"The team that wins the replay, learns the most."
Those were the words of Foreglen selector Philip Muldoon after watching his side come through (2-11 to 0-7) against Faughanvale in Tuesday's Derry IFC replay at Owenbeg.
Claudy also needed a replay to see off Steelstown. Despite leading by 10 points at half-time in the drawn game, they needed a late Aaron Kerrigan point to force a replay.
As Foreglen were completing their post-game cool down, news came through that Steelstown were leading in their replay at Celtic Park.
But it was Claudy's eye for goal that saw them through in another epic encounter.
Claudy 4-9 Steelstown 0-19
By Orlagh Mullan
If Claudy are to claim the intermediate championship, and the double, they will have certainly earned it.
On Friday night, they blew a ten-point half-time lead against Steelstown to salvage a draw thanks to the boot of Aaron Kerrigan.
On Tuesday, they travelled to Celtic Park without the suspended Oran Armstrong and Conor Johnston and facing an Og’s side that felt the momentum was with them.
At half-time, it was the Mitchel’s who led by the minimum thanks to a goal from the ever-composed Marty Donaghy, but Steelstown had the strong wind in the second half. It was all up in the air, literally.
Eamon Gibson’s men completely blitzed their opponents in the opening ten minutes of the second period. Points from Ben McCarron, Shane O’Connor and Cormac Mooney had them four up.
Then Diarmuid Baker used his pace to drive at the Claudy defence. Both McCarron and Eoghan Bradley waited at the back post but when it floated the former’s way, his touch just sailed over the bar rather than under.
Seconds later, Aaron Kerrigan contested a high ball at the other end and bundled it to the net. The finest of margins.
From there, Claudy kicked into gear. Blaine Carlin scored their third goal two minutes later and when Callum McElhinney took advantage of a mistake in the Steelstown defence to score a fourth, the result, and a quarter-final with Lissan, was secured – despite a valiant late fight from the Og’s.
Claudy: Kieran Reilly, Jamie Brown, Cory Armstrong, Fionain Smyth, Blaine Carlin (1-0), Conall White, Aaron Donaghy, Shane McGahon (0-1), Eoin McGahon, Jamie Donaghy (0-1), Shea Kerrigan (0-1), Darrell Devine, Paddy Hargan, Marty Donaghy (1-2), Aaron Kerrigan (1-4, 3f).
Subs: Callum McElhinney (1-0) for J Brown (inj)(31), Connor Gormley for S Kerrigan (57).
Steelstown: Eoghan Heraghty, CJ Martin, Kevin Lindsay, Shane O’Connor (0-2), Cormac Mooney (0-2), Neil Forester, Diarmuid Baker, Darren McDaid, Ryan Devine, Emmett Deane (0-1), Ben McCarron (0-8,5f), Gareth Logue, Mark Foley (0-3, 1 ’45), Eoghan Bradley (0-2), Mickey McKinney (0-1).
Subs: Rory Maguire for S O’Connor (47), Stephen McCauley for M Foley (59).
Foreglen 2-11 Faughanvale 0-7
By Michael McMullan
Earlier, at Owenbeg, a controlled first-half performance helped Foreglen to a 1-6 to 0-1 lead in their replay against Faughanvale.
The O'Brien's played with the breeze in the first-half and were on target with early points from Kevin Dunne and Caolan O'Connor.
It was Paddy O'Kane, in the seventh minute, who notched the 'Vale's only score of the half with a fine curling effort from the wing.
In the next minute Foreglen struck for goal. Kevin O'Connor's diagonal pass took out the entire Faughanvale defence before Kevin Dunne showed the composure to slot home.
It enabled them to play the remainder of the half on their own terms. Jordan Curran made two fantastic catches at midfield but the 'Vale were unable to translate their brief dominance into scores.
Mark McCormick with a long-range effort and a point from John Duffy, after a Dunne pass, saw Foreglen in total control.
Foreglen's full-back line were on top of their game and on the one occasion that the 'Vale popped a probing ball into the square, goalkeeper Burke was sharp to fist clear from danger.
It was more of the same in the second-half. Two early points from Liam O'Hara and Sean O'Connor saw Foreglen put one foot in the quarter-finals.
It was left to substitute Sean Bradley, Kevin Martin and Paul O'Kane to attempt to salvage a comeback.
Kevin O'Connor hit two points before Pauric Morohan cemented Foreglen's control with a late goal.
Foreglen: Tiernan Burke, Shane Duffy, Cathal O'Hara, Paul O'Kane, Pauric Morohan (1-0), Oisin Duffy, James O'Kane, Mark McCormick (0-1), Liam O'Hara (0-1), John Duffy (0-1), Kevin Dunne (1-2), Sean O'Connor (0-1), Cathir O'Connor, Kevin O'Connor (0-2, 1f), Caolan O'Connor (0-2).
Subs: Ciaran McFeely, Eunan McFeely (0-1), Johnny O'Dwyer.
Faughanvale: Daryl Moore, Sean Butcher, Michael Sweeney, Kyle McGuinness, Mark Creane, Steven King, Aaron Cassidy, Oisin Quinn, Jordan Curran, James Moore, Conor McGuinness (0-1), Paddy O'Kane (0-3, 1f), Kevin Martin (0-2, 1f), Eunan Murray, Eoin McElhinney.
Subs: Sean Bradley (0-1), Connlaoth McGee, Shane McElhinney
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