OLDCASTLE 2-18 SYDDAN 2-10 aet
SYDDAN were unable to replicate the heroics of the closing minutes of normal time as they exited the JCFC at the quarter final stage following extra-time on a heavy pitch in Moynalty last Sunday.
Oldcastle seemed set for a comfortable victory when they led by five points a minute into added time.
However they were left stunned as Syddan hit back in dramatic fashion to cancel out that lead in a two minute spell. Robbie Farrelly's point started the revival and it was quickly followed by a goal from Philip White before Dylan Smyth shot the equaliser.
That forced the game to an additional 20 minutes but it proved too much for Syddan who could only manage a single point from Conor Dillon while Oldcastle added 1-6 to their tally.
Boosted by a Robbie Farrelly goal Syddan led 1-5 to 0-4 at the end of the opening half in normal time.
Oldcastle with the advantage of the breeze hit back strongly in the second half and were level 1-6 to 0-9 by the 42nd minute. Syddan regained the lead briefly following a Cathal Dardis point and Conor Dillon was unfortunate to see a goal effort crash off the crossbar.
However the concession of two goals in a five minute spell left Oldcastle firmly in the driving seat until Syddan's late rally forced extra-time.
Conor Dillon kicked Syddan ahead in the opening period of additional time but that proved to be their last score as Oldcastle finished much the stronger to book a last four spot.
SYDDAN - Paddy Meade; Anthony Smith, Miley Byrne, Richie Connell; Paul Smith, Eamonn Maguire, Dylan Smyth 0-1; Cathal Dardis 0-2, Robbie Farrelly 1-1; Philip White 1-0, Conor Dillon 0-3 (2f), Eoin Lynch Duff; Ian Curran 0-2 (1f), Darren Smith 0-1, Kevin Carry. Subs: Paddy Rafferty for Maguire, Andrew White for Carry, Dermot Cluskey for D Smith, Mattie Rafferty for P Smith.