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Fired-up Pomeroy turn on style to end their 12-year drought

Pomeroy 2-16 Donaghmoyne 0-10

By Kevin Kelly

Pomeroy ended a 12-year wait and made it a Tyrone double at Pairc Esler in Newry yesterday when they produced a power-packed second-half display to overwhelm Monaghan champions Donaghmoyne 2-16 to 0-10 in the Ulster Intermediate final.

Following Rock's earlier victory over Blackhill in the Ulster Junior decider at the same venue, Christopher Colhoun's goal separated the sides at the break, with the scores at 1-5 to 0-5.

In the second half, however, there was only one side in it as Pomeroy played some outstanding football.

The sides shared the opening four points with Padraig Donaghy getting a brace for the Monaghan men and Sean Quinn and Frank Burns on target for Pomeroy.

A well-taken John Loughran brace gave Pomeroy a lead that they never lost and when Colhoun crashed in a 16th-minute goal, they were well and truly in the driving seat.

Donaghmoyne rallied, though, and efforts from David Garland and Ronan McDonald had them within striking distance at the interval.

A Burns free got Pomeroy up and running once again in the second half before Donaghmoyne goalkeeper Shane Garland twice came to his side's rescue to deny the Tyrone men, the first a fingertip save to divert Ollie McCreesh's shot over the bar.

Burns and Loughran were in their groove and they added to Pomeroy's advantage and by the time the Monaghan champions opened their second-half account through a Garland free, they were in serious trouble as the clock continued to tick down.

Pomeroy substitutes Gavin Goodfellow and Justin McCaffrey got in on the act and both registered points before another McCreesh effort left it double scores, 1-13 to 0-8.

With five minutes to go, Pomeroy put the icing on the cake when Burns exchanged passes with McCaffrey to finish clinically to the net.

Aaron Courtney then registered another Donaghmoyne point but there was no question that it was Pomeroy's day with Damian Woods and Ryan Loughran adding to their mounting tally as they bridged a 12-year gap from their last success at this level.

Pomeroy scorers: F Burns 1-5, J Loughran 0-3, C Colhoun 1-0, J McCaffrey 0-2, O McCreesh 0-2, R Loughran 0-1, G Goodfellow 0-1, D Woods 0-1, S Quinn 0-1

Donaghmoyne scorers: P Donaghy 0-3, D Garland 0-3, R McDonald 0-2, D McElroy 0-1, A Courtney 0-1

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