Pomeroy fairy-tale brought to an end.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

ERRIGAL Ciaran brought the Pomeroy fairy-tale to an end with an emphatic finish at Pairc Colmcille as they qualified for a first Tyrone SFC final in five years.


A late goal by corner back Niall Kelly settled a high octane semi-final and set up a meeting with Omagh in the decider on Sunday week.

The newly promoted Plunketts gave it everything, but they fell just short as the Dunmoyle men managed to avoid the sort of shock that saw Clonoe and champions Killyclogher crash out.

Pomeroy never doubted that they could claim a third big scalp, and led by a couple of points heading into the closing stages, but Errigal had a potent mix of youth and experience which combined effectively, and the accurate place-kicking of Peter Harte and Davy Harte proved decisive in the end.

Frank Burns converted a free in the fourth minute to give Pomeroy a bright start, but the Dunmoyle men went level when Davy Harte sent Ronan McRory in for a fisted point.

They were ahead by the seventh minute after Padraig McGirr won the 13 metre free that Peter Harte converted.

But Pomeroy went on the counter-attack, and Kieran McGeary drilled over a brilliant score from far out on the left wing.

Play swung from end to end, and McGirr set up Ronan McRory for his second score, and it was Cathal McRory who sent Davy Harte in to double the Errigal lead, 0-4 to 0-2.

Pomeroy they continued to defend with fortitude, with Ciaran McKenna, Denver Nugent and Hugh Pat McGeary standing firm in the face of waves of attack.

Errigal led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval, but the Plunketts now had wind advantage, and the sides were level within five minutes of the restart.

Ollie McCreesh fired over a couple of points in quick succession, but Peter Harte's accuracy from frees was a crucial asset which was to make a vital contribution to Er rigal's championship survival.

He knocked over a couple, but Pomeroy also found the target from placed balls through Frank Burns and McGeary.

But they suffered a serious setback when centre back Brendan Burns was shown a black card for a challenge on Peter Harte, which Davy punished with another accurate strike.

Errigal brought lively figures off the bench, with Peter Og McCartan running strongly at the Pomeroy defence and Ryan Lynch also using his pace to great effect.

But Pomeroy had much more to offer, and full back Hugh Pat McGeary pushed forward to thump over a rousing score, and they were still very much in contention for a place in the decider.

Errigal rallied immediately, and Davy Harte converted two more frees, and Lynch edged them in front in the closing stages, before laying on the pass for Kelly to smash home the decisive goal.

"Pomeroy definitely got on top of us at the start of the second half, they were kicking points from everywhere, and fair play to them, they got the run on us," said Errigal wing back Mark Kavanagh.

"We needed the goal, we were probably dead and buried only for the goal, and no better man than your corner back to get up the field and get it for us.

"Full credit to Pomeroy, they're an outstanding outfit.

Obviously they've got their marquee players in the McGearys and Frank Burns, who are outstanding footballers.

"But as a whole collective team, even the subs they brought on, it didn't weaken them one bit. We knew that coming into the game, we didn't take them for granted at all.

"We haven't taken any team for granted this year, but we trusted ourselves, we knew we had the legs if it came to the last ten of fifteen minutes, and thankfully we got over the line." Errigal Ciaran scorers: Niall Kelly 1-0, Davy Harte (3 frees), Peter Harte (3 frees, 1 '45) 0-4 each, Ronan McRory 0-2, Ryan Lynch, Pauric McAnenly 0-1 each.

Pomeroy scorers: Ollie McCreesh 0-3, F Burns 0-3 (2 frees), Kieran McGeary 0-2 (1 free), Brenan Burns, Hugh Pat McGeary, Damien Woods 0-1 each.

Referee: Martin Sludden (Dromore)


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