GAA: Derrylaughan hold off late Edendork fightback

Derrylaughan's Brian Kennedy gets to grips with Edendork's Darren McCurry during Sunday's league clash.INTT2115-374
Derrylaughan's Brian Kennedy gets to grips with Edendork's Darren McCurry during Sunday's league clash.INTT2115-374

Derrylaughan 0-11 Edendork 0-10

The last perfect record in Division Two fell on Sunday as Derrylaughan squeezed narrowly past previously unbeaten Edendork.

A strong performance in the third quarter from the Barrys helped them open up a five point lead, helped them to withstand a strong Edendork fightback.

Edendork's Brian O'Rouke and Derrylaughan's Ciaran O'Hagan race for the ball during Sunday's league clash.INTT2115-376

Edendork's Brian O'Rouke and Derrylaughan's Ciaran O'Hagan race for the ball during Sunday's league clash.INTT2115-376

The first 15 minutes of the contest was frantic with both sides trying to establish their imprint on the game.

Playing into a stiff breeze, Edendork made the better start, Darren McCurry pointing after a foul on Conn Kilpatrick.

Attacking the loughshore end, Derrylaughan responded almost immediately with Ciaran Quinn taking advantage of a tap down from Brendan Quinn to fire over.

A minute later Ciaran Gervin fired over from play with a well taken score before Ciaran Quinn struck for his second, taking on his man marker Conor Mallon and pointing an excellent score.

Edendork's Brian O'Rouke's attack is cut out by Derrylaughan's Dominic Taggary and Liam Gervin.INTT2115-375

Edendork's Brian O'Rouke's attack is cut out by Derrylaughan's Dominic Taggary and Liam Gervin.INTT2115-375

The St Malachy’s responded almost immediately as teenager Stephen Corr pointed for his side, before Niall Morgan nailed a well struck 45 into a stiff breeze to level matters.

The Barrys welcomed Liam Gervin back to their side having missed the last couple of matches and he made his mark with a point to give Derrylaughan the lead once more.

The lead was then made two in the twelfth minute as Darragh Carney pointed a straight forward free after a foul on Seamus McCann.

Temperatures were beginning to rise as the half wore on Derrylaughan’s Sean Robinson and Darragh Carney both found their way into the book as did Tommy Lowe and Darren McCurry for Edendork.

Edendork's Harry Og Conlon breaks from midfield during Sunday's league clash with Derrylaughan.INTT2115-372

Edendork's Harry Og Conlon breaks from midfield during Sunday's league clash with Derrylaughan.INTT2115-372

Edendork did level matter as Morgan again demonstrated his accuracy from placed balls with two well struck efforts from distance tying things up a 0-5 each.

Then with five minutes to go in the half both teams found themselves reduced to 14 men as Brendan Quinn and Chris McCurry both saw red following some ‘handbags’.

When things eventually settled down it was Derrylaughan who finished the half the better, Darragh Carney pointing a free after a foul on Ciaran Quinn.

After the break, the Barrys settled much the quicker and made the visitors pay with Ciaran O’Hagan getting up from full-back to draw a free, Carney making little mistake from the dead ball.

Two minutes later Conor McCabe was fouled allowing Carney to extend the Barrys advantage to three points.

Edendork were not without their chances particularly for goals but James Kennedy put his body on the line more than once to keep the St Malachys at bay.

Derrylaughan’s Liam Gervin made the lead four points eight minutes into the half with a well taken point from play after good work from Carney.

County minor Brian Kennedy then got in on the act as he showed plenty of composure to point after good work from Tomas Carney, Ciaran Quinn and Sean Robinson in the build up.

With 15 minutes of the half played Edendork still hadn’t registered their first score of the half and their opponents might well have been out of sight as Ciaran Gervin punched onto the Edendork crossbar with Mark McReynolds beat.

It took a point from corner back Lorcan Devlin to spring his side into life as he took a neat point.

That was the spark Edendork needed to get back into the game. With Niall Morgan coming to midfield and Harry Og Conlon becoming more influential Liam Donnelly’s charges began to look like they might take something from the tie.

Devlin’s effort was followed by a Conlon point from play and a Darren McCurry free in the 52nd minute made the Derrylaughan lead just two.

Ciaran Quinn kicked a brilliant point for the Barrys to restore their three point lead with five minutes remaining but Edendork were looking increasingly dangerous.

Derrylaughan needed a great block from Ciaran O’Hagan to deny Edendork a goal before a Niall Morgan 45 made the gap two.

Harry Og Conlon fisted a point in the final minute of normal time to leave one between the sides.

Then in the third minutes of injury time Edendork got a chance to tie the game but a Niall Morgan free from distance drifted to the right and wide.

This result leave the two teams tied at the top of the league table with a break now for the championship.