GAA: ACL Division Two - Edendork are promotion play-offs surprise packets

Edendork's Darren McCurry on the ball  INTT3412-208JS
Edendork's Darren McCurry on the ball INTT3412-208JS

STEWARTSTOWN 4-4 GALBALLY 2-4

Stewartstown turned a five point half time deficit into a six point victory over promotion-chasing Galbally, at blustery Mullaghmoyle on Saturday evening.

The Pearses looked set for victory, when they enjoyed a 1-3 to 0-1 half time advantage, but Stewartstown capitalised on the wind on the restart with Gareth Devlin grabbing a hat trick of goals to end their season on a winning note.

Ronan Nugent and Eamon McElroy had the visitors 2-0 clear before James Lennon goaled on 16 minutes, as Stewartstown struggled to make the most of limited chances.

Nugent landed a second point before the Harps belatedly opened their account through Cathal Devlin on 30 minutes.

James Lowe and Nugent swapped points on the turnaround before corner back Niall Dillon rattled the rigging on 41 minutes to turn the game on its head. Darren Devlin pointed, with Gareth Devlin netting twice in a nine period as the hosts took control.

A Ryan Devlin point stretched the advantage before Devlin completed his hat trick on 57 minutes, when referee Raymond McCann awarded a penalty following a foul on Devlin. Lennon hit a consolation goal for Galbally, who will entertain Edendork in the promotion semi-finals next weekend.

Stewartstown scorers – Gareth Devlin 3-0, Niall Dillon 1-0, Cathal Devlin 0-1, James Lowe 0-1, Darren Devlin 0-1, Ryan Devlin 0-1

Galbally scorers – James Lennon 2-0, Ronan Nugent 0-3, Eamon McElroy 0-1

EDENDORK 1-15 KILDRESS 1-12

Edendork were the big winners in Intermediate Grade on Sunday as St Malachys secured a promotion play off semi-final ticket against Galbally thanks to a hard earned three point win over Kildress.

Edendork looked set for a facile victory when they reached the interval holding a commanding 1-11 to 0-3 lead against an out of sorts Kildress side. Eoin Brannigan and Darren McCurry swapped points before a Brian McGuckin goal on three minutes set the foundations for a half of home domination with McCurry, Harry Og Conlon and Stephen O’Neill kicking some excellent points from open play.

Kildress relied on efforts from Des Treacy and Matthew Heagney to stay in touch while their disjointed approach was illustrated on 21 minutes, when goalkeeper Mark McReynolds denied Martin Grimes from the penalty spot.

Trailing by eleven points, Kildress set about reducing the deficit at the top of half two with a succession of points from Enda McAleer, Frank McGurk and Heagney while the introduction of substitute Martin McGurk gave them added impetus in attack.

The substitute was to contribute 1-2 but, despite outscoring Edendork 1-9 to 0-4 the damage was done. McCurry hitting three of the hosts’ second half points to secure victory.

Edendork scorers – Darren McCurry 0-8, Brian McGuckin 1-2, Darragh Conway 0-2, Harry Og Conlon 0-1, Stephen O’Neill 0-1, Stephen Gervin 0-1

Kildress scorers – Martin McGurk 1-2, Frank McGurk 0-4, Matthew Heagney 0-2, Phillip McKenna 0-1, Eoin Brannigan 0-1, Des Treacy 0-1, Enda McAleer 0-1

URNEY 4-8 DERRYTRESK 1-8

Urney cemented their promotion semi-final status courtesy of a nine point win over Derrytresk, at the River Finn venue, but for long periods of the game, it looked as if Derrytresk would secure the win needed to avoid the dreaded relegation play-offs.

The Fir an Chnoic bossed the opening half exchanges with Joe McKee, Mickey Rea, Cathal O’Neill and Caolan Corr managing points as they eased into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead after only 25 minutes.

However, Urney replied in damaging fashion in the closing stages with Jonah Lafferty finding the net to augment two further Johnny Lafferty points as they entered the break trailing by one. Derrytresk 1-3 to 0-7 ahead, but such was their dominance it should have been more.

