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Pomeroy record historic derby success

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

FOR the first time in 50 years, Pomeroy got the better of neighbours Carrickmore, in a full-blooded derby tie.

Carrickmore...0-14
Pomeroy...2-10

Goals from Denvir Nugent and John Loughran swung it in favour of the Plunketts, who had Frank Burns in sparkling form.

This was an unexpected reversal for a Carmen side that had gone into the game on the back of two impressive victories.

But at the end of an entertaining contest, played out in front of a big crowd, Pomeroy were deserved winners, having led for most of the game.

Burns was in electrifying form right from the outset, using his pace and power to take on men and kick the scores that saw his side take an early lead.

Martin Penrose notched Carrickmore's opener in the fourth minute, and it was Barry Daly who brought the sides level, before another former Tyrone star, Mark Donnelly gave the home side the lead for the first time.

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 on May 20.

But they struck for a goal midway through the half. Another surge through the middle from Frank Burns set corner back Denvir Nugent up for a low finish past Jack McCallan.

Carmen countered for Mickey Donaghy to send Conal Travers in for a point, but that was quickly cancelled out by Damien Woods, who finished off a move involving Kieran McGeary and Ollie McCreesh.

The Plunketts went three clear with well struck points from full back Hugh Pat McGeary and John Loughran, but it was the Colmcilles who finished the half strongly, Penrose kicking three points, two of them from frees, to level the game at 0-8 to 1-5.

A well worked move led to a Justin McCaffrey point straight after the restart.

Johnny Munroe, who had come on as a sub late in the first half, landed a fine score from out on the right, but Pomeroy who responded with another flourish, Kieran McGeary knocking over a point, before Burns collected McGeary's return pass to add another to his tally.

Conor Mullan and Ruairi Grimes defended well as Carmen absorbed another spell of pressure, before countering 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 grabbed a crucial score in the 46th minute. It was John Loughran who fetched beautifully at midfield, and after offloading, he sprinted forward to take Kevin Armstrong's pass and smash the ball to the net for a brilliant goal.

Burns tagged on a free, and the visitors led by four, and looked like a side determined to defend their advantage.

Corner back Mickey Slane hit the target, and long range scores from Sean Loughran and Niall Allison left just a point between them.

But Pomeroy were dangerous on the breakaway, and Burns was the creator for Ollie McCreesh's late point which sealed the win for the Plunketts.

Carrickmore: Jack McCallan; Mickey Slane (0-1), Conor Mullan, Ruairi Grimes; Pearse Cunningham, Conor Gormley, Mickey Donaghy; Sean Loughran (0-1), Brendan McLaughlin (0-1); Martin Penrose (0-5), Barry Daly (0-2), Conal Travers (0-1); Caolan Daly, Eoin Hughes, Mark Donnelly (0-1).

Subs: Johnny Munroe (0-1) for Donaghy, Paul McAleer for Hughes, Niall Allison (0-1) for Cunningham, Tiernan Murray for Daly.

Pomeroy: John McCourt; Ryan Begley, Hugh Pat McGeary (0-1), Denvir Nugent (1-0); Ciaran McKenna, Brendan Burns, Sean Quinn; Frank Burns (0-4), Gareth McAleer; Kevin Armstrong, Kieran McGeary (0-1), Damien Woods (0-1); Ollie McCreesh (0-1), Aidan McKenna, Justin McCaffrey (0-1).

Subs: John Loughran (1-1) for B Burns, Jude Campbell for A McKenna.

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