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May 28, 2015 - Upcoming Fixtures
There are a number of games for various ages in the coming 10days. We wish all teams well and are hopeful both Fermanagh teams can get the desired result in Sunday's Ulster Championship outing. Best of Luck to Ciarán with the Seniors and to Matthew and James on the Minor panel.
May 27, 2015 - Under 16 Manager Required
The Club are currently looking for an Under 16 manager.. Could anyone interested please contact Aisling McAloon by Friday 5th June.. Competitive football for this age group begins on 1st August.
May 24, 2015 - Juniors Bounce Back With Big Win
JUNIORS: Belcoo 3-21 v 1-6 Derrylin
Belcoo juniors would bounce back from Friday’s defeat with a big win over Derrylin on Sunday afternoon. The O’Rahilly’s running riot in the second half with the wind in their backs to finish up 3-21 to 1-6 winners. Despite playing into a strong breeze in the first period Belcoo rallied late in the half to take a 1-8 to 1-4 lead into a second half that they completely dominated to run out handsome winners.
Belcoo would kick the first point of the day, Aaron Dolan the scoretaker following a neat one two with Jack O’Dolan after Emmet Scollan had fielded a kickout from Patrick Sweeney, it would be a first of ten points for Aaron Dolan during the course of the 60minutes.
Aaron Dolan made a welcome return having missed Friday's defeat in Maguiresbridge, the centre forward kicking 10points in today's win over Derrylin, seven of which came from play. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Mark Shannon and Stephen Curry would point efforts before Jack O’Dolan levelled proceedings on 10minutes following some good work on the left wing by Brian Furey. Oisin Maguire would point a free for Derrylin before the visitors struck their only goal, a good crossfield ball from Ferghal Shannon released Stephen Power who fired high past Patrick Sweeney, 1-3 to 0-2 Derrylin led midway through the half.
The O’Connell’s had been wayward in front of goal while at the other end Belcoo built up patiently and were accurate with almost all attempts for scores as they registered just one wide in the half. Aaron Dolan would hit the net two scores, one from play and a free kick but Derrylin were still looking dangerous, Patrick Sweeney forced into a good save to keep out a powerful effort from Maguire.
It was during the closing seven minutes Belcoo took control of the tie, hitting 1-4 to move into the lead. Brian Furey began the scoring with a strong run and point, Aaron Dolan followed up with a free while Barry McGovern’s direct run and shot yielded another point for the hosts after Gerard Mellor’s pass sent him scampering forward. Derrrylin had mustered a response in this period from Mark Shannon but Belcoo would finish the half on top.
Brian Furey, Barry McGovern, Aaron Dolan and Furey again were all involved in a move that led to Belcoo first goal, Aidan Leonard the man to finish the attack from close range while Aaron Dolan knocked over his fifth of the half to give his side a four point lead at the interval.
From the throw up Belcoo broke forward and Aaron Dolan seen a shot at goal kept out by the feet of the goalkeeper, the hosts however would see Ronan Meehan point twice in the opening three minutes to extend their lead. Emmet Scollan and Aidan Leonard doing well to create the openings for Meehan to score.
Derrylin only managed two points in the second period, these came in the 36th and 38th minute through half time substitute Barry Murray. From here to the finish it was all Belcoo, the O’Rahilly’s hit 2-11 without reply.
Jack O’Dolan began the onslaught, Aaron Dolan swiftly followed with five more while Aidan Leonard also raised the white flag by the 50th minute. Emmet Scollan was next to fire over while the returning veteran Kevin McPartland quickly made his mark with a point.
Sweeney would make another great save at the other end to thwart a rare Derrylin attack but during the closing stages Belcoo didn’t let up and continued to take scores. Goal number two arrived five minutes from time and it was again Aidan Leonard who netted, Emmet Scollan delicately chipped the keeper but the effort came back of the bar to Leonard who scored. He followed up the goal with a good point while Barry McGovern ventured forward to land his second from centre back.
The final score was to be a goal, Daniel Ray finding the net in what proved to be a routine win for Belcoo. There was once again good performances in defence from Martin Corrigan and Brendan McPartland, Gerard Mellor went well around the middle with Aaron Dolan proving a handful in attack.
Team: (13 a side) Patrick Sweeney, Martin Corrigan, Niall Cullen, Aidan McGrath, Barry McGovern (0-2), Brendan McPartland, Gerard Mellor, Ronan Meehan (0-2), Brian Furey (0-1), Aaron Dolan (0-10, 3f), Emmet Scollan (0-1), Jack O’Dolan (0-2), Aidan Leonard (2-2). Subs Used: Kevin McPartland (0-1), Daniel Ray (1-0).
