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Brothers aim to prove Pomeroy's centenary party poopers

By John Campbell

Published 26/11/2016

Lead role: Frank Burns will have crucial part to play
Lead role: Frank Burns will have crucial part to play

Two Tyrone natives will be pulling out all the stops to heap agony on a team from the O'Neill county tomorrow.

Brothers Shane and Darren McElroy were born in Augher but moved with their family to Donaghmoyne in Monaghan when they were teenagers.

Now they will line out for Donaghmoyne against centenary-celebrating Pomeroy in the Ulster club intermediate football final at Pairc Esler, Newry conscious that victory could prove the first leg of a double for their adopted club.

Tomorrow week Donaghmoyne are due to meet Dublin side Foxrock Cabinteely in the All-Ireland Ladies senior club football final and men's team skipper Shane confirms that football fever is rampant within his club.

"There is an absolutely fantastic buzz within Donaghmoyne," said Shane. "Obviously with us being in the Ulster final tomorrow and the girls having reached their All-Ireland decider it seems that normal life has been put on hold."

"To be honest, I don't know an awful lot about Pomeroy simply because we are just focused on ourselves and how we can perform as a team. If we approach the game in the right manner, we would hope that would be good enough to see us over the line."

For Donaghmoyne, this is their ninth championship game of the year and the side have grown in stature in each outing.

But skipper McElroy quickly puts their progress into perspective.

"In recent years we have nearly always been the nearly team. We have had talented players but the difference this year is that we seemed to tick all the boxes in winning the Monaghan title and now we hope it will be a case of same again on Sunday," he stated.

Pomeroy for their part go into the game determined to atone for their below-par performance in the semi-final against Castledawson.

"We did a lot of things wrong in the first half but we got our act together after the break and came out on the right side in the end. But we can't afford a poor start tomorrow," warned skipper Hugh Pat McGeary.

Brendan Burns, Ciaran McKenna and Sean Quinn form a strong full back line for Pomeroy while Tyrone panellist Frank Burns wears the no 12 jersey but invariably covers every blade of grass.

Up front Gavin Goodfellow, Kieran McGeary and Ollie McCreesh are key forwards who can both create and take scores.

In the semi-final against Castledawson both midfielders Ryan Loughran and Brendan Cunningahm had to be replaced, one because of a black card and the other because of injury.

"Obviously this disrupted us for a spell but the boys who came on from the bench did a great job in the second half and I know that they will give a similar response tomorrow if required to do so," said skipper McGeary.

"I think they epitomise the spirit there is within our squad and we know that everyone must get into their stride."

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