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Two Real Thrillers In Store In Intermediate Promotion Playoff Semis
At the top of the Division two table Pomeroy host Augher while Strabane will take on Derrytresk in the promotion playoff semi finals. Pomeroy and Strabane both went into last weekend’s games hoping results would have gone in their favour which could have meant automatic promotion for one of them. However following Moy’s narrow victory away to Galbally both sides were forced to settle for the playoffs and Saturday sees them with home advantage in the semi finals.
Interestingly when Pomeroy hosted Augher earlier in the season only a single point separated the sides with the Plunketts holding on for a one point win. Indeed Pomeroy have shown considerable resilience since then producing several fine displays including a well deserved draw away to double champions Cookstown. Kieran Mc Gearey, John Loughran and co would love to extend their season to mid November but know that they won’t have it easy against this Augher side. The Clogher Valley lads have huffed and puffed at times this year but in the Donnellys and Aidan Cassidy they have the quality to cause problems for the Pomeroy defence.
Strabane Sigersons produced a rather lifeless display last Saturday away to Clan na Gael and know that a similar performance against Derrytresk would see their chances of promotion disappear. The Sigersons have plenty of class and talent in their team with Warner Mullen, John and Brendan Mc Laughlin and JP Gallagher the main men for them. They will be confident that they can get the win at home but Derrytresk will relish the battle. The Men from the Hill have built on their success of last year and have established themselves to be a real force in intermediate football this year. Niall Gavin is the top scorer in Division Two but they are by no means a one man band. Cathal O’Neill, Joe Mc Kee and Caolan Corr would get their places on the vast majority of club teams in Tyrone and beyond. There was only a point between the sides when they met earlier in the season and it could well be as close this time around.