It was very much the case of saving the good wine until last for those who made the trip across to Eoghan Ruadh’s hurling field in Dungannon on Sunday night. The LCC Tyrone Intermediate championship between Edendork and Division Two league champions Eglish was a game that had everything as both sides set about competing for a place in the final of the 2022 Tyrone Intermediate Championship.
Edendork opened the scoring after five minutes when county man Darren Mc Curry clipped over the first of his ten points as he put on a show of finishing from impossible angles.
Matthew Mc Gleenan and Ethan Jordan pointed to put Eglish in front on nine minutes but with chances coming thick and fast Edendork responded with points from Harry Óg Conlon and Mc Curry as the lead changed once again. Luke Donnelly and Niall Morgan swapped scores just before Conor Mc Kenna got his first point of the evening with a fine finish to level the scores at 0-4 apiece.
With ten minutes of the first half remaining and both sides pushing forward at every opportunity Edendork were rewarded when they moved two clear following points from Mc Curry and corner back Jack Donnelly. Conor Mc Kenna responded for Eglish to reduce the gap to one but Edendork finished the half strongly with three points from Dazzler while a strong run and finish from wing back Horsfield helped send Eglish off at the break trailing by three.
Half time score: Edendork 0-9, Eglish 0-6
The second half saw the pace and intensity increase as Mc Curry struck for point number seven of the game as Edendork opened up a four point lead. A brace of Emmett Mc Kenna points brought Eglish back into the game the deadly accurate left foot of Darren Mc Curry made it a three point game once more.
With Michael Mc Gleenan and Conor Mc Kenna on top in the middle of the park Eglish began to enjoy more possession and create better chances. Midway through the second half Mc Gleenan burst through to force Edendork goalkeeper Mark Mc Reynolds into a fine stop but Mc Gleenan’s momentum saw him get to the rebound first and finish to the net. A minute later and a point from Conor Mc Kenna put Eglish two clear.
The final quarter saw Eglish keeper Steven Daly pull off three or four superb one on one stops as Edendork chased the game. A converted 45 from Morgan and another sublime Mc Curry finish had the sides level once more. The pace never let up as Eglish moved two clear once more with points from Shane Mc Cann and Seamus Muldoon. Edendork responded again with excellent points from Harry Óg Conlon and Niall Morgan to level things once more.
As the game ticked towards added time Eglish moved ahead once more with a well taken score from Ethan Jordan but back came Mc Curry to leave things tied for the seventh time.
With extra time looking a real possibility Edendork showed character and composure as they manufactured one final chance and wing half forward James Fearon secured their place in the final with the winning score.
Final score: Edendork 0-17, Eglish 1-13
SCORERS : Edendork – D Mc Curry 0-10, Harry Óg Conlon 0-2. Niall Morgan 0-3, Jack Donnelly 0-1, James Fearon 0-1
Eglish- Matthew Mc Gleenan 0-2, Ethan Jordan 0-2, Luke Donnelly 0-1, Conor Mc Kenna 0-3, Dillon Horsfield 0-1, Emmett Mc Kenna 0-2, Michael Mc Gleenan 1-0, Shane Mc Cann 0-1, Seamus Muldoon 0-1