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Pomeroy kings of the castle

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Pomeroy kings of the castle thumbnailPomeroy's Christopher Colhoun

CHRIS Colhoun had the Plunketts ahead after 90 seconds, using his strength to hold off his marker and split the posts.

Pomeroy...1-16
Castledawson...2-11

Ryan Loughran finished off a move involving Kieran McGeary and John Loughran for a spectacular score, but in the ninth minute, the Derry men struck for a goal.

Connor Taggart sent in a dropping back from the right, and when it broke to Aidy Bradley, he smashed his shot to the net from close range.

It was a bitter blow from a Pomeroy side that had started strongly buit was now displaying nerves and indecision.

Niall McNicholl tapped over a 20 metre free, but missed a similar effort soon afterwards, before full forward Aidan Keenan sliced over a brilliant score to put the Derry champions three points up.

Castledawson were committing as many men as possible to the offensive effort, restricting their opponents to sporadic attacks.

Martin McKeever and Ciaran McKenna had to be alert to clear dangerous situations, and they broke with pace for Frank Burns to open up the St Malachy's defence for a goal chance, but he had to be content with a deflected point.

But the Plunketts suffered a heavy blow in the 21st minute when key man Ryan Loughran was shown a black card for a challenge on Manus McAllister. Now they had lost both midfielders, Brendan Cunningham having been force out by injury after 11 minutes.

They went six behind after Keenan and McNicholl added scores, but in the 28th minute, Colhoun smashed the ball to the roof of the net after Kieran McGeary and Ollie McCreesh had linked play cleverly.

And when substitute Justin McCaffrey steered over a neat score, they trailed by just two at the break, 1-6 to 1-4.

Gavin Goodfellow punched over a point within six seconds of the restart, but another volley of Castledawson scores, from McNicholl and Bradley, set them back, before Kieran McGeary thumped a 45 metre free between the posts.

Castledawson lost skipper McNicholl to a black card for a high challenge on Kieran McGeary, who slotted the resultant free between the posts, and added another from 35 metres.

The Plunketts were in rampant form at this stage, hitting six points on the spin, five of them from McGeary, but in the 47th minute they conceded a goal against the run of play, and the sides were level.

Aidy Bradley floated in a long ball, and Aidan Keenan rose to punch to the net, making it 1-11 to 2-8.

However, the Plunketts posted the perfect response, with John Loughran, McGeary and Frank Burns all firing over brilliant points from play.

And they survived another Castledawson flourish, to seal their place in the final with two classy points from substitute Aidan Woods.

Pomeroy: John McCourt, Brendan Burns, Ciaran McKenna, Sean Quinn, Denver Nugent, Hugh Pat McGeary, Martin McKeever, Brendan Cunningham, Ryan Loughran (0-1), Kieran McGeary (0-6), Ollie McCreesh, Frank Burns (0-2), John Loughran (0-1), Chris Colhoun (1-2), Kevin Armstrong.

Subs: Gavin Goodfellow (0-1) for Cunningham, Justin McCaffrey (0-1) for R Loughran (BC), A Woods (0-2) for Colhoun, Ronan Lagan for Quinn

Castledawson: Dara Shivers, Manus McAllister, Niall Keenan, Martin O'Kane, Kieran O'Kane, Paddy Henry (0-1), Rian Connery, Niall McNicholl (0-3), Declan Lavery, Aidy Bradley (1-1), Ruairi Shivers, Danny Devlin, Connor Taggart, Aidan Keenan (1-2), Conor Scullion (0-3).

Subs: Luke Doyle (0-1) for McNicholl (BC), B Ludlow for Henry, Henry for R Shivers, Shivers for Taggart, Colm Lavery for N Keena.

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