May 22, 2015 - U10 League Up & Running
Belcoo U10’s made an encouraging start to their season despite going down 15points to 9points in Derrylin on Friday evening. The young O’Rahilly’s battling back in the second half after a slow start while in a very competitive second game, both sides hit 8 points each.
Under 10 football is points only and some very good scores were taken in both games.
The ‘A’ game seen Scarlett O’Connor pick up the ‘With Hard Work There Are No Limits’ jersey. She along with Josh Killilea, Cian White, Patrick Magee, Michael Burns, Eoin Corrigan, Daniel O’Connor, Siofra McAloon, Cara Grey, Sinead Barrett, Michaela Maguire and Sam Martin partaking in this game.
While Riona Keaney, Eve Barrett, Eimear Grey, Sam Martin, Thomas Parker and Cara Grey all featured during the course of the ‘B’ fixture. Eve Barrett picking up the Jersey for her performance in this game.
Training continues on Saturday 23rd May from 1.30pm to 2.45pm. Next match is at home to Devenish on Friday 29th May at 7.30pm
May 22, 2015 - Poor Showing Sees Juniors Lose In Maguiresbridge
JUNIORS: Maguiresbridge 1-12 v 1-6 Belcoo
A poor showing from the Juniors brought a halt to a four game unbeaten run as they limped to a 1-12 to 1-6 defeat in Maguiresbridge.
That being said the O'Rahilly's missed three guilt edged goal chances among a raft of other wayward efforts in an error ridden encounter. Going into the contest without their chief scoretakers in Aaron Dolan, Philip Leonard, Gary Doherty and Gary Maguire it was in front of goal the visitors struggled throughout.
It took 6 minutes for either side to open the scoring, Kieran Conlon doing well to win possession before raising the white flag. The sides were to share the next four points, Sean Porteous and Emmett Rice on target for the hosts while Declan Leonard hit two good frees for Belcoo.
Maguiresbridge would fire three consecutive wides before wing back Dwayne Rice cut through the Belcoo defence to level matters at 0-3 each with 19minutes played. There would be just one more score before the interval, Mark Gavin on target for the hosts but Belcoo has a great goal chance coming to the break, Kieran Conlon releasing Jack O’Dolan who hit the side netting when well placed.
Maguiresbridge started the second period brightly and Mark Gavin would land two points from play within four minutes to leave it a double score game, the ‘Bridge 0-6 to 0-3 ahead. Belcoo’s first meaningful chance was seven minutes into the half, some good work by Emmet Scollan and Ian Corrigan created a one on one opportunity for Kieran Conlon shot straight at goalkeeper Tarlach Russell.
It took 10minutes for Belcoo to open their account in this half, a great run by Declan Leonard cutting through the defence before he fired over the bar. A spell of pressure seen Belcoo record six efforts at goal that failed to yield a score before they did indeed hit the target.
Once more it was a driving run from Declan Leonard that carved out the opening, he would slip the ball into Dean McDermott to fire into the net and send Belcoo into the lead at 1-4 to 0-6.
The hosts responded immediately as Dwayne Rice pointed before Emmett Rice got on the end a sweeping move to thunder a shot past Patrick Sweeney. The goalscorer quickly added a point and from leading by one, Belcoo now trailed by four. Niall Cullen would cut the deficit to three following good work from Emmett Scollan, Barry McGovern and Declan Leonard in what slick piece of counter attacking play.
From here to the finish Belcoo lost there way, Barry Flanagan, Stephen Reihill and Mark Gavin all registering for the hosts with Dean McDermott knocking over for Belcoo. Daniel Ray would have a great goal chance at a time it was badly needed but a defender kept the effort out with the ‘keeper beaten.
Mark Gavin and Emmett Rice would have the final say for the ‘Bridge on an evening very few O’Rahilly’s played to the standards set in recent week. Brendan McPartland done well in defence while James Stewart excelled after his late arrival.
Up next is a home game on Sunday at 12noon against Derrylin.
Team: Patrick Sweeney, Mark Corrigan, Niall Cullen (0-1), Brendan McPartland, Aidan McGrath, Barry McGovern, Brian Furey, Gerard Mellor, Ronan Meehan, Aidan Leonard, Declan Leonard (0-3), Emmet Scollan, Kieran Conlon (0-1), Ian Corrigan, Jack O’Dolan. Subs Used: Dean McDermott (1-1), Daniel Ray, James Stewart.
