He’s made a habit of it over the years and once again Darren McCurry was Kildress’ chief tormentor earlier tonight with a double-figure points tally in this 0-17 to 0-11 win for Edendork in a well-contested game at Gortacladdy.

Both teams fielded a bit understrength but produced a quality game where the visitors deserved their victory.

The opening half was well-balanced and half-time was reached at 0-6 apiece, though a brilliant penalty safe from Mark McReynolds was probably the biggest single play of the half. Kildress’ best patch of the game came midway through, when four points in a row put them three ahead only for two late long-range frees from Niall Morgan, masterly at full-back all through the game, to tie the game up.

The teams shared the first four points of the second half but then Edendork, led with total style and class by McCurry, went on a match-winning roll of nine points in a row. Kildress were by no means being swamped at this stage but to their great cost were failing to make anything of several good plays up the field. They did find the mark at the death, firing over the game’s last three scores but all through the last quarter it had been clear where the points in this one were going.

For Kildress Dean McNally was very powerful at full-back and their new half-line of Niall and MJ Connolly and Tiernan McNamee impressed throughout as did their mid-field of Pauric Lagan and Enda McAleer. Up front Conor McAleer, Shea Quinn, Shea Murphy and sub Conor Quinn caused Edendork plenty of problems

Mickey Quinn was an excellent referee, as big a player as any in producing a highly entertaining game for the sizeable attendance.

Kildress: Eoghan Gallagher | Aaron Loughran, Dean McNally, Ruairi Loughran | Niall Connolly, Tiernan McNamee, MJ Connolly | Pauric Lagan, Enda McAleer (0-1) | Conor McAleer (0-1), Stephen Loughran, Johnny Connolly | Shea Murphy (0-5), Philip Lennon (0-1), Shea Quinn (0-2), | Shea Loughran, Caolan McNamee, Conor Quinn (0-1), Odhran O’Driscoll, Shea Tracey
By mark Fri 15th Jul