Pomeroy dig deep to clinch victory
Castledawson 2-11 Pomeroy 1-16
A scintillating second half performance from Pomeroy's all-action attack line brought the Tyrone champions victory over Castledawson at the Athletic Grounds yesterday.
Aidan O'Donnell and Mark Harte's men trailed by two at the break, but with star men Frank Burns and Kieran McGeary outstanding, the Plunkets dug deep and produced a four-point swing en route to victory.
Points from Christopher Colhoun and Ryan Loughran underpinned a blistering start from the Tyrone champions. But as both Steelstown in the county final, and Whitecross in the previous round discovered, you write this Castledawson side off at your peril. Aidy Bradley opened the Castledawson account and did so in some style when he rattled the back of the Pomeroy net in the ninth minute.
A Frank Burns point aside, St Malachy's dominated for the remainder of the first half, hitting seven of the next eight scores to lead 1-6 to 1-4. The loss of both midfielders - Brendan Cunningham to injury and Ryan Loughran to a black card - twisted the blade a little further into the heart of Pomeroy's hopes.
Points from Niall McNicholl and Aidy Bradley stretched the Castledawson advantage to three soon after the restart, but from there Pomeroy quickly found top gear. Six points in a row brought them the lead midway through the half with Kieran McGeary deadly from frees.
The Derry men battled back and when Aidan Keenan fisted home from close range his goal levelled matters in the 48th minute.
But by this stage the Tyrone men had the bit between their teeth and a brace from impact sub Aidan Woods guided Pomeroy to an eventual two-point win.