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Senior Left To Rue Mistakes After Derby Defeat
May. 3, 2013
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1: Belcoo 1-8 v 3-9 Devenish
Mistakes proved costly as Belcoo slumped to a third straight league defeat at the hands of Devenish on a miserable Friday evening. The 3-9 to 1-8 scoreline flattered the winners as Belcoo dominated large parts of the contest with Devenish surviving and captalising on slip ups particular during the first period.
Stephen Maguire would hoist over the first score of the game on 3minutes from long range but a defensive error allowed Terry O'Flanagan to net a goal after a long ball caused confusion in a hesitant backline. Belcoo response was immediate, a long ball beat corner back Vincent O'Brien and Ronan Ferguson was able to gather and run in to finish past Thomas Treacy.
An Aerial battle during the first half PIC: Tim Flaherty
Belcoo were in full flow during the next 10minutes and took the game to the visitors. Jonathan Feeley powered past his marker to fist over a point while Ronan Ferguson landed a close range free. Ciaran Flaherty also registered from play but Belcoo would squander some other good chances as they hit five wides in a row to remain just 1-4 to 1-0 ahead.
In a rare forward foray Terry O'Flanagan grabbed a loose ball to drill over a fine score but Belcoo would again make a defence slip to gift Devenish a penalty. An uncharacteristic fumble by Stephen Maguire seen him toss Gavin Gallagher in the area as he looked to recover the ball and John O'Flanagan dispatched the spot kick confidently into the bottom corner.
Niall Leonard breaking out of defence to setup another Belcoo attack PIC: Tim Flaherty
Ciaran Flaherty responded with another drilled effort after a surging forward run but before the close of the half Devenish's Jason Love and Chris O'Brien pointed to give their side a surprising 2-3 to 1-5 lead as they made full use of all the scoring chances they created.
The second half was only minutes old when Paul McGrath exchanged passes with Ciaran Flaherty and raced in from the wing only to be denied by the feet of Treacy when going for goal. Devenish would capitalise again on this missed opportunity from Belcoo as they broke straight down the field to tag on another two points, John O'Flanagan and Sean Treacy the marksmen pushing their side three points clear.
A scramble for possession in the first half PIC: Tim Flaherty
Both teams traded scores over the next 10minutes as Feeley and O'Flanagan exchanges frees while Stephen Maguire and Jason Love pointed from play. John O'Flanagan would land another free from all of 50yards to move Devenish 2-8 to 1-7 ahead and with 8minutes remaining Belcoo again had a goal chance which again failed to raise the green flag. McGrath was again the culprit having burst through the middle after a neat slipped hand pass from Feeley but his low shot grazed the post and went wide.
It was a chance the hosts would regret not taking and having been relieved of a nervous finish Devenish pushed on, John O'Flanagan again on target from a dead ball before Gavin Gallagher ended the contest having capitalised on a Michael Leonard error to run in on goal and fire beyond the advancing goalkeeper.
A late consolation point from Ferguson was all Belcoo could muster and its another defeat for the struggling O'Rahilly's for whom Gavin Leonard, Stephen Maguire and James McGrath worked hard.
Team: Aidan Leonard, Stephen Nolan, Niall Leonard, Michael Leonard, Philip Leonard, Gavin Leonard, Declan Leonard, Stephen Maguire (0-2), James McGrath, Paul McGrath, Ciaran Flaherty (0-2), Patrick Burns, Aaron Dolan, Jonathan Feeley (0-2), Ronan Ferguson (1-2). Subs Used: Ryan Leonard, Gary Maguire, Ronan Meehan.
|SFL 1 TABLE (After 03/05/2013 games)|
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