Logan and Dooher awarded EirGrid Manager Moment of the Month
Joint Tyrone managers Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher have been awarded the September EirGrid Manager Moment of the Month award after an outstanding display in the All-Ireland Football Championship final saw Tyrone win the Sam Maguire for the fourth time in the county’s history.
Meanwhile, Mayo manager James Horan was awarded the August EirGrid Manager Moment of the Month award after an historic victory over Dublin saw his Mayo side progress to the All-Ireland Football Championship final.
Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher took charge of Tyrone in November 2020 and had a tough task succeeding legendary Tyrone manager Mickey Harte who was in the role for 18 years. Tyrone recorded an epic extra-time victory over Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final before beating Mayo in a dominant display in the All-Ireland final to take the Sam Maguire back to Tyrone for the first time since 2008. Logan and Dooher had their tactics spot on in the final. An exhilarating second half performance saw their side score two goals, which was enough to put away pre-match favourites Mayo.
James Horan’s influence from the side-lines was instrumental to his team’s nerveless semi-final win over rivals Dublin in Croke Park. It was for this performance, which ended Dublin’s seven in a row bid, that he was awarded the EirGrid Manager Moment of the month for August. Mayo had not beaten Dublin at this level since 2012 and this losing trend looked like it would continue at half time as Mayo trailed by six points. But Horan’s men pulled off a remarkable comeback taking the Dubs to extra time, and then, with their physicality and fitness coming through, prevailed to book their place in the All-Ireland Championship Final against Tyrone.
Over the course of the 2021 All-Ireland Championship, managerial moments in July, August and September have been selected from across the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championship with the winning managers awarded a premium sports watch for their outstanding efforts that captured the public’s attention. Waterford hurling manager, Liam Cahill, was the July winner after steering his side to the All-Ireland Hurling final with electrifying victories over rivals Galway and Tipperary.
EirGrid, the state-owned company that is delivering a cleaner energy future for Ireland, has been the Official Timing Partner to the GAA since 2016 and this year announced a five-year extension of its partnership with the GAA as Official Timing Sponsor, with the partnership running through to 2025. It is also sponsor of the EirGrid U20 Football Championship.
Speaking about the EirGrid Manager Moment of the Month, Michael Mahon, Chief Infrastructure Officer at EirGrid, said: “On behalf of all at EirGrid, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to James Horan on his August Manager Moment of the Month award and to Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher for winning the September award.
“Firstly, Horan’s passion, expertise and leadership played a vital role in Mayo’s historic win over Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Under pressure at half time, Horan motivated his side to come out firing in the second half pulling off a remarkable victory in a game that will be remembered for many years to come.
“While, Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher’s motivation, player management and clever tactics played a crucial role in defeating Mayo in an incredible final. Tyrone had a remarkable All-Ireland campaign, and it is a credit to the two managers that they had their players mentally and physically right to compete at their best when it mattered most.
“EirGrid’s timing partnership with the GAA has allowed us to celebrate and acknowledge those outstanding manager moments and achievements throughout the All-Ireland Championship. The managers recognised today couldn’t be more deserving winners of the August and September awards.”
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