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Seniors Suffer Another Loss
May. 25, 2013
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1: St. Joseph's 0-14 v 0-10 Belcoo
St. Joseph’s final flurry of four unanswered points ensured they recorded a 0-14 to 0-10 win over Belcoo at the Ederney venue on a wet Saturday evening. Its now four wins on the spin for the hosts but for the O'Rahilly's their dismal run continues as they suffered a sixth straight defeat and are fast becoming cast adrift at the foot of Division 1.
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1 TABLE after games on Saturday 25th May
It was the O'Rahilly's however who made all the running during the first 20minutes of this encounter. Dominating around the middle and moving forward with purpose the blues took an early advantage as both Jonathan Feeley and Brian Cox landed good scores.
Sporadic St.Joseph's attacks did yield two fine points from Martin McGrath wide on the right side but Ciaran Flaherty would restore Belcoo's advantage by the midway stage in the opening half. As the hosts began to filter a number of players back behind the ball Belcoo continued to retain possession but having failed to penetrate a compact defence and add to their tally St. Joseph's began to settle into the contest.
With midfield of McGrath and McElrone beginning to get a foothold the breaks were starting to be picked up by the hosts and by the interval Ederney would lead 0-7 to 0-3. Paul Gallogly landed a neat point from the left wing before Paul McCusker kicked two frees and Enda Ferris landed two 45's.
Belcoo's Brian Cox retains possession despite the efforts of Michael McAleer PIC: Tim Flaherty
Free kicks accounted for the first five scores of the second half as Jonathan Feeley and Paul McCusker traded early efforts before Feeley and Ronan Ferguson (2) tapped over deadballs to get their side back to within a point at 0-8 to 0-7.
A strong run and fisted point from Declan McCusker restore a two point cushion but Stephen Maguire arrowed over a wonderful score from distance before Eoin Leonard levelled matters with a fine score from play.
Aaron Dennison strode forward from wing back to land a neat score but Ronan Ferguson knocked over a free to lock the sides at 0-10 a piece with 7minutes to play. The hosts would kick on over the closing stages to wrap up the contest, McCusker accounting for two of his sides points while substitute Niall Maguire and a late Ferris free settled the tie.
Gavin Leonard breaks from defence to set up another second half attack for Belcoo. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Ederney look to maintain their fine run of form when they travel to Lisnaskea on Tuesday night while Belcoo are still searching for a first victory when they host St. Patrick's at 7.30pm Tuesday.
Team: James McGrath, Stephen Nolan, Niall Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Paul McGrath, Brian Cox (0-1), Gavin Leonard, Stephen Maguire (0-1), John Carrigan, Patrick Burns, Eoin Leonard (0-1), Kieran Leonard, Jonathan Feeley (0-3, 2f), Ciaran Flaherty (0-1), Ronan Ferguson (0-4, all frees). Subs Used: Seamus Conlon, Declan Leonard, Barry McGovern, Shain Gallagher.
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