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Seniors Record First Victory
May. 28, 2013
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1: Belcoo 3-9 v 3-8 St. Pat's
The final whistle at MacNean Park in Belcoo on Tuesday evening was greeted with a loud roar as the hosts picked up their first victory in the League at the eighth attempt. Belcoo made hard work of securing the victory as they held an eight point lead during the encounter but having conceded three second half goals they needed a sublime point from standout performer Shane McCabe to secure a 3-9 to 3-8 victory.
St.Pat's led the contest only once as Pat Cadden kicked a good point early on but it would be a first half Belcoo would dominate for long periods. Shane McCabe gathered a Seamus Conlon pass to open his account for the night before Ronan Ferguson managed to poke the ball into the net from close range past Ciaran McGrade after Declan Leonard had broke the ball from a defenders grasp inside the visitors penalty area.
Patrick Burns taps over a point as Belcoo move into a commanding first half lead. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Patrick Burns notched the next point having gathered a quick free from McCabe before Pat Cadden responded at the other end. McCabe would then drill over a point from a Paul McGrath crossfield pass before McGrath converted a 45 to push Belcoo 1-4 to 0-2 ahead.
McCabe was at the fulcrum of all Belcoo best work and he was again on target from play before turning provider for his sides second goal. Niall Leonard burst forward from defence before feeding McCabe who in turn sent Aaron Dolan through on goal with a neat kickpass, Dolan made no mistake firing high into the roof the net giving the St. Pat's netminder no chance. At this stage Belcoo led 2-5 to 0-2 and looked set for a comfortable win.
The tide however began to turn after this goal as St. Pat's started gathering the break balls which Belcoo had previously been sweeping up. Jason Cadden, Gary Maguire and Pat Cadden all hit scores before Shane McCabe landed the last score of the half to put his side 2-6 to 0-5 up at the break.
Shane McCabe breaks a tackle as he drives in to land another score. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Belcoo began the second half brightly but squandered four great opportunities to increase their lead before St. Pat's kickstarted their revival with a quickfire 1-2. A Paul Cosgrove goal was sandwiched between points from Michael Montgomery and Pat Cadden as Donagh now just trailed by two points.
Belcoo first score of the half took 12minutes to arrive and it was a goal by Jonathan Feeley who had showed well for ball during the opening half. McCabe again was the provider as he gathered possession on the right from substitute Stephen Maguire and raced in along the byline before fisting to Feeley who gathered and whacked in the three pointer.
St. Pat's substitute Kevin Curran was next to find the target before two surging runs from Paul McGrath within a minute of each other seen Ronan Ferguson and Shane McCabe tap over close range scores as Belcoo moved 3-8 to 1-8 clear with just 10minutes to play.
St. Pat's would conjure up two goals in as many minutes and that first victory Belcoo craved looked in serious doubt. A swift break forward seen a low shot beat Aidan Leonard in the home goals before Pat Cadden worked his way in from the left to fist the ball across goal for Gary Maguire to palm in another and it was now 3-8 a piece.
Step forward Shane McCabe to kick his sixth point of the contest, a magnificent effort with the outside of the left boot on the left wing with three minutes to play and from here Belcoo held possession well until the dying seconds when St. Pats were awarded a 21m free kick in front of goals. Unbelievably the visitors opted to take it quick and short looking a goal to snatch victory but Belcoo turned over possession and referee Dermot Love drew a halt to proceedings.
Team: Aidan Leonard, Stephen Nolan, Niall Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Shain Gallagher, Eoin Leonard, Gavin Leonard, Seamus Conlon, Paul McGrath (0-1, 45), Declan Leonard, Patrick Burns (0-1), Aaron Dolan (1-0), Ronan Ferguson (1-1), Shane McCabe (0-6), Jonathan Feeley (1-0). Subs Used: Stephen Maguire, Ian Corrigan.
Devenish 1-10 v 0-12 Erne Gaels... Kinawley 0-4 v 0-8 Roslea... Lisnaskea 0-10 v 2-8 St. Joseph's... Tempo 0-10 v 0-10 Derrygonnelly.
League Table after Tuesday 28th May Results:
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