GAA: Edendork are crowned Intermediate champions

The Edendork team celebrate winning the Intermediate championship title. INTT4115-700DCA
The Edendork team celebrate winning the Intermediate championship title. INTT4115-700DCA

Edendork 2-12 Urney 1-12

Edendork survived a late scare to claim the Intermediate championship title, 30 years after their last success.

The St Malachys appeared to be cruising to victory midway through the second half when they took a five point lead but they were pegged back by a stunning Urney comeback.

Harry Og Conlon scores Edendork's second goal. INTT4115-704DCA

Harry Og Conlon scores Edendork's second goal. INTT4115-704DCA

Not phased Edendork, showed real resilience and went again, kicking the last three points of the contest to claim victory.

With a colour clash between the sides, Edendork lined out in an unusual white and green shirt, with green shorts.

Playing into the wind in the opening half, Edendork took their time to get going as Johnny Lafferty caused the St Malachy’s plenty of problems.

It was the former county man who opened the scoring in the early stages, firing over after he cut in from the left wing.

Brian Og O'Rourke shoots for a point for Edendork. INTT4115-703DCA

Brian Og O'Rourke shoots for a point for Edendork. INTT4115-703DCA

The St Malachy’s responded immediately, Christopher McCurry tapping down to his younger brother Darren who slotted between the uprights to level the scores.

Edendork then took the lead as Harry Og Conlan pointed from play in the eighth minute of the contest.

Urney showed their experience at this final stage as they hit the next three points, Jamie McAleer, Ronan Lafferty and Johnny Laffery all on target.

With Edendork under pressure they struck for a goal, Niall Morgan winning the ball in the Urney defence and feeding McCurry who won the ball and turned brilliantly and shot first time past Keith Nelis in the Urney net.

Tommy Lowe grabs onto Urney's Fergal McNulty. INTT4115-705DCA

Tommy Lowe grabs onto Urney's Fergal McNulty. INTT4115-705DCA

Urney didn’t panic and responded a couple of minutes later, as Lafferty drew a foul from Stephen Corr allowing Plunkett Langan to point a free,

Langan pointed another free in the 23rd minute, but Edendork responded immediately Niall Morgan slotting a stunning free from the left wing after a somewhat harsh free was blown against Urney.

Urney took the lead into the half time as Ryan Henry converted a late free, Tommy Lowe somewhat fortunate to escape a card after a pulldown.

Edendork began the second half like a team in a hurry and opened the scoring inside a minute of the restart, Lowe finding Morgan with a long ball, and the county goalkeeper turned and slotted a point.

Henry restored the Urney lead in the 34th minute with a straight-forward free but the tide was turning in Edendork’s direction.

As a lofted shot from Darren McCurry dropped short, Niall Morgan tapped it down out of Keith Nelis’ grasp and Harry Og Conlan was on hand to fire a rasping effort into the back of the net.

Fergal McNulty got a point a minute later to help setlle his side but Edendork were slowly but surely taking over.

Frees from Darren McCurry and Morgan extended the lead to three by the 42nd minute, Urney’s only response was another McNulty point.

Brian Og O’Rourke slotted over a point from play before Morgan then nailed a free from 60 metres.

Conor Mallon added a point from centre half back as Liam Donnelly’s men held a five point lead with ten minutes remaining.

Urney looked down and out but new life with breathed into their challenge as substitute Chris Bogle hit the roof of the Urney net, after a couple of decent Urney chances had been blocked.

Less than a minute later the gap was just a point as Johnny Lafferty pointed and, with three minutes to go, the sides were level, the experienced Ronan Lafferty popping up with a point to tie things.

With the game now in the balance, Urney looked like they had the momentum but midfielder Christopher McCurry, who had been subbed off and then subbed back on when Urney made their comeback put his side into the lead once more.

Teenager Conn Kilpatrick added another as the game entered injury time before Conor Mallon got up the field for a late point to make the gap three.

Urney had one late chance but a fisted effort just shaved the Edendork post to the relief of the St Malachy’s fans as they secured the Paddy Cullen Cup and a place in senior football in 2016.