Edendork 3-6 Derrytresk 1-8
League leaders Edendork are through to the last four of the Donnelly Vauxhall Intermediate championship but they had to pull out all the stops to get past a dogged Derrytresk side at Father Campbell Park in Coalisland on Saturday evening.
The winners managed only one first half point as a late goal from Ronan O’Neill gave Derrytresk a deserved interval advantage.
Having said that the St Malachys, who were forced to field without influential injured duo Harry Og Conlon and Niall Morgan, struck for two superb goals from Darren McCurry and Brian McGuckin.
Within ten minutes of the restart Derrytresk had moved three points in front and an upset looked to be on the cards but they were to score just once more.
Veteran McGuckin rolled back the years with another clinical finish to the net to get his side’s challenge up and running while McCurry, who by his own high standards had missed a lot of chances, showed his class with a trio of superb points when it mattered most to help guide his side through to a fascinating semi-final meeting with Cookstown.
Edendork had the game’s opening score inside thirty seconds via Brian Og O’Rourke after McCurry had off-loaded the ball to him.
Niall Gavin levelled matters from a twenty five metre free but in the 9th minute Edendork struck for their first goal when McCurry exchanged passes with Lorcan McGrath before giving keeper Aidan Quinn no chance with a thumping finish to the roof of the net.
It was Derrytresk though who responded well to that setback with Caolan Corr floating over two frees before Joe McKee got their first point from play in the 22nd minute to level matters.
Derrytresk were going well at this stage but sixty seconds later they were rocked when Conor Mallon found McGuckin who blasted past Quinn for the lead once more.
That proved to be their last score of the first half however as Derrytresk finished strongly.
McKee hit an outstanding point from out on the right wing and in first half injury time he delivered a long range free into the danger area which Gavin flicked across for O’Neill to palm home from close range for a 1-5 to 2-1 interval lead.
McCurry hit three wides in the opening moments of the second half and it was Derrytresk who got off the mark with a point from midfielder Aidan Gavin and that was quickly followed by a wonderful effort from Niall Gavin from out on the right wing.
McCurry finally found his touch with a superb point to open Edendork’s second half account and moments later they had the lead when McGuckin finished in style to the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Derrytresk though stuck to the task at hand and a surging run up field from full back Kevin Campbell saw him set up Connor Gavin for the equaliser.
That’s when McCurry came to the fore with well taken scores of either foot and when McGuckin and Sean Donnelly tagged on late points as well they were through to the last four.