Unseasonably mild weather for October helped to attract a large crowd to Pomeroy for the replay of the Target Express Senior Championship semi final between Omagh St. Enda’s and Carrickmore. Unlike last weekend there were no traffic holdups as the Pomeroy stewards ensured a free flow of traffic to the pitch and adequate parking for all cars. Those who had arrived in early enough witnessed a very competitive and highly entertaining under sixteen grade one league final between Omagh St. Endas and Donaghmore.
Omagh led by six points at half time but Donaghmore showed considerable composure and self belief as they set about reducing the deficit. A converted penalty with less than ten minutes remaining gave Donaghmore the scent of victory and although they finished the game with only fourteen players they held on to win by the minimum margin.
This was the latest in a long line of excellent youth finals between two well drilled and skilful sides and with such talent coming through it augurs well for the future of Tyrone football. Omagh had lost the championship final the previous weekend and had come into this game determined to show that they were still a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately for Sean Meyler and his squad they came up against a team that refused to accept defeat and the lads from “the village” certainly deserved and enjoyed their win.
It was hardly the start to the day that Omagh supporters had been hoping for and there was the occasional ripple of nervous laughter among them when I mentioned to one or two that the one point defeat for the under sixteen team could well set the trend for the day.