Youth Team of the Year Award
Mountjoy United FC U14s (Soccer)
Mountjoy United’s under-14 side swept all before them in 2018, winning two cup trophies and a Premiership title following a season of success. They came from a goal down to defeat Lurgan Celtic 2-1 to secure the Mid Ulster Youth League Cup and they showed similar spirit and courage in the Mid Ulster Youth League Knockout Cup decider when defeating Dunnaman FC 3-2 to annex that crown. The Lisnagirr Road young guns then locked horns with Celtic again in the play-off for the Mid Ulster Youth League Premiership title and again came out on top after scoring four goals in the first half. They also reached the last eight of the NIBFA Cup.
An Charraig Mhor GAA U16s, (Gaelic Football)
Carrickmore became the first Tyrone side in a decade to win the highly prestigious Paul McGirr Ulster Juvenile Football Tournament following a thrilling 2-12 to 1-13 win over Lavey in the final at Dromore before Christmas. Having blitzed Ardboe in the County Championship Final (hitting six goals) the Carmen boys carried that superb form onto the provincial stage, so making a bit of club history by becoming the first Ulster title mens winner from the famous St Colmcille’s. Keeper Colm Eccles produced some stunning saves in the Ulster Final while at the other end Daniel Fullerton and Brian Conway scored the crucial goals
Omagh Accies RFC U14’s (Rugby)
Omagh Accies U14s crowned what was a wonderful season in dramatic fashion when winning the Ulster Carpets U14 Bowl at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown. The young Accies had comfortably overcome sides from Lisburn and Enniskillen on the way to the final against Malone, who they would go on to defeat by just two points (19-17) after coming back from five points down with only minutes remaining. In the end, Patrick Corcoran’s nerveless conversion of Tiernan McClean’s try (Lewis Dempsey and Corcoran also scored touchdowns) proved the difference.
Tyrone Juniors (Pool)
Tyrone Pool Association’s underage players had a year to remember in 2018. In April, the under-18 side of Karol Galka (Fintona), Galvin McDermott (Omagh) and Piotr Samulewicz (Tattyreagh) retained their All-Ireland title, while Galka won the under-15 individual crown. Young Galka followed that up by reaching the final of the World 8-Ball Pool Junior Championships, coming through five tough matches before losing narrowly to Luke Gilbert in the decider. Meanwhile, Samulewicz was named on the world junior team after finishing sixth overall in the tournament statistics.
2 Castles ABC (Boxing)
Jude Gallagher regularly claims the headlines when it comes to the Newtownstewart-based club. That’s not surprising, given he has won bronze medals at both the European and World Youth Championships, as well as another two Irish crowns during 2018, but he’s not the only rising star. The club has a production line of talent, both male and female, like twins Alannah and Tiarnan Mayse, and Cealan Doherty, who regularly claimed medals in the past year from Tyrone and Fermanagh, through Mid Ulster, Nine Counties, Ulster, right up to All-Ireland level.
Please note: One vote per IP address. Your vote does not determine the overall winner but helps create awareness of the shortlisted nominees.
Deadlines: For ‘public view’ of votes: Monday 25th February 2019 10am
Final voting deadline is: Friday 1st March 2019 10am