May 20, 2015 - U14s League Finishes
U14s: Belcoo 1-4 v 5-7 Newtownbutler
Belcoo U14’s completed their league programme with a 5-7 to 1-4 defeat at home to Newtownbutler on Wednesday evening. After a tight opening half the game got away from the O’Rahilly’s in the third quarter as the visitors pushed on to record the win and book their place in the league final.
Newtown would register the first goal of the contest in the fifth minute but Belcoo almost responded in kind, a long Lawrence McKeown punt forward, hooked off the goal-line by a recovering defender after a misjudgement by the goalkeeper.
The visitors would be awarded a penalty with their next foray forward, Jamie Ray would however make a stunning stop, low to his left to push the ball away, this was a fourth penalty save from five faced this season by Ray, a staggering statistic.
Jamie Ray who impressed again tonight in goals, the young keeper made a fourth penalty save from five faced this term. PIC: Donnie Phair
Belcoo would work the ball well up the field and hit a first score of the day, Josh Killilea on target with a fine point from distance. The O’Rahilly’s would remain on the attack and having carved open the Newtown defence Fiachra McAloon was put through, the visiting goalkeeper making a fantastic low save to push the ball out for a 45 which Belcoo worked a point from, Oran McCann firing over to leave it 1-0 to 0-2 midway through the half.
For the remainder defences were on top, hard working midfielder Mark Ferguson done well to block a goal chance while Jamie Ray was impressing under the high ball. Oisin Leonard, Dara Flanagan and Oisin O’Loughlin forced their opposite numbers to overcarry on a number of occasion while in attack, wing forwards Josh Killilea and Cian White where providing a great outlet for their side. Emmett McGuinness at centre forward made three fierce blocks before the interval to stop clearances but Belcoo failed to add to their tally in front of goal.
Oisin O'Loughlin breaking out of defence for Belcoo. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Newtown on the other hand would register four points, two good efforts from play and two other from frees but the tie was delicately poised at the interval, 1-4 to 0-2.
Upon the restart Newtown got a goal from an uncharacteristic slip by Ray between the posts. Whilst Belcoo continued to work hard to get back into the game, Newtown managed to keep them at arms length as they added another 1-2 to their tally during a profitable period.
Mark Ferguson driving Belcoo forward early in the second half. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Belcoo began to gain control of the fixture during the final quarter, with 15minutes to play they were awarded a penalty kick, Lawrence McKeown failed to convert, dragging the spot kick narrowly wide. It wouldn’t deter the young O’Rahilly’s who penned back Newtown for some 10minutes, the hosts seen Oran McCann point two frees while Lawrence McKeown’s ball into the area deceived everyone to leave it 4-6 to 1-4.
Belcoo would fail to find the target again although chances were created with some strong running and neat interplay, unfortunately for the hosts the shooting didn’t match the build up while at the other end Newtown hit a late 1-1 to book their place in the final. It was another good competitive fixture for the O’Rahilly’s who have carried themselves well throughout a difficult campaign.
Gerry Nolan holds onto possession midway through the second half. PIC: Tim Flaherty
With the league now over, the Championship will be played at the end of the month. Training continues on Monday at 7pm.
Team: Jamie Ray, Conor McKeown, Oisin Leonard, Ben McNulty, Dara Flanagan, Oisin O’Loughlin, Lawrence McKeown (1-0), Mark Ferguson, Matthew Mulvey, Josh Killilea (0-1), Emmett McGuinness, Cian White, Oran McCann (0-3), Marc Stewart, Fiachra McAloon. Subs Used: Sean Boylan, Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin, Jack Greene.
Should Newtownbutler beat St. Pat's in the final league fixture on Saturday. There will be a three way playoff to see who meets Newtownbutler in the League Final.
May 18, 2015 - Three Late Goals Give St. Pat's Victory
U14s: St. Pat's 5-11 v 4-2 Belcoo
Belcoo U14s can be proud of their effort and endeavour this evening in Donagh, the hardworking O'Rahillys battled back from slow start to trail by two points with eight minutes to play, the hosts however hit 3 late goals to secure the win.
