The following year Danesfort lost the Northern Junior final to Conahy Shamrocks by 2-11 to 2-8 and did not contest a Northern decider again until 1983 when they lost narrowly by 3-9 to 1-12 to Tullaroan.

Two years later they were back in the North final against great rivals and neighbours Graigue/Ballycallan. In a very physical game Graigue /Ballycallan triumphed by 1-13 to 1-9.

In 1986 Danesfort finally overcame that North Final stumbling block beating Blacks and Whites by an emphatic 3-13 to 1-5. The County Final saw the club paired against Windgap who ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-1.