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Carmen suffer first defeat to Pomeroy in 50 years

Thursday, 3 May 2018

POMEROY rose magnificently to the derby challenge, producing their best performance of the season so far to score a morale-boosting victory over Carrickmore.

CARRICKMORE...0-14
POMEROY...2-10

They hadn't beaten their neighbours in half a century, but on this occasion a display of unity and total commitment brought the desired outcome.

Frank Burns turned in a momentous performance for a resurgent Plunketts side which had gone four games without a win, but turned the corner in impressive fashion at Pairc Colmcille.

Goals from Denvir Nugent and John Loughran made it an evening to forget for a Carmen side that had won its previous two games.

Burns was like a man possessed right from the outset, always looking to take men on with his pace and power, and two brilliant points from the Tyrone star had his side in front inside the opening two minutes.

Former Red Hand forward Martin Penrose arrowed over a neat point to open the home side's account in the fourth minute, and Barry Daly brought the sides level with a neat effort from a tight angle.

Another former Tyrone star, Mark Donnelly gave the home side the lead for the first time, and Pomeroy suffered a blow when defender Brendan Burns was stretchered off after nine minutes after picking up an ankle injury which looks like ruling him out of Tyrone's Ulster Championship clash with Monaghan.

Despite this setback, Pomeroy drove forward once again and struck a major blow with a 15th minute goal. Burns made another marauding run into opposition territory, off-loading to corner back Denvir Nugent, who beat Jack McCallan with a low finish.

The home side countered for Mickey Donaghy to send Conal Travers in for a point, but that was quickly cancelled out by Damien Woods, and the Plunketts went three clear with points from full back Hugh Pat McGeary and John Loughran.

However, Raymond Munroe's side finished the half strongly, Penrose hitting three points, two of them from frees, to level the game at 0-8 to 1-5.

With the game finely balanced on a sun-splashed evening, Pomeroy started the second half with renewed intent, and a well worked move led to a Justin McCaffrey point straight from the throw-in.

Carrickmore pressed strongly, but were held out by some solid defending from Hugh Pat McGeary and Ciaran McKenna.

Johnny Munroe, who had come on as a sub late in the first half, sent over an excellent score from out on the right, but Pomeroy who responded with another power-packed spell, Kieran McGeary firing over a point, before setting up another for the mighty Burns.

Carrickmore had to react, and the pressed forward for Barry Daly to convert a free, before Conor Gormley provided the assist for Brendan Loughran to bring the sides level at the end of the third quarter.

But the Plunketts got in for a second goal in the 46th minute. John Loughran collected Kevin Armstrong's pass and smash the ball to the net past a helpless McCallan.

They almost had a third goal when Kieran McGeary sent Loughran through, but McCallan responded with an excellent save.

The final ten minutes saw Carrickmore press in desperate search of the scores that would bring them back into the game, and corner back Mickey Slane hit the target, before long range scores from Sean Loughran and Niall Allison left just a point between them.

But Pomeroy sealed the win with a late Ollie McCreesh point for a very significant result.

Carrickmore scorers: Martin Penrose 0-5 (3 frees), Barry Daly 0-2 (1 free), Mark Donnelly, Conal Travers, Brendan McLaughlin, Sean Loughran, Mickey Slane, Johnny Munroe, Niall Allison 0-1 each.

Pomeroy scorers: John Loughran 1-1, Denvir Nugent 1-0, Frank Burns 0-4 (1 free), Justin McCaffrey, Ollie McCreesh, Damien Woods, Kieran McGeary, Hugh Pat McGeary 0-1 each.

Carrickmore: Jack McCallan; Mickey Slane, Conor Mullan, Ruairi Grimes; Pearse Cunningham, Conor Gormley, Mickey Donaghy; Sean Loughram, Brendan McLaughlin; Martin Penrose, Barry Daly, Conal Travers; Caolan Daly, Eoin Hughes, Mark Donnelly.

Subs: Johnny Munroe for Donaghy, Paul McAleer for Hughes, Niall Allison for Cunningham, Tiernan Murray for Daly.

Pomeroy: John McCourt; Ryan Begley, Hugh Pat McGeary, Denvir Nugent; Ciaran McKenna, Brendan Burns, Sean Quinn; Frank Burns, Gareth McAleer; Kevin Armstrong, Kieran McGeary, Damien Woods; Ollie McCreesh, Aidan McKenna, Justin McCaffrey.

Subs: John Loughran for B Burns, Jude Campbell for A McKenna.

Referee: Kieran Eannetta (Omagh).

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