Dream ends for Pomeroy as Errigal back in final and Moy into Intermediate decider
An intriguing second semi-final in the 2017 O’Neill Cup series saw a Pomeroy side, bidding for a historic first ever County Senior final appearance, taking on an Errigal Ciaran team who had an unbeaten run of form in 16 league and championship games in the current season and were looking to secure a final place for the first time since their last title win in 2012.
Ronan McRory, Peter Harte and David Harte were all on target in the opening half as they led at the interval by 0-5 to 0-3, with county stars, Frank burns and Kieran McGeary, on target for the Plunketts.
Heavy rain and strong wind made life difficult for both teams and Pomeroy did start the second period strongly with superb tackling and Ollie McCreesh fired over two fine scores to level the match, 0-5 to 0-5. Brendan Burns and Peter Harte traded scores to make it 0-6 to 0-6 before Harte and a huge McGeary score levelled it at 0-7 apiece.
It was proving a finely balanced contest as Frank Burns and Ollie McCreesh scored to put the Plunketts in front, Davy Harte having sandwiched those scores with a point, to make it at 0-9 to 0-8 with 13 minutes to go. A brilliant Hugh Pat McGeary score saw Pomeroy go 0-10 to 0-8 ahead and the elusive dream remained on course for Pomeroy entering the last ten minutes.
Two fine scores from former All-Star, Davy Harte, levelled things with just five minutes to go and Ryan Lynch put Errigal one in front, 0-11 to 0-10, with just two minutes to go. The victory was then signed and sealed as Niall Kelly grabbed a goal in the 60th minute.
Damien Woods pulled one back for Pomeroy to make it 1-11 to 0-11 and Pauric McAnenly concluded the scoring with a well-taken score to see Errigal Ciaran back in the County final with four points to spare.
Tough on Pomeroy as the dream of a first county senior final appearance ended at the hands of a rock-solid Errigal Ciaran side, possibly the fact that it was 3rd championship encounter in 8 days taking its toll. The Plunkett’s can certainly take great pride in a fantastic championship effort though and certainly lit up this year’s series.
Nonetheless, Errigal Ciaran goes into the Tyrone Senior Final, a first time in the decider since 2012, with that highly impressive unbeaten 2017 run intact. Tyrone Gaels really are set for a real heavyweight title showdown with Errigal Ciaran v Omagh in two week’s time. Judging by what has been a fiercely contested championship series in 2017 that one looks set to be a cracker too!
Tyrone Gaels really are set for a real heavyweight title showdown with Errigal Ciaran v Omagh in two week’s time. Judging by what has been a fiercely contested championship series in 2017, that one looks set to be a cracker too!
Pomeroy: Frank Burns (0-3), Ollie McCreesh (0-3), Kieran McGeary (0-2), Hugh Pat McGeary (0-1), Brendan Burns (0-1), Damien Woods (0-1).
Errigal Ciaran: Peter Harte (0-4), David Harte (0-4), Niall Kelly (1-0), Ronan McRory (0-2), Ryan Lynch (0-1), Pauric McAnenly (0-1)
Impressive Moy book Intermediate Final date with Derrylaughan…
Harry Loughran and Eunan Deeney goals put Moy firmly in the driving seat in the 2nd Intermediate Championship semi-final as the Tir na nOg’s held a 2-3 to 0-1 lead against Gortin going in at half-time.
Loughran added a third Moy goal as the match entered the final quarter and led by 3-5 o 0-3 before a couple of Sean Cavanagh points saw them go 13 points in front. Another brace from Eunan Deeney, who top scored with 1-4, provided Moy with a comfortable semi-final victory on a 3-9 to 0-5 scoreline. They now meet Derrylaughan in the Intermediate decider next weekend.
Moy: Eunan Deeney (1-4), Harry Loughran (2-0), Sean Cavanagh (0-3), Colm Cavanagh (0-1), Ryan Coleman (0-1)
Gortin: Ruairi Keenan (0-2), Sean Og McAleer (0-1), Peter Keenan (0-1), Ciaran Brolly (0-1)