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U-16's Win League

Aug. 20, 2009

The Under 16's won their league on Thursday evening in an entertaining encounter against Maguiresbridge. The game was played in Derrygonnelly and Belcoo ran out winners on a scoreline of 5-8 (23) to 2-15 (21). In all the scoring there was never more than a few points between the sides at any stage.

The 'bridge played the better football in the first half but Belcoo led 3-3 to 0-10 at the break. Dean McDermott had finished two good moves with goals and a Philip Leonard penalty also found the net. Two Philip Leonard points and a well taken one by Daniel Ray seen Belcoo in front after 30minutes. The 'bridge had taken some great scores and their small but sharp forwards were causing constant problems.

Upon the restart Maguiresbridge kicked 3 unanswered points to go into the lead before Philip Leonard pointed a few free kicks but the 'bridge responded with a goal that again swong the game in their favour. With 15minutes to go the sides were level and Belcoo introduced Mark Corrigan. A well worked move down the right wing between Seamus Rafferty, Daniel Ray and Dean McDermott seen the latter get through on goal but instead of taking his own score McDermott played the ball across to Mark Corrigan who fisted the ball to the net with his first touch of the game.

Belcoo were then awarded another penalty but this time Leonard fired over the bar. With the bridge kicking two more points it was Belcoo's Man of the Match Dean McDermott who stepped back into the limelight as he kicked an excellent point and within minutes he had also scored his third goal of the game to put Belcoo 5points up with 2minutes to play. Maguiresbridge weren't going to give up and they forced their way into the Belcoo area and were awarded a penalty. A strong hand from Patrick Sweeney on the penalty was unfortuately unable to keep the ball out. With the score at 5-8 to 2-15, Maguiresbridge almost scored the winning goal but the ball scraped the post on it's way wide.

Congratulations to all the players, managers and mentors on an excellent achievement. Now lets see if the Championship can be won.




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