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Errigal Dig Deep To Reach County Final

Sunday 01.10.2017
Team Talk Mag

Errigal Ciaran are through to the 2017 Tyrone Senior County Final but they were made to fight all the way by a superb Pomeroy team who produced yet another stirring display of commitment and energy.

In front of a huge and expectant crowd at Carrickmore on Sunday evening the Dunmoyle lads played with the aid of the breeze in the opening half but were forced to scrap for every yard of space as the Plunketts set about continuing their fine championship form.

Frank Burns opened the scoring with a converted free before Ronan Mc Crory and Peter Harte pointed to put Errigal in front. Kieran Mc Geary levelled the game with a superb point after eight minutes but there were only four further scores in the remaining twenty two minutes of the opening half as both defences dominated. Points from Ronan Mc Crory, Peter Harte and Davy Harte eased Errigal three in front before a fine score from the boot of Frank Burns left the half time score 0-5 to 0-3 in favour of Errigal.

The intensity level rose in the second half as both sides went in search of scores. A brace of excellent points from the boot of Ollie Mc Creesh inside the opening six minutes tied the game before Peter Harte and Frank Burns swapped points to tie the game again. Kieran Mc Geary converted a long range effort to put Pomeroy in front but then came the incident which probably changed the course of the game.

Pomeroy centre back Brendan Burns received a black card following a tackle of Peter Harte and the Plunketts certainly missed his leadership and influence in the remainder of the second half. To compound the decision Davy Harte converted the resultant free to level the game again as the match entered the closing ten minutes.

Two fantastic points from Kieran and Hugh Pat Mc Geary put Pomeroy two up as the match swung in favour of the men in black and amber. However with Peter Og Mc Cartan becoming increasingly influential Errigal fought their way back from the brink. Davy Harte converted two further chances to level the game before a fine Ryan Lynch finish had Errigal in front with less than five minutes left.

The Plunketts gambled to win possession with a short kick out but Errigal turned them over and corner back Niall Kelly was on hand to finish the ball to the back of the net and win the game for Errigal Ciaran.

With time almost up Pomeroy continued to push forward and although Damien Woods reduced the gap with a fine point Pauric Mc Anenly restored the four point differential with a last minute score and Pascal Canavan’s side celebrated a 1-12 to 0-11 win and a place in the final against Omagh.


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