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Pomeroy Plunketts 2-13 - St Colmcille’s (Meath) 3-11

By John Campbell

A gallant Pomeroy side had a place in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship final snatched from their grasp in the most dramatic circumstances as their absorbing semi-final against St Colmcille's reached a crescendo at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh yesterday.

Afterwards, Pomeroy manager Mark Harte reflected on an epic encounter which did not, however, provide a fairytale ending.

"I am extremely proud of my players because at one stage it looked as if we were going to take a bit of a hiding but the lads just refused to throw in the towel. I am heartbroken for them," declared Harte.

If opportunist goals from David O'Byrne and James Conlon had earlier ushered St Colmcille's into the driving seat, then a 40th-minute penalty goal from Frank Burns sparked a Pomeroy revival that saw them hit 1-5 without reply.

They edged ahead at 2-10 to 2-8 when John Loughran slammed in their second goal but after substitute Conor O'Byrne had plundered a third goal, Ben Brennan drilled over a long-range winner for St Colmcille's.

Pomeroy Plunketts: J McCourt; B Burns, C McKenna, S Quinn; D Nugent, H P McGeary 0-1, M McKeever; R Loughran 0-1, J Loughran 1-1; K McGeary 0-3, O McCreesh, F Burns 1-5 (1-0 pen, 3f); K Armstrong, C Colhoun 0-1, G Goodfellow. Subs: J McCaffrey (0-1) for K McGeary (11), A Woods for Quinn (26), K McGeary for Nugent (35), R Lagan for McCreesh (BC 58). Yellow cards: Nugent (13), McKeever (17), K McGeary (58).

St Colmcille's: J Brown; A Lynch, J McDonnell, C Ward; E Woods, I Mullan, J Sweeney; D Sheerin, R McCloskey 0-1 C Hillard, B Brennan 0-2 (2f), D O'Byrne 1-0; G Reilly 0-4 (2f), N Ronan, J Conlon 1-3. Subs: C O'Byrne 1-1 for Hillard (half-time), J Kavanagh for Ward (BC 34), D McMahon for Woods (45), J Reynolds for O'Byrne (49), B Mullen for McDonnell (54). Yellow cards: Ronan (18), McCloskey (20), Woods (30), C O'Byrne (53). Red card: Brennan (63).

Referee: James Molloy (Galway).

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