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MATCH REPORT : Belcoo 1-11 Teemore 2-8

Box Score

Oct. 7, 2009

Belcoo denied by late equaliser

League leaders Teemore were to find mid table Belcoo a tough enough handful and the Shamrocks had to come from behind to earn a draw with a late free fired over by the dependable Sean Curry.

With Teemore assured of their slot in the semi finals, it was Belcoo who had the sharper motivation coming into this game, a win keeping them well in the qualification frame. The draw doesn't rule them out of the equation but they are now on the fringe of the qualification race and cannot afford to drop any more points if they are to stand any chance of making the top four.

This was a tightly competitive game all the way through, Teemore leading by a goal at the break but then finding themselves coming under increasing pressure as Belcoo managed to step up the pace of their game.

In an entertaining closing thirty minutes, each side was to snap up a goal and the lead was to change hands on a couple of occasions, so perhaps a share of the spoils was in the end a fair enough result for neither side had been able to establish a lengthy patch of dominance.

For Belcoo, full forward Stephen Maguire won a decent share of possession and in their defence the youthful James Stewart put in a promising display. In centrefield, Brian Cox was much to the fore in a team which worked hard.

For Teemore, Hugh Brady was a force around the middle of the park and Gerry Quinlan was a presence in the attack with John Fitzpatrick also getting a fair amount of ball and half back Joey Donegan turned in his usual nimble performance.

Key score of the first half was the tenth minute Teemore goal. This was a penalty, the initial kick from Sean Curry sent wide but there had been encroachment and Curry was given a retake which he duly dispatched to the net. That score edged Teemore into the lead and they were to hold it to the interval.

Belcoo had a five points first half tally, Ciaran Flaherty, Brian Cox, Paul McGrath and Ciaran Leonard on the mark, Declan Drumm and Sean Curry responsible for the brace of Teemore scores.

Belcoo had a terrific restart as they homed in for a rapid fire three points salvo, all three supplied by Stephen Maguire, one of them coming from play. Looking good for the home side but they then shipped a blow when Teemore struck back with their second goal of the afternoon.

This was a score from Gary Fitzpatrick who came in on the end of a fluent movement but Teemore were not to build on this and instead it was Belcoo who responded with a smart burst which featured a goal. Brian Cox tossed in a high centre which was challenged for by Stephen Maguire and a Teemore defender the ball ricocheting into the net.

That levelled the sides and Belcoo went on to grab the lead thanks to a wonderful point from distance by Paul McGrath but in a hectic finish which had both teams enjoy profitable attacks, Teemore levelled again before subsititute Ronan Ferguson took a neat point to give Belcoo the lead again however it was Teemore who carved out the late draw.

Referee: Seamus McMahon, St Patricks.






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