is on the county panel this weekend. He lives on through Paul, though.

They kept on playing for the sheer love of it. Mickey Harte was their best player and their inspiration. Every year they were rebuffed. Every year they believed their constituency of about 100 houses was about to become a fully-fledged club. They realised after a while that other clubs around Tyrone liked keeping Ballygawley in a weakened state and were most obliging with challenge games and tournament invitations.

"To lose Daddy just before the Ulster final was a bad blow," says Barry Canavan. "He'd been in great form. He was looking forward to this roll that Tyrone are now on. He loved it and he was the top critic as well for the team. More effin' and blinding you have not heard.

"Basically," says Barry Canavan, "he'd go to one end of the parish and announce at a meeting or in company that the fellas at the other end of the parish had had enough, that they were willing to sit down and talk. Then he'd go to the other end of the parish and say the same thing.

It wasn't the result of the row. "In the middle of it all I saw a commotion on the far stand," says Samus Horisk. An aneurysm. "Somebody came for me. No blame on anyone in the row but it was a sad, sad scene for all involved. It has to be said, he was going to take it anyway. It was going to come sooner or later. Barney had died during the row.

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Sen Canavan was a butcher, a part-time farmer and a football addict. He chose well. His son Peter, the second youngest of 11 kids, was growing to greatness without a stage to express himself on. Barney Horisk was a self employed man running a car washing/valet service from his house on the edge of town on the road to Dungannon. Both were men around whom people gravitated for football conversation and opinion.