GAA: Late rally sees Barrys claim points - Derrylaughan 0-17 Pomeroy 1-11

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Derrylaughan fought back from a five point deficit with 15 minutes remaining to get the better of Pomeroy at the Washingbay on Sunday.

Pomeroy had the upperhand for much of the proceedings and seemed to be in command when Hugh McNamee lobbed into the top corner of the Derrylaughan goal 13 minutes into the second half, but that score sparked the Barrys into life.

Derrylaughan's  Colm O'Hagan tussles for the ball with Pomeroy's Sean Quinn.INTT1914-438

Derrylaughan's Colm O'Hagan tussles for the ball with Pomeroy's Sean Quinn.INTT1914-438

The home side scored nine of the final ten points to give themselves a three point victory and their second win of the season.

The sides went toe to toe in the opening ten minutes of the game, being locked together at three points a piece.

Midfielder Mark McKenna opened the scoring for Pomeroy getting forward to kick a fine point 75 seconds in, a score that Darragh Carney cancelled out a couple of minutes later.

Frank Burns was always involved from centre half forward and he pointed a free a couple of moments later but his direct marker Sean Robinson responded with a point from play.

Burns was on target again from the placed ball but Ciaran Quinn, who was a constant thorn in the Pomeroy side, levelled with a well taken score.

Pomeroy midfielder Mark McKenna was in fine form and helping drive his side forward. He was instrumental in their next point, setting Burns free after winning a kick-out, Burns again making no mistake with his shot.

Another Burns free from the sent the Plunketts into a two point lead with 14 minutes played but Derrylaughan hit right back with defenders Sean Robinson and Mark Robinson on target both from play.

Four of Derrylaughan’s defence were on target in this contest contributing five points, and these scores proved crucial in the end.

The Plunketts replied, Hugh Pat McGeary surging forward to score from full-back before Ryan Loughran and Ollie McCreesh opened up a three point gap for the first time.

Darragh Carney and Shea Coney responded for Derrylaughan from frees but Burns would have the last word in the half with a late free sending his side two points up at the end.

Derrylaughan looked in trouble and didn’t help themselves as they kicked two early wides.

In the fourth minute of the half Hugh McNamee added to the Pomeroy lead a point hotly disputed by Derrylaughan.

Coney narrowed the gap once more before Pomeroy scored what looked like the games most important scores.

A palm down from Justin McCaffrey on the right wing put Frank Burns into space. Burns found Hugh McNamee who brilliantly lobbed the ball into the angle of the Derrylaughan goal putting Pomeroy five points up with just over 15 minutes remaining.

Derrylaughan didn’t panic, however, and closed the gap straight from the kick-out Mickey McCuskey getting forward to score. Conor McCabe pointed seconds later as the gap was narrowed back to a goal and suddenly the Barrys believed.

Darragh Carney pointed for Derrylaughan but this was cancelled out by McNamee as Pomeroy showed they had no intention to roll over.

With eight minutes remaining Derrylaughan were three adrift but quick scores from Shea Coney and two Martin McStravog points levelled matters.

With three minutes left Derrylaughan took the lead for the first time as Mattie O’Neill scored his first senior point after good work from McCuskey and McCabe.

With the Barrys in the ascendancy Ciaran Gervin stepped up and settled any nerves with two brilliant late points, two extend the lead to three.

Martin McStravog did see a second yellow card late on as Derrylaughan tried to hang on but it didn’t matter as Mark Robinson and Ciaran Quinn combined to help snuff out a late Pomeroy chance.

Derrylaughan: James Kennedy, Mark Robinson, Seamus Carron, Colm O’Hagan, Conor McCabe, Sean Robinson, Mickey McCuskey, Conor Kelly, Shea Coney, Ciaran Quinn, Martin McStravog, Liam Gervin, Darragh Carney, Brendan Quinn, Mattie O’Neill. Subs: Ciaran Gervin for Carney

Scorers: Darragh Carney 0-3, Shea Coney 0-3, Sean Robinson 0-2, Marty McStravog 0-2, Ciaran Gervin 0-2, Ciaran Quinn 0-1, Mark Robinson 0-1, Mickey McCuskey 0-1, Conor McCabe 0-1, Mattie O’Neill 0-1.

Pomeroy: John McCourt, Gareth McAleer, Hugh Pat McGeary, Aidan Cunningham, Eunan McCormick, Kieran McGeary, Sean Quinn, Mark McKenna, Brendan Cunningham, Gavin Armstrong, Frank Burns, Ryan Loughran, Ollie McCreesh, Justin McCaffrey, Hugh McNamee. Subs: Gavin Goodfellow for Armstrong, Stephen McKenna for McAleer, Joe Cunningham for McCaffrey

Scorers: Frank Burns 0-5, Hugh McNamee 1-2, Mark McKenna 0-1, Hugh Pat McGeary 0-1, Ollie McCreesh 0-1, Ryan Loughran 0-1.

Referee:

Martin Mohan, Eglish