PUMPED UP Pomeroy savoured a ‘Happy Monday’ outing to Healy Park as they ‘stepped on’ Owen Roes Intermediate title ambitions in an attritional semi-final struggle.
Despite being reduced to fourteen men when Tyrone star Frank Burns picked up a straight red card just before half-time, the Plunketts again demonstrated huge reserves of courage and resilience to dig deep.
The match appeared destined for a replay following a nervy and error-riddled second period, but in the closing stages Pomeroy rediscovered their scoring mojo as Lorcan Kilpatrick and Olly McCreesh (free) popped over the winning points.
This will be a tough one to take for Owen Roes who failed to reach their true potential on a rainy evening and struggled to feed their talisman Cathal McShane with sufficient quality ammunition to shoot down the opposition.
In fairness the Plunketts had their homework done, with McShane’s county team-mate Hugh-Pat McGeary shadowing his every move, and Burns (during his brief stint on the pitch) acting as an effective foil around his own ‘45’.
It meant that the Tyrone hot-shot was limited to just three points on the night, one from play, though credit should also go to the Roes back unit, and hardened battlers like Gerard Devine, Gerard McShane and Brendan Boggs who also negated the Pomeroy attacking threat for much of the night.
In the end, though, it was Pomeroy who snatched the golden ticket, courtesy of Kilpatrick and McCreesh to set up a derby contest with Galbally in the Intermediate decider.
FULL STORY IN TOMORROW’S STRABANE CHRONICLE