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Plunketts hoping for better days ahead

Brendan Burns and Sean Quinn put the squeeze on Carrickmore’s Tiarnan Murray.

A BAPTISM of fire back in the senior ranks ended in defeat for a Pomeroy side that will be hoping to learn from the experience of this tie against a Carrickmore side once again being tipped as contenders for Tyrone honours this year.

It is only weeks since the Plunkett’s bid for All-Ireland glory ended in agonising defeat at the semi-final stage. But new managers, Conal Sheridan and Peter Doherty have settled into the post and will be aiming for better days ahead as their Division One challenge gathers pace.

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Conal Sheridan is under no illusions about what lies ahead for them in a season brimming with high profile and tough clashes against teams of the calibre of the St Colmcille’s side which won yesterday’s meeting by 0-10 to 0-7.

“This was a step up from Intermediate football and getting a result from a game like this was always going to be a big challenge for the players. But they have acquitted themselves well, and it’s all about the process of them developing at this level,” he said.

“Today’s match proved what a big step up to senior is like. But it’s still very early in the season and they’re definitely a team that is trying to improve. Games against Carrickmore are always very important because of their status in Tyrone football and overall we’re reasonably satisfied.

“All the players have been looking forward to what was a local derby match. Hopefully the players will be in senior football for the long haul and will get many more matches like this,” he added.

Pomeroy’s bid for All-Ireland glory enlivened the early weeks of this year. During the intervening period since then their full focus has been on the start of the All-County League and settling into the challenges of the new season under the new management team.

It has been a case of attempting to maintain the momentum, according to the former Omagh St Enda’s player.

“We have been trying to keep the focus on this year while building on the progress of last year.  We had to gauge things carefully. The players are eager and ready for a big year ahead. No doubt we’ll have plenty more matches on a par with this one. But we’re not under any illusions and are looking forward to the challenge.”

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