The second half saw Urney taking complete control with Ronan Lafferty driving the North Tyrone men to victory from midfield. Rising prospect Jonah Lafferty added three second half goals with Johnny Lafferty, Jamie McAleer and Anthony McGonigle pointing in reply to a Joe McKee major, McKee the only marksman in the half as Derrytresk face the prospect of a survival shoot-out against Rock.

Urney scorers – Jonah Lafferty 4-0, Johnny Lafferty 0-4, Jamie McAleer 0-3, Anthony McGonigle 0-1

Derrytresk scorers – Joe McKee 1-5, Mickey Rea 0-1, Cathal O’Neill 0-1, Caolan Corr 0-1

DUNGANNON 2-6 AGHYARAN 2-8

Aghyaran’s trip to Dungannon proved to be a fruitful as the St Davog s posted the final three points of the game to slam the relegation trapdoor shut.

Matthew Walsh had handed the Clarkes an early lead only to see Aghyaran responding with a Ronan McHugh goal.

Dungannon though came battling back with Matthew McSwiggan pointing before Patrick Quinn scored an impressive individual goal, when cutting in from the side line.

Five minutes later Padraig McNulty raised a second green flag only to see Aghyaran fight back to take a 2-3 to 2-2 half time lead thanks to a second McHugh major, Sean Byrne and Shane Sweeney with the away points in half one.

McSwiggan and Barry Cassidy nudged Dungannon ahead on the resumption but it was Aghyaran who needed the points more - and they showed it as Byrne 0-3 and Ronan McNamee 0-2 contributed their entire second half tally to send them home with the league spoils that consigned Derrytresk to the play-offs.

Dungannon scorers – Patrick Quinn 1-1, Padraig McNulty 1-0, Barry Cassidy 0-2, Matthew McSwiggan 0-2, Matthew Walsh 0-1

Aghyaran scorers – Ronan McHugh 2-0, Sean Byrne 0-5, Ronan McNamee 0-2, Shane Sweeney 0-1

ROCK 2-6 MOORTOWN 1-9

Rock and Moortown shared the honours in an entertaining game, at St Patrick’s Park on Sunday as Rock prepare for the forthcoming relegation play offs against Derrytresk.

Moortown dominated on their way to a 1-6 to 0-3 half time lead. Tony Quinn supplying the goal and a few points to augment efforts from Conor Herron and Daniel Quinn as the newly-crowned league champions looked poised to end the season on a high.

Rock, though, came roaring back in the second half with goals from Aidan McGarrity and Mickey McElduff bringing them back into contention, while points from Conor McCreesh, McGarrity and Diarmuid Carroll was enough to clinch a point for Paul Quinn’s charges.

The weekend’s play-off will the third clash between Rock and Derrytresk this season with St Patrick’s hoping that it is not a case of third time lucky for the Fir an Chnoic.

Rock scorers – Aidan McGarrity 1-2, Mickey McElduff 1-0, Conor McCreesh 0-2, Diarmuid Carroll 0-2

Moortown scorers – Tony Quinn 1-4, Conor Herron 0-3, Daniel Quinn 0-2

BRACKAVILLE 0-10 STRABANE 0-12

Strabane brought the curtain down on their league programme with a narrow two point win over Brackaville at Fr O’Brien Park at the weekend, the hosts reflecting on a series of missed goal chances.

Strabane held the upper hand at the midway point as they took a 0-8 to 0-7 lead against the run of play. Martin Gervin, Gary Ferguson, Che O’Donnell and Ciaran Gervin registering for the hosts as they capitalised on a makeshift Strabane team with nothing to play for.

The Sigersons had points from Marc Devine, JP Gallagher and John McLaughlin amongst others.

A Ciaran Gervin point levelled proceedings at the start of the second half before Strabane hit three in succession to establish a winning platform.

Martin Gervin and Dara McGuinness did bring the Reds back to within a point but Strabane had the final say of the game as they emerged victorious and looking forward to the eagerly-awaited northern promotion derby against Urney next weekend.

Brackaville scorers – Martin Gervin 0-3, Ciaran Gervin 0-3, Che O’Donnell 0-2, Gary Ferguson 0-1, Dara McGuinness 0-1

Strabane scorers – John McLaughlin 0-4, JP Gallagher 0-3, Marc Devine 0-3, Gerard McCrossan 0-1, Paddy Roarty 0-1