It was the second time these sides met this year, St. Pat’s having won the previous encounter by seven and it was the home side who started brightly despite Belcoo registering the opening score, Emmett McGuinness cutting out a pass before slipping the ball to Oran McCann who fired over. Eimhan Curran would point two fine efforts for St. Pat's while Darragh Rice also split the posts during the early exchanges.
In the tenth minute Jamie Ray would make a fine save to keep out Curran but the lively centre forward would kick his third of the night moments later. Pats continued to hold the upper hand and two goals along with some points would be registered as they took a firm grip on the game 2-6 to 0-1.
Belcoo to their credit turned things around, in defence some good blocks were made, Oisin Leonard and Ben McNulty doing well to clear their line on occasions but during the final ten minutes of the first half Belcoo started to get more joy and they began to believe they could turn the tide.
Lawrence McKeown's strong run and point in the 22nd minute the spark that ignited the O'Rahilly's. Cian White would have his most impressive display of the season, he was a fantastic outlet throughout the game for his side and he would be involved in Belcoo first goal, the wing forward feeding the ball into Marc Stewart on the left side, Stewart's neat pass infield released Mark Ferguson, he burst past his man on the run and slipped Fiachra McAloon through to score a fine goal.
Cian White was a hardworking wing forward and great outlet for his side in Donagh on Monday evening. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Buoyed by the three pointer the O'Rahilly's continued on the front foot, Matthew Mulvey working tirelessly in the middle third to win back possession which keep his side in the St. Pat's half of the field.
Having cut the deficit to five with McAloon's goal, Belcoo would work a fantastic second goal. Dara Flanagan, now operating at full back, beat his man to the ball and went on a foray forward, one twos with Cian White and Gerry Nolan seen Flanagan move inside the 40metre line, another one two with Oran McCann seen him clean through on goal and he rifled the ball into the roof of the net to leave it 2-6 to 2-2 at the interval.
St. Pat’s managed the first point of the second half through full forward Patrick Curran but defences began to gain control as neither side managed a score for almost 10minutes. In this period Belcoo’s defenders Colum Higgins, Conor McKeown and Oisin O’Loughlin were working well although Eimhnan Curran did break through but his effort rebounded to safety off off the upright while Jamie Ray made a good stop to deny Pearse McDermott.
The next score was in the 41st minute and again it was a sweeping forward move from Belcoo that ended in the net. Matthew Mulvey doing well down the right before knocking the ball into substitute Jack Greene, he would carry the ball forward before fisting to Oran McCann, his crossfield ball opened up the Pat’s defence and Fiachra McAloon didn’t have to break stride to gather possession before hitting a low shot under the on-rushing goalkeeper. The goal making it 2-7 to 3-2.
St. Pat’s would enjoy a good spell following the goal as they clipped over three points in a row, Pearse McDermott, Patrick Treacy and Patrick Curran all on target. Belcoo however would cancelled out these points with a fourth goal. A quickly taken free between Lawrence McKeown and Oisin O’Loughlin seen the latter drop the ball into the square, Fiachra McAloon was the quickest to react to the loose ball and was brought down for a penalty. Lawrence McKeown dispatched the spot kick and it was back to a two point game with 8minutes to play at 2-10 to 4-2.
The O’Rahilly’s would squander possession inside the 20metre line and St. Pat’s broke forward, a long range shot taking a bounce which fooled Jamie Ray and found the net. Ray had been excellent throughout making a number of saves, this was an uncharacteristic misjudgemnet by the ‘keeper.
Belcoo failed to get back up the field during the closing 5minutes and Eimhan Curran found the top corner following a great catch while a defensive error gifted the home side a final goal.
The final scoreline was harsh on the O’Rahilly’s who can take a lot from the final 40minutes of the tie. There was good performances all over the field and the substitute’s introduced with 20minutes to play all showed up well, Patrick Martin getting on some possession while Sean Boylan kept his man quiet. Emmett McGuinness picked up a knock and was replaced early in the second half while Josh Killilea missed the game with sickness.
Up next is Newtownbutler in the final league fixture on Wednesday evening in Belcoo at 7.30pm, players are asked to be at the pitch for 6.45pm.
Team: Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin Leonard, Conor McKeown, Dara Flanagan (1-0), Oisin O’Loughlin, Lawrence McKeown (1-1), Mark Ferguson, Matthew Mulvey, Fiachra McAloon (2-0), Emmett McGuinness, Cian White, Gerry Nolan, Oran McCann (0-1), Marc Stewart. Subs Used: Colum Higgins, Jack Greene, Sean Boylan, Patrick Martin.
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