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Match Report : St. Pat's 0-13 Belcoo 0-11
Sep. 17, 2009
Maguire and Cadden secure much needed win for Donagh
St. Pat's 0-13; Belcoo 0-11
Shane McDermott moves in to stop a Belcoo attack during Donagh's vital win on Sunday.
St. Pat's battle against relegation was given a boost on Sunday as they saw off Belcoo to collect a much needed victory.
The game was close throughout with the sides level at half time but it was St. Pat's, whose needs are probably greater than those of Belcoo's, who found the better finish to the game as they camw away two point victors.
The win does not lift St. Pat's out of the relegation zone yet but it now has them only a point behind Enniskillen and Derrygonnelly while two points separate them from Newtown.
The Donagh side now have three games left, Roslea, Newtown and Devenish, and in all likelihood it is going to take two wins from those games if they are to get out of trouble and avoid the drop.
Belcoo remain three points ahead of St. Pat's, despite the defeat, but they are not out of the woods yet although one win from their last three games should suffice for them to maintain their Division One status.
Belcoo had made the better start to the game with the O'Rahilly's taking a 0-03 to 0-01 lead and were again two points clear at 0-04 to 0-02, but it was St. Pat's who rounded off the half the stronger of the teams as they clawed their way back to level terms at the interval, 0-05 apiece.
Paul McGrath accounted for four points for Belcoo in the first half with Ciaran Flaherty also notching a point while for St. Pat's Eamon Maguire knocked over two points with Pat Cadden adding on the other three to leave it all to play for in the second half.
The game was to sway to and fro in the second half with both sides having periods of superiority.
Belcoo clipped over the first score of the half but St. Pat's, for whom Paul Cosgrove was immense in the middle of the park, responded well to this with Pat Cadden, Pat Grue and Eamon Maguire all among the points as they moved into a three point advantage.
And the lead could have been greater had the Donagh outfit been capable of converting a couple of goal chances that they created. However, Pat Cadden smacked the crossbar while Jason Cadden had an effort smothered by Belcoo goalkeeper James McGrath.
Back again came Belcoo though and with Brian Cox, who caused plenty of problems for St. Pat's, and Paul McGrath banging over some good points they worked their way back to level the encounter.
It was St. Pat's though who shaded the final exchanges of the game and with Gary Maguire and Pat Cadden getting scores they finished up on the right end of the result to pick up two crucial points in the fight against the drop.
REPORT TAKEN FROM THE IMPARTIAL REPORTER
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