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Pulsating finish sees Pomeroy march into semis

Clonoe 1-11 Pomeroy 2-10

By John Campbell

Pomeroy, who only gained senior status last year, turned in a stirring performance to overcome Clonoe in the Tyrone senior championship quarter-final replay at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh, last night.

A pulsating finish saw Aidan McKenna grab Pomeroy's second goal, before PJ Lavery thundered in a spectacular Clonoe goal.

Clonoe opened at a brisk pace and within the first 10 minutes Declan McClure was on target from two frees, with Patrick Doris tacking on another score, before Justin McCaffrey and John Loughran fired over bringing Pomeroy back into the picture.

With McClure imposing himself and Dan McNulty proving a hot handful for the Pomeroy defence, Clonoe stole further ahead when Paul Coney cut through to steer over a point in the 30th minute in response to a Frank Burns score for Pomeroy.

Clonoe's tenuous 0-5 to 0-3 lead should indeed have been much greater, but their profligacy saw them spurn a series of scoring chances.

Pomeroy, in contrast, lost no time in producing one of the best moves of the match when Gavin Goodfellow flashed the ball to the net after a right-wing raid.

But three spectacular Conor McAliskey points kept Clonoe in touch and just one point separated the sides at 1-8 to 0-9 before the late scoring burst that brought the game to a crescendo.

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