Edendork shook off the disappointment of losing the intermediate final, at the weekend by qualifying for the division 2 league play off decider following a stern examination from a brave Gortin side. The game was superbly hosted by the Kildress club with the surface in perfect condition.
Darren McCurry gave an exhibition of point taking finishing the contest with seven points from play, his accuracy ultimately the difference between the sides.
McCurry set the tone by opening the scoring after 35 seconds, with a lovely curling strike. Goalkeeper Cathal McCullagh levelled the game, in the 5th minute confidently kicking a free from just outside 45 metres.
Darren McCurry edged Edendork back in front, before Gortin hit three points in succession, firstly Ruairi Keenan opened his account before his midfield partner Ciaran Brolly drove the ball over the bar. Evergreen Peter Clarke hooked the ball over and Gortin led 4-2 as the first quarter ended. McCurry scored the score of the game to stem the flow. Despite Gortin applying plenty of pressure McCurry managed to create a yard of space before curling the ball over with the outside of his boot.
Harry Og Conlon tied the game in the 17th minute, before McCurry kicked his side in front again minutes later. Peter Clarke was proving to be an effective target man inside and tied the game with his second point. Once again McCurry was on hand with his fifth point to nudge the St Malachys back in front. With little between the sides it was no surprise when Peter Keenan converted a free to make it 6 a piece.
Similiarly to Clarke, Harry Og Conlon was proving to be a handful and when he received the ball on the right hand side he split the posts with 26 minutes played. A well marshalled Sean Og McAleer brought the sides level with the final attack of a breathless first half.
Edendork started the second half brightly. A long delivery from Neil Kilpatrick nearly deceived the Gortin rear guard, but it deflected onto the outside of the post. Niall Morgan converting the resultant 45. Morgan extended the lead further in the following minute with a long range point from play. Ciaran Brolly registered for Gortin before the game’s first goal nearly arrived. Receiving a Conn Kilpatrick pass, Harry Og Conlon bore down on goal but he powered his effort over the bar.
Edendork were in the ascendance largely due to Neil Kilpatrick dominating the Gortin kick out. Mccurry was on target again before Niall Morgan converted his second 45, the lead was 4 at the midpoint of the secod half.
With 9 minutes remaining Gortin received a lifeline. Edendork being reduced to 14 Harry Og Conlon picking up a second yellow.
Gortin drove forward with intent, Peter Clarke kicked his third, Odhran Brolly went through the middle to reduce the deficit, with 5 remaining and when Sean Og McAleer scored in the final minute, extra time was a real possibility.
However Darren McCurry had other ideas and his point in injury time from an acute angle, was the insurance score. The winner’s defence comfortably withstood Gortin’s final attacks.
Final Score Edendork 0-13 0-11 Gortin.
Edendork now await the winner of the other semi final between Pomeroy and Kileeshil.
Edendork: M McReynolds, Padraig Donnelly, Donal Maneely, Conor Mallon, Ben Cullen, Stephen Corr, Luke Ferguson, Conn Kilpatrick & Conor Cullen, Christopher McCurry, Darren McCurry (0-7), Daire Conway, Neil Kilpatrick, Niall Morgan (0-3, 2 45s) Harry Og Conlon (0-3)
Gortin: Cathal McCullagh (0-1 1f), Peter Bradley, Cormac Bradley, Pat McCullagh, Finn McKenna, Daire McSwiggan, Peter Keenan(0-1 1f) , Ciaran Brolly (0-2), Ruairi Keenan (0-1), Odhran Brolly(0-1), Sean Og McAleer (0-2), Laurence Hollywood, Fiachra McNulty, Shane Clarke, Peter Clarke (0-3)