RARELY does a replay live up to expectations. However, Tuesday night’s outing between Carrickmore and Edendork at Healy Park was the exception.
Carrickmore emerged to meet Errigal Ciaran on Sunday, winning by the minimum as the sides produced a classic Championship encounter.
No sweepers, open football, Martin Penrose goals either side of the break, a virtuoso display of scoring from Edendork’s Darren McCurry and some exceptional kick outs from Niall Morgan all combined to deliver a super game of football.
A one point win in the end for Carrickmore but it took veteran Conor Gormley to land a late equaliser before Michael Donaghy won it deep into injury time.
Two minutes into the second half the eventual winners had led by six, but in a remarkable following eight minute spell Edendork had fired over seven points without reply, taking this game to the wire.
However, in the closing stages Edendork struggled to keep the ball though and were guilty of giving the ball away in a dramatic close to the game.
Mallon picked up a black card on 60 minutes, the resultant free from his foul was pointed by Penrose and when Gormley curled over a wonderful equaliser from distance Carrickmore were level.
Edendork, hemmed in and under pressure, coughed up a free deep in injury time which Donaghy drilled into the night sky and over the bar for a hard earned championship win.
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