Edendork will be playing senior football again in 2023 after edging past Moy in a gripping Promotion / Relegation playoff encounter at Father Devlin Park in Donaghmore on Saturday afternoon.
It was a contest that produced high quality football from two well matched sides and there was never much between them throughout. Edendork edged the first half 0-7 to 0-6 but it was the St.Malachys who required a free from the outstanding Darren McCurry to force extra time as it finished 0-15 apiece. Moy had looked likely winners when they led 0-14 to 0-11 but Edendork showed tremendous character to fight back. In extra time it was point for point again and the scoreboard read 0-18 each at the turnover. Just when penalties looked to be on the cards it was young wing half back Ben Cullen who proved to be the match winner. Special mention must go to the marksmanship on the day from Darren McCurry who finished with 0-13 to his name and Michael Conroy who registered 0-14.
Niall Morgan and Conroy traded early points before a brace from McCurry had Edendork 0-3 to 0-1 in front. A well taken brace from Conroy had the sides level before McCurry and Conn Kilpatrick replied for the winners. An outstanding score from centre half back Stephen Corr was followed by a McCurry free as Edendork moved three clear. Moy rallied though approaching halftime with a fine point from corner back Ronan O’Hanlon and a free from Conroy to leave just the minimum between the sides at the break.
Moy now had the wind at their backs and the introduced former Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh to the edge of the square for the second half. A well struck Morgan free into the breeze from distance opened the second half scoring before Daire Conway left three between the sides again. Moy though began to get on top and Jamie Coleman, who was playing in goals, got forward for a neat point before the Conroy brothers Michael and Ryan were both on target to level matters. Edendork defender Conor Mallon then got forward to land a quality score bit that was cancelled out by a Michael Conroy free to leave it 0-10 each going into the final quarter.
McCurry hit an outstanding point from out on the right wing but Moy then enjoyed a purple patch with Michael Conroy kicking four in a row including two peaches from play to leave three between them with only three minutes left to play. It looked like being decisive but Edendork had others ideas with their Captain McCurry landing a brace before a superb effort from Harry Og Conlan left it all square. Two minutes into injury time a brilliant point from Michael Conroy looked like being the winner but Edendork stuck to the task at hand and McCurry held his nerve to knock over a twenty five metre free with the last kick of the game to force extra time.
Ryan Lavery opened the scoring in extra time before McCurry landed a trio of brilliant scores to open up a two point gap. Moy though battled back with two frees from Michael Conroy leaving it all square at the turnaround again. Conroy and McCurry traded points from frees on the restart before the latter kicked an outrageous score from out on the left wing despite the attention of three Moy players. With time ticking away Moy drew level yet again with another quality score this time from midfielder Matthew Laverty. It was going to take something special to divide these two teams and it arrived courtesy of wing back Ben Cullen as Edendork made a quick return to senior ranks after a tremendous battle.
Edendork scorers – Darren McCurry 0-13 [6F], Niall Morgan 0-2 [1F], Harry Og Conlan 0-1, Ben Cullen 0-1, Conor Mallon 0-1, Stephen Corr 0-1, Conn Kilpatrick 0-1, Daire Conway 0-1
Moy scorers – Michael Conroy 0-14 [7F], Declan Conroy 0-2, Jamie Coleman 0-1, Ronan O’Hanlon 0-1, Matthew Laverty 0-1, Ryan Lavery 0-1