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Juniors Hang On To Beat Kinawley

Box Score

Jun. 1, 2013

ERNE CUP DIVISION 2: Belcoo 3-6 v 0-14 Kinawley

Kinawley will feel they should have got something from this Erne Cup Division 2 encounter in Belcoo on Saturday evening having kicked 14points but they would rue a woeful start as the hosts netted two goals within the opening 5minutes to set them on their way to a narrow victory.

The O'Rahilly's held a six point interval lead and with the aid of a stiff breeze those in attendance expected the home side to run out comfortable winners. However, some dreadful decision making in the second period coupled with a determined effort from Kinawley seen a tight and tense closing quarter where the visitors forged forward in numbers, chipped away at the Belcoo lead but ultimately ran out of time and lost 3-6 to 0-14.

Belcoo had their best spell of the entire contest in the first ten minutes. The opening score was to be a goal as Damien Holleran toe poked a loose ball into the corner of the net from inside the small rectangle. Shay Keenan knocked over a free for Kinawley but Belcoo would get a second goal with their next attack. Declan Leonard's attempt at a point hit the post and dropped kindly for Ian Corrigan to tuck into the net.

With two goals on the scoreboard Belcoo fired in two quick points to move 2-2 to 0-1 ahead after just 8minutes. The first of these points came from Aaron Dolan after good work from Seamus Conlon and Aidan McGrath before Gary Maguire registered a free when Ian Corrigan was fouled in front of goal.


Kinawley's Sean McManus being put under pressure by Belcoo's Gerard Mellor during the first half. PIC: Tim Flaherty

A shell-shocked Kinawley began to steady themselves gathering some good possession around the middle and swiftly moving the ball inside to a sharp full forward line. Shay Keenan would tap over a close range free before firing a fine score from the left wing. Noel Martin added a fourth Kinawley point and Keenan would register two more frees as his side had hit five unanswered points to get within two points on 20minutes, 2-2 to 0-6.

Before the interval Dean McDermott got a first score in some 13minutes for his side after Gerard Mellor had picked up a break ball and from the next kickout Seamus Conlon won a free kick, found Gary Maguire on the right side and the forward drove toward goal where his dipping shot nestled into the far top corner of the net.

In the final minute of the half Damien Holleran added another point for Belcoo but Coleman Corrigan split the posts with a superb sideline ball to leave the sides entering the break with Belcoo 3-4 to 0-7 ahead.


Kinawley's Aaron O'Reilly in possession with Dean McDermott about to make a challenge. PIC Tim Flaherty

The second period was only on a matter of moments when Coleman Corrigan kicked a good point. Aaron O'Reilly added another on 35minutes before Belcoo goalkeeper Aidan Leonard made a stunning save which proved to be a defining moment on reflection of how the game concluded. Shay Keenan strong run and powerful shot was kept out with a strong left handed diving save from Leonard and his defence cleared the remainder of the danger.

Their was a lull in proceedings as the quality of the affair dropped dramatically. Numerous misplaced passes, poor shot selection and consistent stoppages due to clinical fouls ensured neither side registered a score in over 10minutes.

Belcoo substitute Seimi Rafferty was the next to raise the white flag having been gifted by a poor free kick from the Kinawley defence, it was his sides first score of the half some 18minutes into the period and with it Belcoo now moved 3-5 to 0-9 ahead. Daniel McGovern and Aaron Dolan exchanged points before the game entered the final 10minutes where Kinawley completely dominated.


Ian & Martin Corrigan attempt to block a late Kinawley effort at goal PIC: Tim Flaherty

Coleman Corrigan knocked over two points while Stephen McTaggart brought just two points between the sides. Belcoo were in full panic mode at this stage and had Ian Corrigan dismissed for second yellow card tackle.

Ciaran Melanophy hit a late free but from the following kickout Belcoo gained possession and referee Shane McGoldrick drew the game to a close as the hosts held on to nick the win.

Team: Aidan Leonard, Mark Nugent, Shane McAloon, Martin Corrigan, Declan Leonard, Stephen Nolan, Dean McDermott (0-1), Seamus Conlon, Ronan Meehan, Aidan McGrath, Gerard Mellor, Aaron Dolan (0-2), Damien Holleran (1-1), Ian Corrigan (1-0), Gary Maguire (1-1, 1f). Subs Used Shain Gallagher, Seimi Rafferty (0-1).

Other Results: Maguiresbridge 2-13 v 0-8 Brookeboro... Lisnaskea 1-11 v 2-7 St. Pat's... Irvinestown 1-13 v 1-12 St. Joseph's.

League Table after Results on Saturday 1st June:

  P W D L F A Pts
St Patrick's 7 6 0 1 124 76 12
Kinawley 8 5 0 3 107 78 10
Lisnaskea 7 4 1 2 81 85 9
Belcoo 7 4 0 3 100 85 8
Brookeboro 8 3 0 5 93 129 6
Irvinestown 7 2 1 4 71 73 5
Maguiresbridge 5 2 0 3 67 76 4
St Joseph's 7 1 0 6 69 110 2




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