Cullen’s Dubs & u13 Harps Strike Double in Healy Park, Omagh

posted 7 Apr 2014, 00:24 by Skerries Harps

The U13 footballers travelled to Healy Park at the invitation of Omagh St Endas GAA Club and experienced a mighty days football and craic. A party of 35 hit the road early from Skerries driving through the morning wind and rain before arriving at the ground where we were given a very warm welcome from our Tyrone hosts.

Following great efforts from St Endas PRO and u13 mentors, we were gratefully offered to play our challenge match on the Healy Park pitch before the crucial National Football League encounter between Dublin and Tyrone. Two-time All Ireland winner Joe Mc Mahon led a group of the Tyrone panel to the Skerries dressing room to give some advice and to recall his memories of playing against Dublin and Bryan Cullen, the Harps star – the dressing room was silent and attentive…a first for this group!!!

Game on -  the stadium starting to fill up and the sun now shining brightly but the Harps lads appeared to be feeling the effects of a hard days league match on the Saturday and the long journey completed. Omagh St Endas gave a strong and classy display of attacking football and after 10 minutes Harps trailed by 9 points. However, a half-time chocolate and capri sun injection from Joe Kelly (the team nutritionist!!) led a spirited comeback. The Skerries lads did their Club and County proud and took control of the game with some great attaching moves, eventually winning out by 7 points.

Dominic Mc Clements and Paul Tierney (amongst many others) from Endas ensured we were well looked after with hot food, refreshments and a few laughs thrown in. This was  followed by presentation from both clubs to mark the occasion. But we were not finished yet. The Harps players, mentors and parents were then shown to our “premium” seats which were situated alongside the Dublin management team and subs – Bernard Brogan repeatedly distracting our lads, repeatedly requesting autographs!!!

Bryan Cullen and the mighty Dubs duly delivered an exciting and sporting encounter in front a full house. The lads followed every move by Bryan and his excellent point in the first half brought the loudest cheer of the day from the upbeat Harps contingent. The Dubs came out of a tense encounter with a one point win and a place in the National Football League semi finals – pretty much a perfect football day. Not finished yet….after the final whistle, the u13s got to meet players from both teams and Bryan made his way to the Harps lads for a photoshoot including the inevitable “selfies” which rounded off a very special day for the team and panel.

To all in Omagh St Endas, the Tyrone Co Board, Bryan Cullen and the parents and mentors who drove the lads on this great journey, thanks a mill – it’s a day the boys won’t forget!!!