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Scoreboard malfunction leads to confusion at end of Moy-Pomeroy match

Referee Brian McCallion on his way from the field after Sunday's game at Plunkett Park. Picture by Seamus Loughran

A SCOREBOARD malfunction ensured confusion reigned during and after Sunday's Tyrone Division One clash between Moy and Pomeroy at Plunkett Park.

Nine minutes after half-time, a long-range free from Moy's Michael Conroy put the All-Ireland intermediate club champions 1-8 to 0-6 ahead.

However, the scoreboard had inadvertently extended their lead to six points as part of the digits required to form an eight were missing, leaving what looked more like a nine and a score of 1-9 to 0-6 with 21 minutes to play.

Pomeroy soon hit the comeback trail with Brendan Burns and Ollie McCreesh closing the gap before Moy's Tom Loughran rose high to fist to the net in the 48th minute.

That was to be the last score of the day for Gavin McGilly's men, and a minute later a disputed point for Pomeroy's Hugh Pat McGeary was given by referee Brian McCallion.

Further scores from Kieran McGeary, McCreesh and three late, late Frank Burns frees levelled matters up – yet the scoreboard still had Moy winning by a point, 2-9 to 0-14.

Some of the Pomeroy faithful were quick to make the point to referee McCallion as he left the field, and the correct scoreline of 2-8 to 0-14 was later submitted to the Tyrone County Board.

“Our players were saying to the ref ‘what is the score here?'” said Moy boss Gavin McGilly, who is working alongside Declan Fox.

“It was 14 each, that was the correct score, but I suppose it impacts how you play the game out. That's where a lot of the confusion arose.”

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